| Event type

Downhill, Men

Date14 February 1980 — 11:30
LocationWhiteface Mountain Ski Area, Lake Placid (Olympic Downhill)
Participants47 from 22 countries
Course SetterCharlie KahrAUT
DetailsGates: 34
Length: 3009 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 832 m

There was no clear favorite, but one thing was certain, the Austrians had the best team. Of the top 20 ranked downhillers, seven were Austrian. The 1976 champion, Franz Klammer, had been the world’s best from 1975-78 but his performances had fallen off, and he was not chosen for Lake Placid. The Austrians chose four skiers with Leonhard Stock picked as an alternate. But his training performances were better than all the other skiers so he was moved up to start in the downhill, dropping Sepp Walcher, the 1978 World Champion, from the start. Stock started ninth, with the lead at that time held by Italy’s Herbert Plank, but Stock bettered his time by 1.63 seconds to take the lead. And it held up, giving him a very surprising gold medal. He had never won a World Cup race, and would not win another international downhill event until 1989. Another Austrian, Peter Wirnsberger, took silver, with Werner Grissmann seventh, and Harti Weirather ninth. The bronze medal went to one of “The Crazy Canucks,” Steve Podborski, the first Canadian man to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing.

19Leonhard StockAUT1:45.50Gold
213Peter WirnsbergerAUT1:46.12Silver
315Steve PodborskiCAN1:46.62Bronze
410Peter MüllerSUI1:46.75
523Pete PattersonUSA1:47.04
63Herbert PlankITA1:47.13
712Werner GrissmannAUT1:47.21
819Valery TsyganovURS1:47.34
91Harti WeiratherAUT1:47.70
1011Dave MurrayCAN1:47.95
1116Dave IrwinCAN1:48.12
1227Konrad BartelskiGBR1:48.53
1330Bohumír ZemanTCH1:48.65
1425Phil MahreUSA1:48.88
156Giuliano GiardiniITA1:48.98
1621Andy MillUSA1:49.07
175Erik HåkerNOR1:49.09
1817Urs RäberSUI1:49.16
1926Arnt Erik DaleNOR1:49.26
2020Andi WenzelLIE1:49.71
2122Mikio KatagiriJPN1:49.77
224Vladimir MakeyevURS1:49.87
232Michael VeithFRG1:50.00
247Erwin JosiSUI1:50.03
2524Philippe PugnatFRA1:50.13
2628Antony GussAUS1:50.22
2729Francisco Fernández OchoaESP1:50.69
2832Ross BlythGBR1:51.12
2931David CargillGBR1:52.02
3033Alan StewartGBR1:53.41
3136Norberto QuirogaARG1:54.31
3235Stuart BlakelyNZL1:55.41
3334Henri MollinBEL1:55.83
3437Didier LamontBEL1:57.57
3547Carlos FontAND1:57.81
3646Marcelo MartínezARG1:58.04
3738Janez FlereARG1:59.01
3843Guillermo GiumelliARG2:00.10
3939Miguel FontAND2:02.01
4041Hong In-GiKOR2:03.08
4145Arturo KinchCRC2:12.24
4244Billy FarwigBOL2:12.66
DNF40Patrick ToussaintAND
DNF18Karl AndersonUSA
DNF14Ken ReadCAN
DNF8Toni BürglerSUI
DQ42Scott Alan SánchezBOL