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Downhill, Men

Date22 February 1960 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSquaw Peak, Squaw Valley, California
Participants63 from 21 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 20
Length: 3095 m
Start Altitude: 2707 m
Vertical Drop: 758 m

This was supposed to be the first Alpine event of the 1960 Winter Olympics but snowstorms forced a three-day postponement. With Austrian superstar Toni Sailer, three-time gold medalist at the 1956 Winter Olympics and 1958 World Championships, now a professional, there was no overwhelming favorite. The seventh skier off, Germany’s Hans Peter Lanig, took the lead with a time of 2:06.5, and it held up for two more skiers. But then France’s Jean Vuarnet, bronze medalist at the 1958 World Championships, came down, one of the first skiers to utilize the modern aerodynamic egg position, and he won the gold medal with his time of 2:06.0. Vuarnet also used metal skis, the first Olympic gold medalist to use what would become standard equipment until composite materials replaced metal. He later lent his name to a popular brand of sunglasses, Vuarnet Sunglasses. Vuarnet had married a French ski racer, Edith Bonlieu, and in 1994, she and their son, Patrick, were among those who participated in a mass suicide by members of the cult, the Order of the Solar Temple.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
110Jean VuarnetFRA2:06.0Gold
27Hans-Peter LanigGER2:06.5Silver
313Guy PérillatFRA2:06.9Bronze
415Willi ForrerSUI2:07.8
58Roger StaubSUI2:08.9
69Bruno AlbertiITA2:09.1
712Karl SchranzAUT2:09.2
82Charles BozonFRA2:09.6
95Willy BognerGER2:09.7
101Egon N. ZimmermannAUT2:09.8
1114Luggi LeitnerGER2:10.2
124Paride MiliantiITA2:10.8
1321Jakob ArdüserSUI2:10.9
1418Dave GorsuchUSA2:11.0
156Pepi StieglerAUT2:13.1
1628Eberhard RiedelGER2:13.3
1726Gordi EatonUSA2:14.0
1823Max MaroltUSA2:14.2
193Anderl MoltererAUT2:15.1
=2025Nando PajarolaSUI2:15.4
=2029Oddvar RønnestadNOR2:15.4
=2224Marvin MelvilleUSA2:15.9
=2232Verne AndersonCAN2:15.9
2422Italo PedroncelliITA2:16.8
2520Felice De NicoloITA2:18.1
2630Jean-Guy BrunetCAN2:18.2
2731Frederick TommyCAN2:18.4
2849Don BruneskiCAN2:19.9
2948Georgi VaroshkinBUL2:20.0
3027Georgi DimitrovBUL2:20.2
3172Francisco CortésCHI2:20.8
3260Vicente VeraCHI2:24.5
3361Jóhann VilbergssonISL2:24.6
3419Chiharu IgayaJPN2:25.0
3538Charlach MackintoshGBR2:25.1
3640Kristinn BenediktssonISL2:26.0
3739Eysteinn ÞórðarsonISL2:26.2
3855Hernán BoherCHI2:26.7
3967Víctor TagleCHI2:26.9
4066Geoff PitchfordGBR2:27.3
4142Adolf FehrLIE2:27.4
4254Manuel García-MoránESP2:27.6
4363Robert SkepperGBR2:28.1
4457Luis SánchezESP2:28.3
4559Osvaldo AncinasARG2:28.4
4646Osamu TadaJPN2:28.5
4744Aleksandar ShalamanovBUL2:29.0
4853Sam ChaffeyNZL2:29.3
=4947Silvan KindleLIE2:29.4
=4956Hermann KindleLIE2:29.4
5145Luis AriasESP2:29.8
5237Bill DayAUS2:30.5
5341Masayoshi MitaniJPN2:31.3
5452Bill HuntNZL2:32.0
5562John OakesGBR2:36.0
5670Ibrahim GeageaLBN2:39.2
5758Peter BrockhoffAUS2:39.7
5874Zeki ŞamiloğluTUR2:42.4
5969Nazih GeageaLBN3:00.3
6071Clemente TellecheaARG3:20.2
6173Im Gyeong-SunKOR3:34.4
AC11Adrien DuvillardFRADQ
AC65Muzaffer DemirhanTURDQ
DNS36Felipe RigatESP
DNS35Takashi TakedaJPN
DNS43Bengt-Erik GrahnSWE