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Giant Slalom, Men

Date25 February 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationNakiska (Whoop Up)
Participants117 from 38 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)UNK
Course Setter (Run 2)George CapaulUSA
DetailsGates: 47 / 48
Length: ?
Start Altitude: 2243 m
Vertical Drop: 369 m

At the time of the 1988 Calgary Olympics, the best technical skier in the world was the Italian playboy Alberto Tomba, who was relatively new to the international ski circuit. But Tomba was leading the 1987-88 World Cup race in both giant slalom and slalom, having won seven races coming into Calgary. On the first run, Tomba obliterated the field, leading the second best finisher, Hubert Strolz (AUT), by over a full second.

Before the second run could start, tragedy occurred when the 47-year-old Austrian team physician and orthopaedic surgeon Jörg Oberhammer, who was skiing at the base of the hill, collided with another skier, 55-year-old Brian Nock, a technician for Canadian television. Oberhammer was knocked down into the tracks of a snow-grooming machine and was crushed, killing him instantly. Two Swiss skiers, Pirmin Zurbriggen and Martin Hangl, witnessed the event and were badly shaken. Zurbriggen managed to start the second run and would win a bronze medal, but Hangl collapsed at the top of the hill and had to withdraw. On the second run, Strolz slightly edged Tomba, but Tomba’s lead from the first run was too large and he won the gold medal easily, with Strolz taking silver.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
11Alberto TombaITA2:06.371:03.91 (1)1:02.46 (2)Gold
29Hubert StrolzAUT2:07.411:05.05 (2)1:02.36 (1)Silver
314Pirmin ZurbriggenSUI2:08.391:05.57 (3)1:02.82 (4)Bronze
43Ivano CamozziITA2:08.771:05.86 (6)1:02.91 (6)
511Rudi NierlichAUT2:08.921:05.75 (5)1:03.17 (9)
610Andi WenzelLIE2:09.031:05.65 (4)1:03.38 (11)
712Helmut MayerAUT2:09.091:06.32 (10)1:02.77 (3)
87Frank WörndlFRG2:09.221:06.10 (7)1:03.12 (8)
919Rok PetrovičYUG2:09.321:06.31 (9)1:03.01 (7)
1015Joël GaspozSUI2:09.571:06.70 (13)1:02.87 (5)
114Günther MaderAUT2:10.041:06.74 (15)1:03.30 (10)
1228Tiger ShawUSA2:10.231:06.71 (14)1:03.52 (12)
1322Felix McGrathUSA2:10.601:06.79 (16)1:03.81 (13)
148Hans PierenSUI2:10.681:06.46 (11)1:04.22 (17)
1529Klemen BergantYUG2:11.041:07.16 (19)1:03.88 (14)
1626Johan WallnerSWE2:11.301:06.84 (17)1:04.46 (20)
1734Carlo GerosaITA2:11.651:06.90 (18)1:04.75 (24)
1818Christian GaidetFRA2:11.671:07.59 (23)1:04.08 (16)
196Markus WasmeierFRG2:11.691:06.60 (12)1:05.09 (26)
2013Marc GirardelliLUX2:11.791:07.79 (26)1:04.00 (15)
2127Jonas NilssonSWE2:11.981:07.58 (22)1:04.40 (18)
2216Jörgen SundqvistSWE2:12.111:07.68 (25)1:04.43 (19)
2325Robert ŽanYUG2:12.181:07.67 (24)1:04.51 (21)
2420Yves TavernierFRA2:12.211:07.44 (20)1:04.77 (25)
2533Günther MarxerLIE2:12.721:08.00 (27)1:04.72 (23)
2642Armin BittnerFRG2:13.271:08.56 (32)1:04.71 (22)
2741Heinz HolzerITA2:13.281:08.08 (28)1:05.20 (27)
2831Tetsuya OkabeJPN2:14.491:08.30 (29)1:06.19 (32)
2944Silvio WilleLIE2:15.081:09.20 (34)1:05.88 (30)
3038Sergey PetrikURS2:15.161:09.78 (38)1:05.38 (28)
3151Chiaki IshiokaJPN2:15.401:09.11 (33)1:06.29 (=33)
3253Richard BigginsAUS2:15.481:09.33 (36)1:06.15 (31)
3345Peter JurkoTCH2:15.501:09.21 (35)1:06.29 (=33)
3443Bob OrmsbyUSA2:15.851:10.07 (39)1:05.78 (29)
3554Konstantin ChistyakovURS2:16.671:10.09 (40)1:06.58 (35)
3648Steven LeeAUS2:17.541:10.64 (41)1:06.90 (36)
