United States at the 1972 Winter Olympics

The United States competed at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.

United States at the
1972 Winter Olympics
Flag of the United States.svg
IOC codeUSA
NOCUnited States Olympic Committee
in Sapporo
Competitors103 (77 men, 26 women) in 10 sports
Flag bearerDianne Holum (speed skating)
Medals
Ranked 5th
Gold
3
Silver
2
Bronze
3
Total
8
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

As Denver were originally to be the host city for the following Winter Olympics (after withdrawing in November 1972, the Games were given to Innsbruck, Austria), an American segment was performed at the closing ceremony.

MedalistsEdit

The following U.S. competitors won medals at the games. In the by discipline sections below, medalists' names are bolded.

Alpine skiingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Classification Final
Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Bob Cochran Downhill N/A 1:53.39 8
David Currier 1:54.96 17
Hank Kashiwa 1:55.60 25
Mike Lafferty 1:54.38 14
Rick Chaffee Giant slalom N/A 1:39.23 36 1:45.09 31 3:24.32 30
Bob Cochran 1:35.39 19 1:40.15 16 3:15.54 17
David Currier DNF
Hank Kashiwa 1:37.42 28 1:40.71 19 3:18.13 21
Rick Chaffee Slalom 1:47.81 3 DNF
Bob Cochran DSQ
Terry Palmer 1:45.82 4 58.78 21 55.50 13 1:54.28 16
Tyler Palmer Bye 57.68 15 54.37 4 1:52.05 9
Women
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Karen Budge Downhill N/A 1:40.68 14
Marilyn Cochran 1:41.96 28
Susan Corrock 1:37.68  
Sandy Poulsen 1:41.25 21
Karen Budge Giant slalom N/A 1:35.57 23
Barbara Cochran 1:33.16 11
Marilyn Cochran 1:35.27 20
Sandy Poulsen DSQ
Patty Boydstun Slalom 48.11 13 47.48 9 1:35.59 8
Barbara Cochran 46.05 1 45.19 2 1:31.24  
Marilyn Cochran DSQ
Susan Corrock 48.09 12 47.67 10 1:35.76 9

BiathlonEdit

Athlete Event Time Misses Rank
Jay Bowerman Individual 1:29:13.71 7 45
Dennis Donahue 1:23:20.39 4 24
Peter Karns 1:20:59.67 2 14
Terry Morse 1:28:40.14 7 41
Jay Bowerman
Dennis Donahue
Peter Karns
Terry Morse
Relay 1:57:24.32 1 (0+1) 6

BobsleighEdit

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Paul Lamey
Howard Siler
Two-man 1:18.13 16 1:16.93 12 1:15.52 15 1:16.04 16 5:06.62 16
Boris Said
Thomas Becker
1:17.34 13 1:17.23 15 1:16.66 21 1:17.71 20 5:08.94 19
Jim Hickey
Jim Bridges
Howard Siler
Thomas Becker
Four-man DSQ
Boris Said
James Copley
Ken Morris
Phil Duprey
1:12.31 13 1:12.34 7 1:11.80 14 1:11.98 12 4:48.43 14

Cross-country skiingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Tim Caldwell 15 km 51:17.92 54
Everett Dunklee 49:52.20 44
Larry Martin 53:13.91 58
Ronny Yeager 51:36.54 55
Mike Elliott 30 km 1:43:15.03 26
Mike Gallagher 1:43:39.41 30
Bob Gray 1:46:38.31 42
Clark Matis 1:52:18.52 53
Everett Dunklee 50 km 2:56:42.49 27
Bob Gray 3:01:15.37 33
Joe McNulty DNF
Gene Morgan 2:54:01.52 24
Tim Caldwell
Mike Elliott
Mike Gallagher
Larry Martin
4×10 km relay 2:14:37.28 12
Women
Athlete Event Time Rank
Barbara Britch 5 km 18:18.37 31
Margie Mahoney 19:15.13 39
Alison Owen-Spencer 18:54.76 36
Martha Rockwell 17:50.34 18
Trina Hosmer 10 km 40:40.56 41
Margie Mahoney 39:27.95 36
Alison Owen-Spencer 38:50.05 35
Martha Rockwell 36:34.22 16
Barbara Britch
Alison Owen-Spencer
Martha Rockwell
3×5 km relay 53:38.60 11

