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Downhill, Men

Date16 February 1952 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationNorefjell
Participants82 from 27 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 20
Length: 2435 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 710 m

At the 1950 World Championships Zeno Colò won gold medals in the downhill and giant slalom, and a silver in the slalom. In 1948 he had won the Lauberhorn downhill, and won the slalom there in 1949 and 1950. Considered the best Alpine skier in the world, he was favored in this event and did not disappoint, winning by over a full second. Also highly considered was Austria’s Christian Pravda, who had won the 1951 Hahnenkamm downhill, and would finish third in Oslo, and later win the 1954 downhill Worlds. Colò was declared a professional in 1954 due to his endorsement of ski equipment. The silver medalist was Austrian Othmar Schneider, who won the slalom later in the 1952 Winter Olympics.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
15Zeno ColòITA2:30.8Gold
28Othmar SchneiderAUT2:32.0Silver
312Christian PravdaAUT2:32.4Bronze
46Fred RubiSUI2:32.5
541Bill BeckUSA2:33.3
616Stein EriksenNOR2:33.8
73Gunnar HjeltnesNOR2:35.9
81Carlo GartnerITA2:36.5
925Georges SchneiderSUI2:37.0
1010Gottlieb PerrenSUI2:37.1
112James CouttetFRA2:38.7
1232Dick BuekUSA2:39.1
1349Janko ŠtefeYUG2:40.6
=1424Jack ReddishUSA2:41.5
=1415Henri OreillerFRA2:41.5
1622Willi KleinGER2:42.8
1739Beni ObermüllerGER2:42.9
=189Ilio ColliITA2:43.2
=1838Robert RichardsonCAN2:43.2
=2026Silvio AlveràITA2:43.6
=2037Johnny LundeNOR2:43.6
2248Andrzej Gąsienica RojPOL2:44.3
2333John FredrikssonSWE2:44.5
2423Chiharu IgayaJPN2:45.0
2511Maurice SanglardFRA2:45.4
2613Bernhard PerrenSUI2:46.1
2729Åke NilssonSWE2:47.0
287Otto LinherAUT2:47.9
2951Stefan DziedzicPOL2:49.4
3083Georgi DimitrovBUL2:49.9
3146Gordon MorrisonCAN2:51.1
=3230Brooks Dodge, Jr.USA2:52.2
=3269Jack GriffinCAN2:52.2
3444Sixten IsbergSWE2:53.4
=3527Guy de HuertasFRA2:54.4
=3559Mihai Bîră, Sr.ROU2:54.4
3750Francisco ViladomatESP2:55.4
3843Peppi SchwaigerGER2:55.5
=3934John BoyagisGBR2:55.6
=3977Dimitar DrazhevBUL2:55.6
4145André BertrandCAN2:56.0
4255Andrzej CzarniakPOL2:56.4
4340Józef MarusarzPOL2:58.7
4465Pentti AlonenFIN2:59.7
4554Dick PappenheimNED3:00.0
4647Luis de RidderARG3:01.8
4766Pablo RosenkjerARG3:02.9
4864Peter PappenheimNED3:05.7
4963Haukur SigurðssonISL3:06.0
5091Stefán KristjánssonISL3:06.1
5142Dumitru SulicăROU3:07.3
5281Ásgeir EyjólfssonISL3:08.3
5353Luis AriasESP3:09.2
=5457Juan PollESP3:10.1
=5467Jón Karl SigurðssonISL3:10.1
5689Eino KalpalaFIN3:16.2
5776Ibrahim GeageaLBN3:20.2
5858Noel HarrisonGBR3:21.5
5992aIon CașaROU3:26.4
6061Bill DayAUS3:31.4
6160Michel FeronBEL3:31.5
6293Otto JungARG3:34.9
6390Denis FeronBEL3:36.5
6470Georgi MitrovBUL3:44.5
6578Herbie FamiltonNZL3:44.6
6673Eduardo SilvaCHI3:52.3
6774Barry PattenAUS3:53.1
6871Jaime ErrázurizCHI3:53.3
6980Duarte SilvaPOR3:58.4
7092bGino de PellegrínARG4:02.0
7188Bob ArnottAUS4:13.5
7287Alexandros VouxinosGRE6:10.8
AC4Egon SchöpfAUTDNF1
AC14Stig SollanderSWEDQ
AC19Sverre JohannessenNORDQ
AC31Hisashi MizugamiJPNDQ
AC72Radu ScîrneciROUDQ
AC79Angelos LembesiGREDQ
AC82Carlos EirasARGDQ
AC84Aristeo BenavídezARGDQ
AC86Antonios MyliordosGREDQ
AC36Pepi ErbenGERDNF2