| Event type

18 kilometres, Men

Date17 February 1928 — 9:00
LocationSkistadion, St. Moritz
Participants49 from 15 countries
DetailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: ?
Maximum Climb: ?
Total Climbing: 400 m

As four years before, the 18 km race was held 3 days after the 50 km. race. Most of the competitors from the marathon distance were still not completely recovered from that effort. Nine of the 49 starting skiers were also entered for the Nordic Combined event, among them the great Norwegian all-rounder Johan Grøttumsbraaten. Four years earlier he was overshadowed by his countryman Thorleif Haug and had to be content with one silver and two bronze medals, but in 1926 he was the first World Champion in Nordic Combined.

The weather had changed again. Now the föhn was over, and the temperature was stable around -7° C. The track was icy and fast with a height difference of 400 m, demanding great technical skills from the skiers.

At the halfway point Grøttumsbraaten had a commanding lead over Ole Hegge, the only competitor from the 50 km. event who was able to fight for a medal, and the Finn Martti Lappalainen. In the last part of the race the Norwegian quartet dominated the race, but a strong finish by the best of the Finns, Veli Saarinen, prevented the Norwegians from taking the first four places.

Grøttumsbraaten won his first gold, Hegge was second and Reidar Ødegård from Lillehammer came in third. The Swedish favorite, Sven Utterström, was apparently still not recovered from his illness and ended as a disappointing 8th. The Scandinavian skiers were still dominating, taking the first nine places. Czechoslovakia had the best Middle European team with their best skiers in 10th and 11th place.

Ole Hegge, originating from the Tromsø area far behind the Artic Circle, was the first Olympic medallist from the Arctic Region and an extremely talented skier. He was raised in a poor farming family, became a big local hero but had the habit of almost always coming in second place in important meetings, he did it three times in the Holmenkollen 50 km. In 1928 he emigrated to USA, but in his 90s he visited his birth village in Northern Norway, and was received by his former countrymen as a true skiing hero.

1Johan GrøttumsbraatenNOR1-37:01Gold
2Ole HeggeNOR1-39:01Silver
3Reidar ØdegårdNOR1-40:11Bronze
4Veli SaarinenFIN1-40:57
5Hagbart HåkonsenNOR1-41:29
6Per Erik HedlundSWE1-41:51
=7Lars-Theodor JonssonSWE1-41:59
=7Martti LappalainenFIN1-41:59
9Sven UtterströmSWE1-42:04
10Ville MattilaFIN1-44:37
11Franz DonthTCH1-47:14
12Vladimír NovákTCH1-47:53
13Einar MässeliFIN1-47:55
14Ludwig BöckGER1-48:56
15Walter BussmannSUI1-49:46
16Otakar NěmeckýTCH1-50:20
17Harald PaumgartenAUT1-51:43
18Józef BujakPOL1-54:38
19Otto WahlGER1-55:00
20Hans BauerGER1-57:03
21Otto FurrerSUI1-57:05
22Mattia DemetzITA1-57:08
23Zdzisław MotykaPOL1-58:10
24Florian ZoggSUI1-58:52
25Andrzej Krzeptowski IIPOL1-59:02
26Joško JanšaYUG2-01:14
27Takeo YazawaJPN2-02:29
28François VallierFRA2-03:27
29Wilhelm BraunGER2-03:52
30Paul SimondFRA2-03:54
31Sakuta TakefushiJPN2-04:20
32Minoru NagataJPN2-04:23
33Maurice MandrillonFRA2-04:39
34Giovanni TestaITA2-08:49
35Vitale VenziITA2-09:28
36Martial PayotFRA2-09:42
37Subaru TakahashiJPN2-10:57
38William ThompsonCAN2-12:24
39Petar KlofutarYUG2-14:08
40Janko JanšaYUG2-19:54
41Merritt PutmanCAN2-22:40
42Boris RežekYUG2-28:44
43Anders HaugenUSA2-30:30
44Charles ProctorUSA2-35:00
45Rolf MonsenUSA2-48:00
DNFVolger AnderssonSWE
DNFGyula SzepesHUN
DNFFerenc NémethHUN
DNFAlfons JulenSUI