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18 kilometres, Men

Date12 February 1936 — 10:02
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympia-Skistadion, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Participants75 from 22 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 275 m
Maximum Climb: ?
Total Climbing: ?

Two days after the dramatic relay competition, a record field of 75 skiers lined up for the 18 km., of which 16 were entered both for the 18 km. and the Nordic Combined. In addition another 35 skiers competed only in the combined event, making a total field for the day of 110 skiers, starting at 30 second intervals. The conditions were excellent, temperatures varying from – 2 to – 5 C.° around the course, which had an elevation change of 275 meters. The highly favored Scandinavian teams had made minor changes from their relay quartets. Most surprising perhaps, Finland had put Pekka Niemi onto the team instead of Klaes Karppinen, World Champion in the event in 1935. The Norwegians had entered the 1930 world champion Arne Rustadstuen instead of Sverre Brodahl, who had to be content with starting “only” in the Nordic combined. Oddbjørn Hagen and Olaf Hoffsbakken were entered for both events.

Of the early starters, Lukáš·Mihalák from Czechoslovakia was the first skier to beat 1-20 at the finish, and he was in the lead until Norway’s double world champion in Nordic Combined from 1934 and 1935, Oddbjørn Hagen, reached the finishing line in a time almost 3 and a half minutes faster. Neither Finland’s World Champion, Sulo Nurmela, nor the Swede, Martin Matsbo, could match Hagen, Matsbo finishing 1:29 behind. But the Swede Erik Larsson, nicknamed “Kiruna-Lasse” (he was a miner from Kiruna in Swedish Lapland), made the race of his life. Starting half a minute behind Rustadstuen, he caught the Norwegian early and pushed ahead mercilessly, beating Hagen’s leading time by 55 seconds. Of the late starters, Niemi was able to beat Matsbo by a scant margin and secure a bronze medal for Finland. The hero from the relay race Kalle Jalkanen, starting next to last wearing start number 111, had a bad day and could only finish in a disappointing 12th place, beaten by the Swedish Olympic champion by almost five minutes.

Larsson, only aged 23 when we won his Olympic gold, was born in a poor family in the Finnish speaking village of Kurravarra, 12 km. north-east of the mining town Kiruna. Shortly after his Olympic gold, he ended his sport career, donating his prizes and Olympic medals to his local congregation, and became a leading Laestadian Christian preacher in Kiruna. His granddaughter Åsa Larsson became one of Sweden’s most well-known crime fiction authors. Bronze medalist Niemi, born in Finnish Lapland, had a great year in 1937 when he was 50 km. World Championship. In 1938 he also won the prestigious Holmenkollen over the same distance.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
193Erik LarssonSWE1-14:38– (–)Gold
259Oddbjørn HagenNOR1-15:33– (–)Silver
3104Pekka NiemiFIN1-16:59– (–)Bronze
478Martin MatsboSWE1-17:02– (–)
5102Olaf HoffsbakkenNOR1-17:37– (–)
692Arne RustadstuenNOR1-18:13– (–)
762Sulo NurmelaFIN1-18:20– (–)
860Artur HäggbladSWE1-18:55– (–)
977Bjarne IversenNOR1-18:56– (–)
1044Lukáš MihalákTCH1-19:01– (–)
1195František ŠimůnekTCH1-19:09– (–)
12111Kalle JalkanenFIN1-19:27– (–)
1348Vincenzo DemetzITA1-20:06– (–)
14105Cyril MusilTCH1-20:14– (–)
1594Matti LähdeFIN1-20:21– (–)
1627Severino MenardiITA1-20:34– (–)
1720Ivan LindgrenSWE1-21:04– (–)
1845Walter MotzGER1-21:20– (–)
194Giulio GerardiITA1-21:25– (–)
2064Georg von KaufmannGER1-22:39– (–)
2163Gustl BerauerTCH1-23:04– (–)
2255Michał GórskiPOL1-23:11– (–)
2383Alojz KlančnikYUG1-23:18– (–)
2475Robert GindreFRA1-23:48– (–)
25107Franc SmolejYUG1-24:03– (–)
2651August SondereggerSUI1-24:27– (–)
27112Toni ZellerGER1-24:32– (–)
286Harald BosioAUT1-24:39– (–)
2982Friedl DäuberGER1-24:57– (–)
3017Vello KaaristoEST1-25:11– (–)
31109Willy BernathSUI1-25:12– (–)
3235Marian OrlewiczPOL1-25:27– (–)
3390Bronisław CzechPOL1-25:55– (–)
3432Karl Magnus SatreUSA1-25:56– (–)
3516Léonce CretinFRA1-26:11– (–)
3649Hans JamnigAUT1-26:20– (–)
3738Fernand MermoudFRA1-26:31– (–)
382Avgust JakopičYUG1-26:48– (–)
3985Fred RössnerAUT1-27:05– (–)
408Dolfi FreiburghausSUI1-27:08– (–)
4129Erich GallwitzAUT1-27:28– (–)
4213Stanisław KarpielPOL1-27:31– (–)
4357Alfred JacomisFRA1-27:49– (–)
4425Leon KnapYUG1-28:31– (–)
4588Berger TorrissenUSA1-29:08– (–)
469Richard ParsonsUSA1-30:09– (–)
4774Bud ClarkCAN1-30:20– (–)
4852Warren ChiversUSA1-30:25– (–)
4968Shinzo YamadaJPN1-31:28– (–)
5012Pauls KaņepsLAT1-31:44– (–)
5131Eduard MüllerSUI1-32:04– (–)
5284Raffaele NasiITA1-32:12– (–)
5318Khristo KochovBUL1-32:30– (–)
5456William BallCAN1-32:46– (–)
5530Tsutomu SekidoJPN1-32:48– (–)
567Ginzo YamadaJPN1-33:17– (–)
5715Tom MobraatenCAN1-33:28– (–)
5834Herberts DāboliņšLAT1-34:20– (–)
5950Hiroshi TadanoJPN1-35:28– (–)
6026Ioan ComanROU1-36:21– (–)
613Iosif CovaciROU1-37:23– (–)
6233Tomás VelascoESP1-37:25– (–)
6353Jesús Suárez-ValgrandeESP1-39:12– (–)
6437Karl Johan BaadsvikCAN1-39:30– (–)
6511José Oriol CanalsESP1-40:14– (–)
6676Ivan AngelakovBUL1-41:44– (–)
6789Alberts RiekstiņšLAT1-42:16– (–)
6891Dimitar KostovBUL1-42:22– (–)
6972Kārlis BukassLAT1-42:57– (–)
7039Racho ZhekovBUL1-43:11– (–)
7136Francis WalterGBR1-44:13– (–)
7261Mehmut Şevket KarmanTUR2-09:36– (–)
AC10Dimitrios NegrepontisGRE– (–)DNF
AC21Cemal TiginTUR– (–)DNF
AC71Enrique MillánESP– (–)DNF
DNS47Rudolf KloecknerROU– (–)
DNS87Alfred LimacherSUI– (–)
DNS79Reşat ErceşTUR– (–)
DNS42Sadri ErkılıçTUR– (–)