| Event type

Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date 6 February 1972
LocationMiyanomori Jump Hill, Sapporo
Participants56 from 16 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Olympic Record 80.5 / Josef Matouš TCH / 31 January 1964
Judge #1Fumio AsakiJPN
Judge #2F. WurthFRA
Judge #3Mikhail KhimichevURS
Judge #4Miloslav BělonožníkTCH
Judge #5B. KramaršičYUG
DetailsK-Point: 86 m

The host nation for the 1972 Winter Games, Japan, had only been able to collect one silver medal in earlier Olympic Winter Games, done by Chiharu Igaya in men’s slalom in Cortina 1956. But this time they had great expectations for their excellent ski jumping team. The team was composed of four experienced jumpers, all of whom had shown good form early in the season. The big star was undoubtedly 28-year old Yukio Kasaya. He had taken a silver medal in the Normal Hill at the 1970 World Championships behind double gold medalist Gari Napalkov of Soviet. In the Four Hill’s Tournament at the beginning of the Olympic season, Kasaya had won the first three competitions. After that the Japanese team returned home to Japan to prepare for their home Olympics. Kasaya would probably have won the overall combined tournament easily, instead the Norwegian Ingolf Mork was the overall winner due to Kasaya’s absence in the fourth competition. Also the fact that all jumpers of the Japanese team came from Hokkaido made the local interest for the Normal Hill competition, three days after the opening of the Games, enormous.

After the first round the Japanese audience went wild: The Japanese quartet held the first four positions! Kasaya made a perfect jump of 84.0 m, the longest of the day, but was closely followed by Seiji Aochi, who jumped 83.5 m. In third place was Akitsugu Konno from Sapporo, followed by the fourth Japanese, Takashi Fujisawa, the silver medalist in the Large Hill from the World Championships in Oslo six years earlier. Best of the non-Japanese jumpers was the Swede Rolf Nordgren followed by another surprise man, the 19-year old Pole Wojciech Fortuna.

The Japanese team was under great pressure from the home crowd before the start of the second round. Kasaya kept cool, had the best jump of all in the second round and won by a margin of almost 10 points. Konno made the second best jump of the second round and advanced to silver, and Aochi secured a clean medal sweep for Japan, the first in ski jumping since the Norwegian team made it in 1948. Only Fujisawa could not repeat his first jump, he missed totally and fell down from fourth to 23rd in the final ranking. Mork advanced from 14th after the first round, being the best non-Japanese in fourth place, and defending Olympic Champion Jiří Raška climbed from 13th to a final fifth place. Fortuna kept his sixth place from the first round, and the double World 1970 Champion Napalkov had to be content with a seventh place.

Kasaya and his teammates were celebrated as national heroes, Japan having avenged the disappointing results from their male speed skating sprinters in the 500 m from the day before.

PosCompetitorNOCPointsJump #1Jump #2
1Yukio KasayaJPN244.2126.6 (1)117.6 (1)Gold
2Akitsugu KonnoJPN234.8120.2 (3)114.6 (2)Silver
3Seiji AochiJPN229.5123.3 (2)106.2 (12)Bronze
4Ingolf MorkNOR225.5112.0 (14)113.5 (3)
5Jiří RaškaTCH224.8112.3 (13)112.5 (4)
6Wojciech FortunaPOL222.0115.4 (6)106.6 (10)
=7Gary NapalkovURS220.2112.4 (=11)107.8 (7)
=7Karel KodejškaTCH220.2114.7 (7)105.5 (14)
9K'oba Ts'akadzeURS219.9109.7 (17)110.2 (=5)
10Peter ŠtefančičYUG218.1107.9 (21)110.2 (=5)
=11Zbyněk HubačTCH217.8113.1 (10)104.7 (15)
=11Frithjof Prydz, Jr.NOR217.8114.2 (9)103.6 (16)
=11Rolf NordgrenSWE217.8115.7 (5)102.1 (22)
14Walter SteinerSUI217.4110.6 (16)106.8 (9)
15Rainer SchmidtGDR217.2114.5 (8)102.7 (18)
16Ernst von GrünigenSUI212.4109.5 (=18)102.9 (17)
17Rauno MiettinenFIN212.0105.5 (25)106.5 (11)
=18Henry GlaßGDR211.8109.5 (=18)102.3 (=19)
=18Tauno KäyhköFIN211.8105.8 (=23)106.0 (13)
20Yury KalininURS211.6111.8 (15)99.8 (28)
21Anatoly ZheglanovURS210.0102.3 (31)107.7 (8)
22Hans SchmidSUI208.9106.6 (22)102.3 (=19)
23Takashi FujisawaJPN207.8117.8 (4)90.0 (46)
24Adam KrzysztofiakPOL207.3105.0 (27)102.3 (=19)
25Kari YlianttilaFIN206.6104.8 (28)101.8 (23)
26Rudi WannerAUT205.0104.4 (29)100.6 (26)
27Danilo PudgarYUG204.7112.4 (=11)92.3 (40)
28Josef ZehnderSUI203.7105.8 (=23)97.9 (31)
=29Rudolf HöhnlTCH201.6100.8 (34)100.8 (25)
=29Reinhold BachlerAUT201.6100.3 (=36)101.3 (24)
31Hans-Georg AschenbachGDR198.5103.1 (30)95.4 (34)
32Tadeusz PawlusiakPOL197.998.8 (40)99.1 (30)
33Nils-Per SkarsethNOR197.6101.3 (33)96.3 (33)
34Jerry MartinUSA197.2105.3 (26)91.9 (42)
35Drago PudgarYUG197.197.8 (42)99.3 (29)
36Max GolserAUT195.895.5 (44)100.3 (27)
37Marjan MesecYUG195.4100.1 (38)95.3 (=35)
38Manfred WolfGDR195.0109.2 (20)85.8 (49)
39Stanisław Gąsienica DanielPOL194.097.3 (43)96.7 (32)
40Zdenek MezlCAN192.8100.6 (35)92.2 (41)
41Ron SteeleUSA192.399.2 (39)93.1 (39)
42Anders LundqvistSWE191.898.3 (41)93.5 (38)
43Gilbert PoirotFRA188.793.4 (45)95.3 (=35)
44Ulf KvendboCAN187.893.0 (=46)94.8 (37)
45Esko RautionahoFIN187.7100.3 (=36)87.4 (47)
46Günther GöllnerFRG185.9101.6 (32)84.3 (=50)
47Alfred GroscheFRG182.892.2 (48)90.6 (43)
48Rick GulyasCAN181.390.8 (49)90.5 (44)
49Sepp SchwinghammerFRG180.189.8 (51)90.3 (45)
50Greg SworUSA179.493.0 (=46)86.4 (48)
51Jo Inge BjørnebyeNOR174.290.3 (50)83.9 (52)
52Scott BerryUSA172.087.7 (53)84.3 (=50)
53Alain MacleFRA165.987.2 (54)78.7 (53)
54Yvan RichardFRA164.388.0 (52)76.3 (54)
55Ezio DamolinITA162.787.0 (55)75.7 (55)
56Peter WilsonCAN149.479.4 (56)70.0 (56)