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Downhill, Men

Date30 January 1964 — 15:01
StatusOlympic
LocationPatscherkofel, Igls
Participants84 from 27 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 14
Length: 3120 m
Start Altitude: 1952 m
Vertical Drop: 867 m

The men’s downhill was scheduled as the opening Alpine event of the 1964 Winter Olympics, beginning a tradition that still continues. But it began neath the mist of tragedy, as Australian Ross Milne had been killed during a training run on the Patscherkofel when he collided with a tree. The early leader was Frenchman Léo Lacroix, who posted 2:18.90 as the fourth starter. Three spots later, Egon Zimmermann, one of the leaders of the Austrian team, entered the starting gate. Zimmermann had won the 1962 giant slalom World Championship and was bronze medalist that year in the downhill, also winning the vaunted Hahnenkamm downhill in 1963. He moved ahead of Lacroix with a time of 2:18.16. But the competition could not be over until the 13th skier went down, Austrian Karl Schranz, the 1962 World Champion in downhill and combined. But Schranz made several mistakes in his run, placing only 11th and the gold medal was Zimmermann’s.

In this era, there were two Egon Zimmermann’s competing on the Austrian ski team, which has led to some confusion about their lives. Josef Egon Norbert Zimmermann competed at the 1960 Winter Olympics in downhill, after competing at the 1958 World Championships, where he met American skier, Penny Pitou. They later married but divorced in 1968. The winner of this event is simply Egon Zimmermann, who competed at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics, of whom it is often written that he married Pitou, which is incorrect. However, this Egon Zimmermann, the Olympic downhill champion, was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
17Egon ZimmermannAUT2:18.16Gold
24Léo LacroixFRA2:18.90Silver
311Wolfgang BartelsGER2:19.48Bronze
410Jos MinschSUI2:19.54
53Luggi LeitnerGER2:19.67
66Guy PérillatFRA2:19.79
715Gerhard NenningAUT2:19.98
824Willy FavreSUI2:20.23
914Willy BognerGER2:20.72
1012Heini MessnerAUT2:20.74
1113Karl SchranzAUT2:20.98
125Fritz WagnerbergerGER2:21.03
1316Dumeng GiovanoliSUI2:21.16
1420Ni Orsi, Jr.USA2:21.59
1527François BonlieuFRA2:21.71
161Billy KiddUSA2:21.82
178Buddy WernerUSA2:22.05
1822Georg GrünenfelderSUI2:22.69
192Ivo MahlknechtITA2:22.72
2021Chuck FerriesUSA2:23.00
2125Paride MiliantiITA2:23.01
2230Raimo ManninenFIN2:23.94
2319Bruno AlbertiITA2:25.30
2463Jerzy Woyna OrlewiczPOL2:25.88
2523Jean-Guy BrunetCAN2:26.59
2649Ulf EkstamFIN2:27.31
2734Martino FillITA2:27.33
2829Gary BattistellaCAN2:27.74
2932Peter LakotaYUG2:27.82
3035Rod HebronCAN2:27.90
3146Bengt-Erik GrahnSWE2:29.29
3261Jon Terje ØverlandNOR2:29.74
3370Hajime TomiiJPN2:30.02
3448Peter DuncanCAN2:30.06
3540Luis ViuESP2:30.35
3676Vasily MelnikovURS2:30.83
3745Olle RolénSWE2:31.14
3843Arild HolmNOR2:31.32
3937Radim KoloušekTCH2:31.34
4041Bronisław TrzebuniaPOL2:32.29
4160Juan GarrigaESP2:32.85
429Jean-Claude KillyFRA2:32.96
4351Francisco Javier MasanaESP2:33.52
4439John RigbyGBR2:34.32
4562Yoshiharu FukuharaJPN2:34.55
4672Tsuneo NotoJPN2:34.76
4775Tally MonastyryovURS2:35.27
4855Hans-Walter SchädlerLIE2:35.84
4944Andrzej DerezińskiPOL2:35.89
5054Charles, Count de WestenholzGBR2:36.12
5142Fric DetičekYUG2:36.54
5238August WolfingerLIE2:37.25
5365Josef GassnerLIE2:37.38
5469Valery SheinURS2:38.13
5574Andrej KlinarYUG2:39.79
5677Charles Palmer-TomkinsonGBR2:39.97
5767Yoshihiro OhiraJPN2:40.82
5853Hernán BoherCHI2:41.67
5952Karim, Prince Aga KhanIRI2:42.59
6081Petar AngelovBUL2:43.32
6173Simon BrownAUS2:44.07
6278Oto PustoslemšekYUG2:44.77
6386Muzaffer DemirhanTUR2:45.63
6483Pedro KlempaARG2:47.07
6558Lotfollah Kia ShemshakiIRI2:50.70
6668Fayzollah Band AliIRI2:52.44
6779Nazih GeageaLBN2:55.34
6880Peter WenzelAUS2:55.58
6971Ovaness MeguerdonianIRI2:57.10
7082Osman YüceTUR3:03.66
7184Zeki ŞamiloğluTUR3:05.71
7287Abdurrahman KüçükTUR3:09.99
7389Kostas KarydasGRE3:10.09
7490Jean KeyrouzLBN3:40.44
7585Michel RahmeLBN3:55.15
7688Jorge Abelardo EirasARG4:34.51
7764Juan HolzCHI4:51.18
AC47Claudio WernliCHIDQ
AC31Rune LindströmSWEDNF
AC33Jeremy BujakowskiINDDNF
AC50Lars OlssonSWEDNF
AC56BotoESPDNF
AC57Jonathan TaylorGBRDNF
AC91Sami BeyrounLBNDNF