Figure skatingEdit

Individual
Athlete Event CF FS Total
Rank Rank Points Places Rank
Gordon McKellen Men's singles 10 9 2511.0 89 10
John Misha Petkevich 6 2 2591.5 47 5
Kenneth Shelley 5 3 2596.0 43 4
Julie Lynn Holmes Ladies' singles 2 8 2627.0 39 4
Janet Lynn 4 1 2663.1 27  
Suna Murray 13 9 2426.2 102 12
Pairs
Athlete Event SP FS Total
Rank Rank Points Places Rank
Barbara Brown
Douglas Berndt
Pairs 12 13 366.9 114 12
Melissa Militano
Mark Militano
8 7 393.0 65.5 7
JoJo Starbuck
Kenneth Shelley
4 4 406.8 35 4

Ice hockeyEdit

Summary
Team Event First round Consolation game Medal round
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
United States men Men's tournament    Switzerland
W 5–3
Bye   Sweden
L 1–5
  Czechoslovakia
W 5–2
  Soviet Union
L 2–7
  Finland
W 4–1
  Poland
W 6–1
 
Roster
First Round

Winners (in bold) entered the Medal Round. Other teams played a consolation round for 7th-11th places.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
  United States 5–3    Switzerland
Medal round
Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1   Soviet Union 5 4 0 1 33 13 9
2   United States 5 3 2 0 18 15 6
3   Czechoslovakia 5 3 2 0 26 13 6
4   Sweden 5 2 2 1 17 13 5
5   Finland 5 2 3 0 14 24 4
6   Poland 5 0 5 0 9 39 0
  • Sweden 5-1 USA
  • USA 5-1 Czechoslovakia
  • USSR 7-2 USA
  • USA 4-1 Finland
  • USA 6-1 Poland

LugeEdit

Men
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Ralph Havens Singles 55.17 30 54.84 28 54.31 32 54.00 32 3:38.32 32
James Murray 55.31 33 55.22 34 53.94 27 53.46 23 3:37.93 28
Terry O'Brien 55.41 34 55.21 32 54.02 28 53.64 26 3:38.24 31
Bob Rock 55.98 38 55.25 35 53.85 26 1:13.96 44 3:59.04 44
Robert Berkley
Richard Cavanaugh
Doubles 46.58 17 46.59 17 N/A 1:33.17 17
Jack Elder
Frank Jones
46.48 16 46.11 14 1:32.59 15
Women
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Peggy Frair Singles DNF
Kathleen Ann Roberts-Homstad 47.68 19 46.64 15 46.17 14 45.49 12 3:05.98 15

Nordic combinedEdit

Athlete Event Ski Jumping Cross-country Total
Jump 1 Jump 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Mike Devecka Individual 77.6 79.5 157.1 27 50:00.0 205.735 6 362.835 21
Bob Kendall 67.9 71.1 139.0 38 54:34.0 164.635 38 303.635 39
Jim Miller 80.8 58.9 139.7 37 51:09.9 195.250 17 334.950 34
Teyck Weed 66.5 63.3 129.8 40 52:26.2 183.805 29 313.605 38

Ski jumpingEdit

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Distance Points Points Rank
Scott Berry Normal hill 67.5 87.7 66.0 84.3 172.0 52
Jerry Martin 76.0 105.3 69.5 91.9 197.2 34
Ron Steele 75.0 99.2 71.5 93.1 192.3 41
Greg Swor 70.5 93.0 67.0 86.4 179.4 50
Scott Berry Large hill 79.0 76.1 81.5 75.6 151.7 47
Jerry Martin 89.0 89.1 77.5 74.0 163.1 36
Ron Steele 86.5 86.6 89.0 91.1 177.7 25
Greg Swor 80.5 77.2 91.5 95.6 172.8 30

Speed skatingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Neil Blatchford 500 m 40.67 15
Pete Eberling 40.58 11
Greg Lyman 41.30 20
John Wurster DNF
Dan Carroll 1500 m 2:07.24 7
Gary Jonland 2:09.55 14
Clark King 2:14.83 30
Bill Lanigan 2:12.31 25
Dan Carroll 5000 m 7:44.72 10
Charles Gilmore 8:03.04 20
Clark King 8:07.20 21
Dan Carroll 10,000 m 15:44.41 9
Clark King 16:39.82 21
Women
Athlete Event Time Rank
Anne Henning 500 m 43.33 OR  
Kay Lunda 44.95 7
Sheila Young 44.53 4
Anne Henning 1000 m 1:31.62  
Dianne Holum 1:32.41 6
Sheila Young 1:34.97 17
Connie Carpenter-Phinney 1500 m 2:23.93 7
Dianne Holum 2:20.85 OR  
Leah Poulos 2:31.29 24
Dianne Holum 3000 m 4:58.67  
Jeanne Omelenchuk 5:32.87 22
Leah Poulos 5:17.38 17

ReferencesEdit

  • Official Olympic Reports
  • International Olympic Committee results database
  • "Olympic Medal Winners". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  • Olympic Winter Games 1972, full results by sports-reference.com