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Downhill, Men

Date 9 February 1992 — 12:15
StatusOlympic
LocationVal d'Isère
Participants55 from 24 countries
Course SetterBernhard RussiIFR
Venue detailsGates: 42
Length: 3048 m
Start Altitude: 2809 m
Vertical Drop: 973 m

Switzerland’s Franz Heinzer was favored, having won the 1991 World Championship and World Cup, and leading the 1991-92 World Cup race coming into Albertville. There was some criticism of the course on the Face Bellevarde, which was designed by Bernhard Russi, and was considered more like a super-G than a downhill. There were rumors that the course was set up to favor French super-G specialist Franck Piccard. One of the biggest critics was the Austrian Patrick Ortlieb, but as the first skier off, he posted 1:50.37, a time which would eventually win him the gold medal, with Piccard placing second. Austrian Günther Mader was third in 1:50.47 and the 1/10th second difference between 1st and 3rd made this the closest of all Olympic downhills for the podium positions. Heinzer would place sixth.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
11Patrick OrtliebAUT1:50.37Gold
22Franck PiccardFRA1:50.42Silver
314Günther MaderAUT1:50.47Bronze
423Markus WasmeierGER1:50.62
56Jan Einar ThorsenNOR1:50.79
612Franz HeinzerSUI1:51.39
73Hansjörg TauscherGER1:51.49
85Lasse ArnesenNOR1:51.63
915A J KittUSA1:51.98
1022Franco ColturiITA1:52.07
1113Kristian GhedinaITA1:52.28
1216Luc AlphandFRA1:52.34
134Daniel MahrerSUI1:52.39
1430Gianfranco MartinITA1:52.48
157Xavier GigandetSUI1:52.50
1628Kyle RasmussenUSA1:52.71
1710Helmut HöflehnerAUT1:53.10
1826Felix BelczykCAN1:53.37
1911Berni HuberGER1:53.38
2021Tommy MoeUSA1:53.40
2134Vitaly AndreyevEUN1:53.52
2233Aleksey MaslovEUN1:53.68
238Brian StemmleCAN1:53.77
2432Konstantin ChistyakovEUN1:53.93
2539Tsuyoshi TomiiJPN1:54.23
2637Kjetil André AamodtNOR1:54.24
2725Denis ReyFRA1:54.28
2824Reggie CristUSA1:54.54
2938Martin BellGBR1:54.83
3045Ricardo CampoESP1:54.89
3119Boris DuncanGBR1:54.95
3240Tom StiansenNOR1:55.62
3335Graham BellGBR1:55.82
3441Marián BírešTCH1:56.21
3542Paulo OppligerCHI1:56.30
3636Steven LeeAUS1:58.55
3750Petar DichevBUL2:01.21
3848Hubertus von HohenloheMEX2:02.98
3954Choi Yong-HeeKOR2:04.85
4047Alexis RaclozCHI2:05.61
4146Lothar Christian MunderBRA2:07.34
4255Emilian FocșeneanuROU2:08.81
4351Péter KristályHUN2:09.88
4456Aurel FoiciucROU2:09.94
4552Lamine GuèyeSEN2:12.84
AC9Leonhard StockAUTDNF
AC17Danilo SbardellottoITADNF
AC18Marc GirardelliLUXDNF
AC20Adrien DuvillardFRADNF
AC27Paul AccolaSUIDNF
AC31Roman TornCANDNF
AC43Markus FoserLIEDNF
AC44Nils LinnebergCHIDNF
AC53Alphonse GomisSENDNF
AC29Cary MullenCANDQ
DNS49Pierre KőszáliHUN