Alpine skiing at the 1980 Winter Olympics – Men's downhill

The Men's Downhill competition of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid was held at Whiteface Mountain on Thursday, February 14.[1][2][3]

Men's Downhill
at the XIII Olympic Winter Games
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VenueWhiteface Mountain
Wilmington, New York, U.S.
DateFebruary 14, 1980
Competitors47 from 22 nations
Winning time1:45.50
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Leonhard Stock  Austria
2nd, silver medalist(s) Peter Wirnsberger  Austria
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Steve Podborski  Canada
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Men's Downhill
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LocationWhiteface Mountain
Vertical   832 m (2,730 ft)
Top elevation1,313 m (4,308 ft)  
Base elevation   481 m (1,578 ft)

The defending world champion was Josef Walcher of Austria, while Switzerland's Peter Müller was the defending World Cup downhill champion and led the 1980 World Cup.[4][5] Defending Olympic champion Franz Klammer did not compete; he was not selected to the Austrian Olympic team in 1980.[6]

Gold medalist Leonhard Stock was an alternate on the Austrian downhill team, at the Olympics for the slalom. His fast training times earned him a spot on the four-man team, displacing Walcher, the reigning world champion.[7][8][9] All four Austrians in the race finished in the top ten and Müller was fourth.

The course started at an elevation of 1,313 m (4,308 ft) above sea level with a vertical drop of 832 m (2,730 ft) and a length of 3.009 km (1.87 mi). Stock's winning time was 105.50 seconds, yielding an average speed of 102.677 km/h (63.8 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 7.886 m/s (25.9 ft/s).

ResultsEdit

The race was started at 11:30 local time, (UTC −5). At the starting gate, the skies were broken overcast and snowing, the temperature was −10.0 °C (14.0 °F), wind speed was 53 km/h (33 mph) and the snow condition was hard packed.

Rank Bib Name Country Time Difference
  9 Leonhard Stock   Austria 1:45.50 -
  13 Peter Wirnsberger   Austria 1:46.12 +0.62
  15 Steve Podborski   Canada 1:46.62 +1.12
4 10 Peter Müller   Switzerland 1:46.75 +1.25
5 23 Pete Patterson   United States 1:47.04 +1.54
6 3 Herbert Plank   Italy 1:47.13 +1.63
7 12 Werner Grissmann   Austria 1:47.21 +1.71
8 19 Valeri Tsyganov   Soviet Union 1:47.34 +1.84
9 1 Harti Weirather   Austria 1:47.70 +2.20
10 11 Dave Murray   Canada 1:47.95 +2.45
11 16 Dave Irwin   Canada 1:48.12 +2.62
12 27 Konrad Bartelski   Great Britain 1:48.53 +3.03
13 30 Bohumír Zeman   Czechoslovakia 1:48.65 +3.15
14 25 Phil Mahre   United States 1:48.88 +3.38
15 6 Giuliano Giardini   Italy 1:48.98 +3.48
16 21 Andy Mill   United States 1:49.07 +3.57
17 5 Erik Håker   Norway 1:49.09 +3.59
18 17 Urs Räber   Switzerland 1:49.16 +3.66
19 26 Arnt Erik Dale   Norway 1:49.26 +3.76
20 20 Andreas Wenzel   Liechtenstein 1:49.71 +4.21
21 22 Mikio Katagiri   Japan 1:49.77 +4.27
22 4 Vladimir Makeyev   Soviet Union 1:49.87 +4.37
23 2 Michael Veith   West Germany 1:50.00 +4.50
24 7 Erwin Josi   Switzerland 1:50.03 +4.53
25 24 Philippe Pugnat   France 1:50.13 +4.63
26 28 Antony Guss   Australia 1:50.22 +4.72
27 29 Francisco Fernández Ochoa   Spain 1:50.69 +5.19
28 32 Ross Blyth   Great Britain 1:51.12 +5.62
29 31 David Cargill   Great Britain 1:52.02 +6.52
30 33 Alan Stewart   Great Britain 1:53.41 +7.91
31 36 Norberto Quiroga   Argentina 1:54.31 +8.81
32 35 Stuart Blakely   New Zealand 1:55.41 +9.91
33 34 Henri Mollin   Belgium 1:55.83 +10.33
34 37 Didier Lamont   Belgium 1:57.57 +12.07
35 47 Carlos Font   Andorra 1:57.81 +12.31
36 46 Marcelo Martínez   Argentina 1:58.04 +12.54
37 38 Janez Flere   Argentina 1:59.01 +13.51
38 43 Guillermo Giumelli   Argentina 2:00.10 +14.60
39 39 Miguel Font   Andorra 2:02.01 +16.51
40 41 Hong In-gi   South Korea 2:03.08 +17.58
41 45 Arturo Kinch   Costa Rica 2:12.24 +26.74
42 44 Billy Farwig   Bolivia 2:12.66 +27.16
- 40 Patrick Toussaint   Andorra DNF -
- 18 Karl Anderson   United States DNF -
- 14 Ken Read   Canada DNF -
- 8 Toni Bürgler   Switzerland DNF -
- 42 Scott Alan Sánchez   Bolivia DQ -

Source:[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Official Report of the XIIIth Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980 - Official Results" (PDF). Lake Placid Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1980. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games: Men's Downhill". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (February 11, 1980). "The Downhill: Majesty and Madness". Sports Illustrated. (Olympic preview). p. 84.
  4. ^ "1979 World Cup standings". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "1978 World Championships results". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Anderson, Dave (February 14, 1980). "Klammer Olympic absentee". Palm Beach Post. (New York Times). p. D1.
  7. ^ "For Stock, it was an uphill battle". St. Petersburg Independent. (Florida). Associated Press. February 15, 1980. p. 5C.
  8. ^ Mizell, Hubert (February 15, 1980). "Unknown Austrian skier Stock suddenly is hero". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). p. 1C.
  9. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (February 25, 1980). "Austria storms the hill". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.

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