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Downhill, Men

Date 2 February 1948 — 10:01
StatusOlympic
LocationCorviglia, St. Moritz
Participants111 from 25 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: ?
Length: 3400 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 900 m

Henri Oreiller won the downhill competition by a huge margin of over 4 seconds. He would also add a second gold medal in the combined at the St. Moritz Olympics, using his dominant downhill performance as a section of that event, and added a bronze in the slalom. Oreiller had been a member of the French underground during World War II. He continued to compete thru 1952, placing fourth in the giant slalom at the 1950 Worlds. He then turned to car racing and raced for 10 years before dying in a crash of his Ferrari at Linas-Montlhéry race track. The bronze medalist was Switzerland’s Karl Molitor married Antoinette Meyer, silver medalist in the slalom in St. Moritz, later that year.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
19Henri OreillerFRA2:55.0Gold
224Franz GablAUT2:59.1Silver
=38Karl MolitorSUI3:00.3Bronze
=312Ralph OlingerSUI3:00.3Bronze
542Egon SchöpfAUT3:01.2
=65Silvio AlveràITA3:02.4
=649Carlo GartnerITA3:02.4
813Fernand GrosjeanSUI3:03.1
910Hans NoglerAUT3:03.2
106Hans HanssonSWE3:05.0
=1118Sverre Lassen-UrdahlNOR3:06.4
=1150Adolf OdermattSUI3:06.4
131James CouttetFRA3:07.3
1428Engelbert HaiderAUT3:08.2
1516Eberhard KneislAUT3:08.3
1623Bjarne ArentzNOR3:09.0
1731Antonín ŠponarTCH3:09.1
1836Romedi SpadaSUI3:09.2
192Edi MallAUT3:09.3
2041Marius EriksenNOR3:09.4
2114Vittorio ChierroniITA3:10.0
2226Edy ReinalterSUI3:11.0
=2338Guy de HuertasFRA3:12.0
=2327Georges PanissetFRA3:12.0
254Sverre JohannessenNOR3:12.1
2622Jack ReddishUSA3:12.3
2730Luboš BrchelTCH3:12.4
=2846Harvey CliffordCAN3:14.1
=2844Hector SutherlandCAN3:14.1
3045Sixten IsbergSWE3:15.0
313Stein EriksenNOR3:15.1
3221Eugenio BoniccoITA3:15.4
3317Jean PazziFRA3:16.1
3425Claude PenzFRA3:19.2
3568Józef MarusarzPOL3:20.2
3673Tine MulejYUG3:21.1
3758Jan Gąsienica CiaptakPOL3:21.3
3848Åke NilssonSWE3:22.2
3933Pentti AlonenFIN3:22.3
4032Stig SollanderSWE3:23.1
4115Olle DalmanSWE3:23.2
4237Dick MovitzUSA3:25.2
4320Steve KnowltonUSA3:26.2
4447Bob Blatt, Jr.USA3:27.4
4535Dev JenningsUSA3:28.2
4675Daniel ŠlachtaTCH3:29.4
4711Barney McLeanUSA3:30.1
4864Péter SziklaHUN3:30.4
4990Sándor MazányHUN3:31.4
5086Michel FeronBEL3:34.3
5178Radu ScîrneciROU3:35.0
5274Tamás SzékelyHUN3:36.0
5376Aimo VartiainenFIN3:36.4
5471Slavko LukancYUG3:37.1
5593Franz BeckLIE3:38.3
5654Bert IrwinCAN3:39.1
57116Dumitru FrățilăROU3:39.3
5834Dumitru SulicăROU3:39.4
5960Hernán OelckersCHI3:40.2
=60103Donald GarrowGBR3:41.3
=6067Bill IrwinCAN3:41.3
62107David MadzharBUL3:45.3
6399Justo del CarrilARG3:46.2
6496Magnús BrynjólfssonISL3:48.2
6563Károly KőváriHUN3:49.1
6657Ion ColibanROU3:49.2
6795Jerzy SchindlerPOL3:49.4
6869Luis de RidderARG3:50.2
6965Matevž LukancYUG3:50.3
7087Philippe, Count d'UrselBEL3:51.0
=7166Mihai Bîră, Sr.ROU3:52.3
=7177Ciril PračekYUG3:52.3
73105Max GassnerLIE3:53.0
=7455Vasile IonescuROU3:54.1
=74Arturo HammersleyCHI3:54.1
=7456James Palmer-TomkinsonGBR3:54.1
7794György LibikHUN3:55.3
7859Jaime ErrázurizCHI3:56.4
7961Leopold SchädlerLIE4:00.0
8097Jože BertonceljYUG4:00.2
8198Stuart ParkinsonGBR4:03.0
8262Dimitar DrazhevBUL4:07.1
83108Gonzalo DomínguezCHI4:08.3
8491Lajos MátéHUN4:09.0
85117Otto JungARG4:09.3
8679José AriasESP4:11.4
87112Raşit TolunTUR4:12.1
8888Harry TaylorGBR4:17.41
89109Thomas de MorawitzESP4:24.0
9089Theodor SeleLIE4:24.1
=91111Gino de PellegrínARG4:25.2
=91120Ian AppleyardGBR4:25.2
93119Pablo RosenkjerARG4:36.2
94118Dursun BozkurtTUR4:37.3
95106Julio CernudaARG4:46.4
96110Þórir JónssonISL4:47.0
9785Osman YüceTUR4:49.2
98122Guðmundur GuðmundssonISL4:57.0
99104Konstantin, Prince von PaduaLIE5:04.1
100124José VilàESP5:13.0
101100Fotis MavriplisGRE5:39.1
102114Fernando de ArmiñánESP5:41.2
AC7Zeno ColòITADNF2
AC19Roberto LacedelliITADNF
AC29Alfred StägerSUIDNF
AC39Jan PawlicaPOLDNF
AC40Johnny LundeNORDNF
AC72Saša MolnarYUGDNF
AC113Peter BoumphreyGBRDNF
AC92Ibrahim GeageaLBNDQ
AC102Muzaffer DemirhanTURDQ
DNS43Vladimír KrajňákTCH3
DNS70Canuto ErrázurizCHI
DNS80Milan ŠpačekTCH
DNS121Ramón BlancoESP
DNS123Kerami SakaryaTUR
DNS125Juan PollESP
DNSMunir ItaniLBN