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4 × 10 kilometres Relay, Men

Date10 February 1936 — 9:02
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympia-Skistadion, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Participants64 from 16 countries
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This event, new on the Olympic program, was introduced at the FIS World Nordic Skiing Championship in Innsbruck 1933, with Sweden as the winner, Norway and Finland not taking part. In Sollefteå, Sweden 1934, Finland won, but Artur Häggblad (Sweden) and Oddbjørn Hagen (Norway) on the anchor leg went off course and lost 10 minutes, allowing Germany to take the silver. In 1935 Finland won again in a tough fight against Norway.

The relay was the first Nordic skiing event in the 1936 Games. Sixteen teams were entered, far more than in the World Championships 1933-1935. Finland had two of their world champions from 1935 on their team, Sulo Nurmela and Klaes Karppinen, anchorman from 1935. Nurmela was now selected for the first leg. Norway had an almost identical team as the silver lineup from 1935, the only difference being that Trygve Brodahl was replaced by his younger brother, Sverre. The Norwegians also put their anchorman from 1935, Hagen, on the opening leg.

The cross-country relay developed into one of the most thrilling events of the Games. On the first leg Hagen, skiing for Norway, pulled away from Nurmela and Sweden’s John Berger when they both fell, and had a one minute lead on Finland and Sweden at the exchange. On the second leg, Olaf Hoffsbakken increased Norway’s lead to 1:23. Erik Larsson was able to catch Karppinen and brought Sweden into silver position, closely followed by Finland. On the third leg Brodahl passed the relay over to Bjarne Iversen with a 1:22 lead ahead of Finland, with Sweden almost another minute back, seemingly out of contention for the gold. On Finland’s anchor leg Kalle Jalkanen had noticed that Iversen, the less merited skier on the Norwegian team, was a good technician on the easier part of the course, but his weak point was obviously uphill. The first half of the course was mostly uphill, and Jalkanen decided to give all he had from the start. His tactics succeeded. He caught the nervous Iversen halfway, they stayed together for another 2-3 km., and then Jalkanen made his final move and was able to leave Iversen 30 m. behind. The winning margin for Finland was 6 seconds.

Jalkanen was the hero of the day with the fastest leg time of all participants. Two years later he was celebrated as world champion over 50 km. on his home ground in Lahti, but on September 5th 1941 he was killed in action on the Kareleian Isthmus in the Continuation War against Soviet Union.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)
13FinlandFIN2-41:33Gold
3-1Sulo Nurmela42:3442:34 (2)
3-2Klaes Karppinen39:561-22:30 (3)
3-3Matti Lähde39:492-02:19 (2)
3-4Kalle Jalkanen39:142-41:33 (1)
213NorwayNOR2-41:39Silver
13-1Oddbjørn Hagen41:3241:32 (1)
13-2Olaf Hoffsbakken39:331-21:05 (1)
13-3Sverre Brodahl39:522-00:57 (1)
13-4Bjarne Iversen40:422-41:39 (2)
31SwedenSWE2-43:03Bronze
1-1John Berger42:4942:49 (3)
1-2Erik Larsson39:391-22:28 (2)
1-3Artur Häggblad40:342-03:02 (3)
1-4Martin Matsbo40:012-43:03 (3)
45ItalyITA2-50:05
5-1Giulio Gerardi43:5943:59 (4)
5-2Severino Menardi40:591-24:58 (4)
5-3Vincenzo Demetz41:512-06:49 (4)
5-4Giovanni Kasebacher43:162-50:05 (4)
52CzechoslovakiaTCH2-51:56
2-1Cyril Musil45:5045:50 (5)
2-2Gustl Berauer42:141-28:04 (5)
2-3Lukáš Mihalák41:272-09:31 (5)
2-4František Šimůnek42:252-51:56 (5)
616GermanyGER2-54:54
16-1Friedl Däuber49:2249:22 (10)
16-2Willy Bogner41:291-30:51 (7)
16-3Herbert Leupold41:372-12:28 (6)
16-4Toni Zeller42:262-54:54 (6)
74PolandPOL2-58:50
4-1Michał Górski46:3746:37 (6)
4-2Marian Orlewicz42:551-29:32 (6)
4-3Stanisław Karpiel44:352-14:07 (7)
4-4Bronisław Czech44:432-58:50 (7)
811AustriaAUT3-02:48
11-1Fred Rössner49:1949:19 (9)
11-2Harald Bosio45:001-34:19 (10)
11-3Erich Gallwitz45:132-19:32 (10)
11-4Hans Baumann43:163-02:48 (8)
910FranceFRA3-03:33
10-1Robert Gindre47:1547:15 (7)
10-2Fernand Mermoud46:061-33:21 (8)
10-3Léonce Crétin44:232-17:44 (8)
10-4Alfred Jacomis45:493-03:33 (9)
106YugoslaviaYUG3-04:38
6-1Leon Knap48:3448:34 (8)
6-2Avgust Jakopič47:221-35:56 (11)
6-3Alojz Klančnik44:512-20:47 (11)
6-4Franc Smolej43:513-04:38 (10)
118United StatesUSA3-06:26
8-1Berger Torrissen49:2549:25 (11)
8-2Warren Chivers44:241-33:49 (9)
8-3Richard Parsons45:022-18:51 (9)
8-4Karl Magnus Satre47:353-06:26 (11)
129JapanJPN3-10:59
9-1Ginzo Yamada51:3851:38 (12)
9-2Tsutomu Sekido45:491-37:27 (12)
9-3Shinzo Yamada45:572-23:24 (12)
9-4Hiroshi Tadano47:353-10:59 (12)
1315LatviaLAT3-26:08
15-1Herberts Dāboliņš54:2554:25 (14)
15-2Pauls Kaņeps50:151-44:40 (=13)
15-3Edgars Gruzītis48:252-33:05 (13)
15-4Alberts Riekstiņš53:033-26:08 (13)
1414RomaniaROU3-27:50
14-1Willi Zacharias56:5656:56 (15)
14-2Iosif Covaci50:231-47:19 (15)
14-3Ioan Coman48:322-35:51 (14)
14-4Rudolf Kloeckner51:593-27:50 (14)
1512BulgariaBUL3-29:39
12-1Hristo Kochov52:3252:32 (13)
12-2Ivan Angelakov52:081-44:40 (=13)
12-3Dimitar Kostov53:592-38:39 (15)
12-4Racho Zhekov51:003-29:39 (15)
DNF7TurkeyTUR
7-1Reşat Erceş1-14:591-14:59 (16)
7-2Sadri Erkılıç1-04:062-19:05 (16)
7-3Cemal Tigin1-10:263-29:31 (16)
7-4Mehmut Şevket Karman– (–)