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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
Venue 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)
AC17Tomaž ČižmanYUG1:06.16 (8)– (AC)DNF
AC2Martin HanglSUI1:07.51 (21)– (DNS)DNF
AC5Ingemar StenmarkSWE1:08.49 (30)– (AC)DNF
AC47Robert BüchelLIE1:08.55 (31)– (AC)DNF
AC46Finn Christian JaggeNOR1:09.70 (37)– (AC)DNF
AC49Lyubomir PopovBUL1:10.73 (42)– (AC)DNF
AC50Matthias HubrichNZL1:12.25 (46)– (DNS)DNF
AC63Robbie HourmontGBR1:13.54 (53)– (AC)DNF
AC86Riccardo StacchiniSMR1:21.89 (66)– (AC)DNF
AC105José Manuel BejaranoBOL1:39.50 (79)– (DNS)DNF
AC106Patrice MartellMEX– (AC)– (AC)DNF
AC21Peter RothFRG– (AC)DNF
AC32Alain FeutrierFRA– (AC)DNF
AC35Simon Wi RuteneNZL– (AC)DNF
AC36Luis Fernández OchoaESP– (AC)DNF
AC40Jack MillerUSA– (AC)DNF
AC55Adrián BírešTCH– (AC)DNF
AC56Morgan JonesGBR– (AC)DNF
AC57Borislav DimitrachkovBUL– (AC)DNF
AC61Graham BellGBR– (AC)DNF
AC62Stefan ShalamanovBUL– (AC)DNF
AC68Katsuhito KumagaiJPN– (AC)DNF
AC70Nils LinnebergCHI– (AC)DNF
AC78Park Jae-HyukKOR– (AC)DNF
AC79Federico van DitmarARG– (AC)DNF
AC85Jason EdelmannPUR– (AC)DNF
AC93Christian BrudererGUA– (AC)DNF
AC95Yakup Kadri BirinciTUR– (AC)DNF
AC96Hur Seung-WookKOR– (AC)DNF
AC109Carlos PrunedaMEX– (AC)DNF
AC64Gerard EscodaAND1:13.84 (54)– (AC)DQ
AC23Jim ReadCAN– (AC)DQ
AC30Alain VilliardCAN1:08.77 (AC)DQ
AC37Peter BosingerCAN– (AC)DQ
AC39Greg GrossmannCAN– (AC)DQ
AC97Guillermo ÁvilaBOL– (AC)DQ
AC99Chen Tong-JongTPE– (AC)DQ
AC103Karim SabbaghLBN– (AC)DQ
AC107Jaime BasconBOL– (AC)DQ
AC108Pierre SuccarLBN– (AC)DQ
AC113Lin Chi-LiangTPE– (AC)DQ
AC114Ong Ching-MingTPE– (AC)DQ
AC115Toni SalameLBN– (AC)DQ
AC116Kuo Koul-HwaTPE– (AC)DQ
AC117Enrique MontanoBOL– (AC)DQ
AC118Ahmad OuachitMAR– (AC)DQ
AC119Lotfi HousnialaouiMAR– (AC)DQ
AC120Ahmed Ait MoulayMAR– (AC)DQ
DNS65Nahum OrobitgAND– (DNS)
DNS24Franck PiccardFRA– (DNS)
DNS101John ReeveISV– (DNS)