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Downhill, Men

Date 5 February 1976 — 12:30
StatusOlympic
LocationPatscherkofel, Igls
Participants74 from 27 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 26
Length: 3020 m
Start Altitude: 1950 m
Vertical Drop: 870 m

All of Austria pinned its hopes on Franz Klammer, who was leading the downhill World Cup in 1976, having lost only one race, having won that title in 1975. But defending champion gold medalist Bernhard Russi went off third and posted a fast time that held up until the end of the seeded racers. Klammer was the last off of the 15 seeds. His run was one of high drama, as he skied on the brink throughout, falling behind Russi at most of the early checkpoints. With what seemed like all of Austria screaming madly for him, taking every chance he could, seemingly on the verge of falling several times, Klammer pulled ahead over the last few metres and won the gold medal. Klammer would dominate the downhill for several years, winning the World Cup title from 1975-78.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
115Franz KlammerAUT1:45.73Gold
23Bernhard RussiSUI1:46.06Silver
38Herbert PlankITA1:46.59Bronze
411Philippe RouxSUI1:46.69
510Ken ReadCAN1:46.83
619Andy MillUSA1:47.06
729Walter TreschSUI1:47.29
813Dave IrwinCAN1:47.41
96Sepp WalcherAUT1:47.45
105Jim HunterCAN1:47.52
1130Greg JonesUSA1:47.84
121René BerthodSUI1:47.89
1322Pete PattersonUSA1:47.94
1421Rolando ThoeniITA1:48.13
1520Peter FischerFRG1:48.18
1624Patrice Pellat-FinetFRA1:48.34
1725Sepp FerstlFRG1:48.41
1828Dave MurrayCAN1:48.43
194Klaus EberhardAUT1:48.45
2042Sumihiro TomiiJPN1:48.88
2116Willi FrommeltLIE1:48.92
=2231David GriffAUS1:49.02
=222Michael VeithFRG1:49.02
2427Karl AndersonUSA1:49.08
259Erik HåkerNOR1:49.19
2614Gustavo ThoeniITA1:49.25
2718Mikio KatagiriJPN1:50.03
2838Andi WenzelLIE1:50.08
2946Wolfgang JungingerFRG1:50.48
3037Alan StewartGBR1:50.56
3144Luis RosenkjerARG1:50.87
3234Stuart FitzsimmonsGBR1:50.89
3345Bohumír ZemanTCH1:51.27
3435Kim CliffordAUS1:51.64
3517Francisco Fernández OchoaESP1:51.91
3636Juan Manuel Fernández OchoaESP1:52.40
=3743Andrej KoželjYUG1:52.75
=3733Peter FuchsGBR1:52.75
3939Juan Ángel OlivieriARG1:52.76
4055Miloslav SochorTCH1:53.48
4132Jaime RosESP1:53.50
4259Jorge GarcíaESP1:53.55
4358Didier XhaetBEL1:53.56
4449Vladimir AndreyevURS1:53.61
4541Robert BlanchaerBEL1:54.30
4640Adjin PašovićYUG1:54.57
4754Carlos Alberto MartínezARG1:54.62
4856Ivan PenevBUL1:55.56
4974Dan CristeaROU1:55.63
5070Georgi KochovBUL1:55.82
5147José Luis KoifmanCHI1:56.30
5250Roman DerezińskiPOL1:56.33
5367Stuart BlakelyNZL1:57.91
5452Antoine CrespoAND1:58.72
5553Gorban Ali KalhorIRI1:59.15
5662Mohammad Hadj Kia ShemshakiIRI1:59.44
5768Ion CavașiROU2:00.19
5861Akbar KaliliIRI2:00.32
5975Rafael CañasCHI2:00.39
6069Brett KendallNZL2:00.57
6163Fernando ReutterCHI2:01.19
6264Carlos FontAND2:01.75
6365Ahmet KıbılTUR2:03.74
6473Mümtaz DemirhanTUR2:06.01
6571Thomas KaradimasGRE2:14.69
6666Spyros TheodorouGRE2:17.08
AC60Robin ArmstrongNZLDNF
AC57Mohammad KalhorIRIDNF
AC51Xavier ArenyANDDNF
AC48Adrián RoncalloARGDNF
AC26Konrad BartelskiGBRDNF
AC23Rob McIntyreAUSDNF
AC12Anton SteinerAUTDNF
AC7Erwin StrickerITADNF
DNS72Murat TosunTUR