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Downhill, Men

Date 9 February 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationCasserousse, Chamrousse (Piste Casserousse)
Participants86 from 29 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: ?
Length: 2890 m
Start Altitude: 2252 m
Vertical Drop: 840 m

Jean-Claude Killy was considered possibly the greatest Alpine skier ever. He had been World Champion in 1966 in the downhill and combined and in the inaugural World Cup year of 1966-67, he won the title in the overall and all three disciplines. Born in Val d’Isère in the Savoy Alps, the movie star handsome Killy was a local boy in Grenoble and all French hopes rested on his shoulders. The first skier off in the downhill was Killy’s teammate, Guy Périllat, who posted 1:59.93, a time which held up thru the first 13 skiiers. But Killy was the 14th skier and Périllat expected him to better his time. Killy did, to win the gold medal, but by only 8/100ths of a second. Killy, though a titular amateur, was known to have numerous endorsement contracts and when he finished his race, he was embraced by his manager, Michel Arpin, who made certain that Killy’s back, containing the name “Dynamic”, the skis Killy used, was visible to all in the television audience.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
114Jean-Claude KillyFRA1:59.85Gold
21Guy PérillatFRA1:59.93Silver
34Jean-Daniel DätwylerSUI2:00.32Bronze
49Heini MessnerAUT2:01.03
511Karl SchranzAUT2:01.89
63Ivo MahlknechtITA2:02.00
721Gerhard PrinzingFRG2:02.10
813Bernard OrcelFRA2:02.22
910Gerhard NenningAUT2:02.31
102Edy BruggmannSUI2:02.36
116Gerhard MussnerITA2:02.50
1228Luggi LeitnerFRG2:02.54
135Egon ZimmermannAUT2:02.55
148Jos MinschSUI2:02.76
157Franz VoglerFRG2:02.94
1627Dumeng GiovanoliSUI2:02.98
1724Bjarne StrandNOR2:03.20
1812Billy KiddUSA2:03.40
1919Dieter FerschFRG2:03.41
2015Léo LacroixFRA2:03.86
2120Dennis McCoyUSA2:04.82
2223Teresio VachetITA2:04.90
2344Jon Terje ØverlandNOR2:05.34
2430Malcolm MilneAUS2:05.36
2542Jeremy Palmer-TomkinsonGBR2:05.43
2657Andrzej Bachleda-CuruśPOL2:05.48
2748Wayne HendersonCAN2:05.56
2818Renato ValentiniITA2:05.61
2941Rune LindströmSWE2:05.69
3040Ulf EkstamFIN2:06.14
3131Gerry RinaldiCAN2:06.30
3245Aurelio GarcíaESP2:06.84
3347Josef GassnerLIE2:06.91
3463Lasse HamreNOR2:06.93
3543Milan PažoutTCH2:07.45
3638Jaroslav JandaTCH2:07.71
3750Wolfgang EnderLIE2:08.08
3862Francisco Fernández OchoaESP2:08.67
3953Luciano del CachoESP2:08.85
4092Viktor BelyakovURS2:09.32
4146Andrej KlinarYUG2:09.61
4254Robert PalmerNZL2:09.79
4368Per-Olov RichardssonSWE2:09.83
4461Ian ToddGBR2:10.00
4573Tsuneo NotoJPN2:10.32
4671Mario VeraCHI2:10.44
4769Jože GazvodaYUG2:10.51
4864Ryszard ĆwikłaPOL2:10.63
4972Andrey BelokrinkinURS2:10.98
5067Luke O'ReillyGBR2:10.99
5158Blaž JakopičYUG2:11.00
5256Antonio CampañáESP2:11.11
5370Jeremy BujakowskiIND2:11.82
5474Yoshiharu FukuharaJPN2:14.09
5596Gustavo EzquerraARG2:17.11
5659David BorradaileGBR2:17.31
5790Roberto ThostrupARG2:17.35
5886Richard LeatherbeeCHI2:17.86
5993Hitonari MaruyamaJPN2:18.04
6087Félipe BrionesCHI2:18.07
6191Thomas HuppertNZL2:18.29
6298Dan CristeaROU2:18.52
6389Petar AngelovBUL2:18.71
6488Juichi MaruyamaJPN2:19.33
6578Dorin MunteanuROU2:22.53
6681Lotfollah Kia ShemshakiIRI2:23.60
67100Özer AteşçiTUR2:25.18
68103Fayzollah Band AliIRI2:27.07
69102Ovaness MeguerdonianIRI2:30.25
7097Athanasios TsimikalisGRE2:36.93
71101Mehmet YıldırımTUR2:40.79
7279Dimitrios PapposGRE2:44.10
7382Ali SavehIRI2:47.88
AC17Jere ElliottUSADNF
AC22Rod HebronCANDNF
AC26Jim BarrowsUSADNF
AC29Eberhard RiedelGDRDNF
AC49Otto TschudiNORDNF
AC60Hans-Walter SchädlerLIEDNF
AC80Arnold BeckLIEDNF
AC83Bahattin TopalTURDNF
AC99Mehmet GökcanTURDNF
AC25Peter DuncanCANDQ
AC39Raimo ManninenFINDQ
AC55Vasily MelnikovURSDQ
AC95Murray GardnerNZLDQ
DNS77Hernán BrionesCHI
DNS94Michael DennisNZL