3752Jorge PujolESP2:19.471:11.31 (44)1:08.16 (37)
3872Elias MajdalaniLBN2:19.581:10.95 (43)1:08.63 (39)
3959Delfín CampoESP2:20.181:11.68 (45)1:08.50 (38)
4060Juan Pablo SantiagosCHI2:21.471:12.69 (49)1:08.78 (40)
4158Martin BellGBR2:22.361:12.64 (48)1:09.72 (42)
4266Daníel HilmarssonISL2:22.741:13.15 (50)1:09.59 (41)
4367Mauricio RotellaCHI2:23.131:12.40 (47)1:10.73 (44)
4474Paulo OppligerCHI2:23.761:13.16 (51)1:10.60 (43)
4569Jorge BirknerARG2:24.231:13.36 (52)1:10.87 (45)
4677Ignacio BirknerARG2:26.081:14.67 (55)1:11.41 (46)
4775Javier RivaraARG2:28.651:15.69 (56)1:12.96 (47)
4873Nam Won-GiKOR2:31.781:17.06 (57)1:14.72 (49)
4971Giannis StamatiouGRE2:32.461:17.36 (58)1:15.10 (50)
5084Ioannis KaprarasGRE2:32.871:18.23 (60)1:14.64 (48)
5176Kang Nak-YounKOR2:33.181:17.41 (59)1:15.77 (52)
5281Hubertus von HohenloheMEX2:34.571:18.86 (62)1:15.71 (51)
53112Göksay DemirhanTUR2:35.561:18.82 (61)1:16.74 (54)
5482Sokratis AristodimouCYP2:37.071:20.54 (64)1:16.53 (53)
55111Resul SareTUR2:37.401:20.04 (63)1:17.36 (56)
5683Nicola ErcolaniSMR2:38.561:21.42 (65)1:17.14 (55)
57100Alex Christian BenoitMEX2:41.451:22.35 (67)1:19.10 (57)
5880Alekhis FotiadisCYP2:43.621:23.17 (68)1:20.45 (=58)
59110Ahmet DemirTUR2:43.741:23.29 (69)1:20.45 (=58)
6088Fabio GuardigliSMR2:46.551:24.40 (70)1:22.15 (60)
6187Kevin WilsonPUR2:49.191:26.31 (71)1:22.88 (61)
62102Arturo KinchCRC2:49.831:26.71 (72)1:23.12 (62)
6390Francesco CardelliSMR2:51.431:27.15 (74)1:24.28 (63)
6489Fabrice NotariMON2:52.151:27.14 (73)1:25.01 (64)
6594Carlos Andrés BrudererGUA2:55.621:29.45 (75)1:26.17 (65)
6691Walter SandzaPUR3:08.771:35.34 (76)1:33.43 (66)
6792Félix FlechasPUR3:13.001:38.01 (77)1:34.99 (67)
68104Julián MuñozCRC3:20.591:38.71 (78)1:41.88 (69)
6998Alfredo RegoGUA3:26.591:45.07 (80)1:41.52 (68)
DNF17Tomaž ČižmanYUG1:06.16 (8)– (DNF)
DNF2Martin HanglSUI1:07.51 (21)– (DNS)
DNF5Ingemar StenmarkSWE1:08.49 (30)– (DNF)
DNF47Robert BüchelLIE1:08.55 (31)– (DNF)
DNF46Finn Christian JaggeNOR1:09.70 (37)– (DNF)
DNF49Lyubomir PopovBUL1:10.73 (42)– (DNF)
DNF50Matthias HubrichNZL1:12.25 (46)– (DNS)
DNF63Robbie HourmontGBR1:13.54 (53)– (DNF)
DNF86Riccardo StacchiniSMR1:21.89 (66)– (DNF)
DNF105José Manuel BejaranoBOL1:39.50 (79)– (DNS)
DNF106Patrice MartellMEX– (TNK)– (DNF)
DNF21Peter RothFRG– (DNF)
DNF32Alain FeutrierFRA– (DNF)
DNF35Simon Wi RuteneNZL– (DNF)
DNF36Luis Fernández OchoaESP– (DNF)
DNF40Jack MillerUSA– (DNF)
DNF55Adrián BírešTCH– (DNF)
DNF56Morgan JonesGBR– (DNF)
DNF57Borislav DimitrachkovBUL– (DNF)
DNF61Graham BellGBR– (DNF)
DNF62Stefan ShalamanovBUL– (DNF)
DNF68Katsuhito KumagaiJPN– (DNF)
DNF70Nils LinnebergCHI– (DNF)
DNF78Park Jae-HyukKOR– (DNF)
DNF79Federico van DitmarARG– (DNF)
DNF85Jason EdelmannPUR– (DNF)
DNF93Christian BrudererGUA– (DNF)
DNF95Yakup Kadri BirinciTUR– (DNF)
DNF96Hur Seung-WookKOR– (DNF)
DNF109Carlos PrunedaMEX– (DNF)
DQ64Gerard EscodaAND1:13.84 (54)– (DQ)
DQ23Jim ReadCAN– (DQ)
DQ30Alain VilliardCAN[1:08.77] (DQ)
DQ37Peter BosingerCAN– (DQ)
DQ39Greg GrossmannCAN– (DQ)
DQ97Guillermo ÁvilaBOL– (DQ)
DQ99Chen Tong-JongTPE– (DQ)
DQ103Karim SabbaghLBN– (DQ)
DQ107Jaime BasconBOL– (DQ)
DQ108Pierre SuccarLBN– (DQ)
DQ113Lin Chi-LiangTPE– (DQ)
DQ114Ong Ching-MingTPE– (DQ)
DQ115Toni SalameLBN– (DQ)
DQ116Kuo Koul-HwaTPE– (DQ)
DQ117Enrique MontanoBOL– (DQ)
DQ118Ahmad OuachitMAR– (DQ)
DQ119Lotfi HousnialaouiMAR– (DQ)
DQ120Ahmed Ait MoulayMAR– (DQ)
DNS65Nahum OrobitgAND– (DNS)
DNS24Franck PiccardFRA– (DNS)
DNS101John ReeveISV– (DNS)