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50 kilometres, Men

Date14 February 1976 — 8:30
StatusOlympic
LocationLanglaufstadion, Seefeld
Participants59 from 17 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 162 m
Intermediate 1: 15.0 km
Intermediate 2: 25.0 km
Intermediate 3: 40.0 km
Maximum Climb: 98 m
Total Climbing: 1,190 m

Ivar Formo, a 24-year old engineering student from Oslo, was the only Norwegian who had done as expected so far in the Olympic cross-country tracks around Seefeld. He was full of self confidence before the last event, the 50 km race, organized the day before the closing of the Games. With defending Olympic champion Pål Tyldum also on the team Norway hoped for revenge, but they feared the Soviet skiers, and also the reigning World Champion, East German Gerhard Grimmer, who was counted as a major contender for the gold.

At 10 km, the 24-year old Soviet Vasily Rochev, bronze medalist in 15 km at the 1974 World Championship, had taken the lead, 13 seconds ahead of Sven-Åke Lundbäck from Sweden, 1972 Olympic Champion in the 15 km. At the halfway point, the amazing American Bill Koch, skiing his first ever 50 km in competition, had advanced from fourth to the top of the leaderboard, 8 seconds ahead of East Germany’s Gert-Dietmar Klause. Formo followed in third place, while Rochev had dropped down to fourth. Now Formo started his move. At the 40 km intermediate mark, he was in the lead, 32 seconds ahead of Klause. Rochev was now in third, still in contention for a medal, but he was closely followed by the steadily advancing Swede Benny Södergren, the youngster Koch and World Champion Grimmer. Over the last 10 km, Rochev and Koch faded badly, losing five minutes more to the leaders and dropped down to 12th and 13th place in the final results. Formo ran a perfect calculated race, finished fastest of all and restored Norwegian cross-country pride with a gold medal, Norway being the first nation to win the 50 km at three consecutive Winter Olympics. Klause was a clear second, and Södergren’s well paced finish earned Sweden their only Nordic skiing medal at the 1976 winter Olympics. The best Soviet skier, Ivan Garanin had advanced steadily over the last part of the race and ended as fourth, a minute too late to secure a medal.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
142Ivar FormoNOR2-37:30.0546:08.01 (5)1-17:21.32 (3)2-05:29.91 (1)Gold
237Gert-Dietmar KlauseGDR2-38:13.2145:55.56 (3)1-17:00.72 (2)2-06:02.04 (2)Silver
334Benny SödergrenSWE2-39:39.2146:25.57 (9)1-17:52.02 (6)2-07:29.87 (4)Bronze
450Ivan GaraninURS2-40:38.9446:16.40 (7)1-18:15.31 (8)2-07:56.60 (7)
524Gerhard GrimmerGDR2-41:15.4646:22.39 (8)1-17:57.25 (7)2-07:35.94 (6)
646Per Knut AalandNOR2-41:18.0646:52.84 (13)1-18:37.74 (10)2-08:36.34 (8)
716Pål TyldumNOR2-42:21.8648:04.48 (28)1-20:08.40 (23)2-09:35.27 (11)
86Tommy LimbySWE2-42:43.5846:46.58 (11)1-18:47.83 (11)2-09:12.63 (10)
944Juhani RepoFIN2-42:54.8947:50.34 (26)1-19:36.44 (16)2-09:48.24 (12)
1021Arto KoivistoFIN2-43:44.7947:10.82 (14)1-19:56.23 (21)2-10:25.32 (17)
1126Jean-Paul PierratFRA2-44:03.3147:41.15 (21)1-19:33.62 (15)2-10:22.30 (16)
1222Vasily RochevURS2-44:31.2345:40.40 (1)1-17:40.82 (4)2-07:23.51 (3)
1323Bill KochUSA2-44:34.6946:03.10 (4)1-16:52.41 (1)2-07:33.98 (5)
1415Milan JarýTCH2-44:51.1646:44.27 (10)1-18:49.29 (12)2-10:18.29 (15)
1541Jiří BeranTCH2-44:51.8047:15.40 (17)1-19:55.59 (19)2-11:37.13 (21)
1649Sven-Åke LundbäckSWE2-45:04.8245:53.23 (2)1-17:43.94 (5)2-09:51.04 (13)
1755Ján FajstavrTCH2-45:19.9147:55.71 (27)1-20:48.38 (28)2-11:45.76 (23)
1818Franz RenggliSUI2-45:25.2446:48.17 (12)1-19:00.67 (13)2-10:16.23 (14)
1925Matti KuoskuSWE2-45:33.4147:41.93 (23)1-20:06.34 (22)2-11:39.83 (22)
205Heinz GählerSUI2-45:51.6447:14.28 (16)1-19:28.93 (14)2-10:36.52 (18)
2145Sergey SavelyevURS2-46:01.3646:08.65 (6)1-18:29.91 (9)2-09:08.32 (9)
2220Hans SkinstadCAN2-46:11.8348:27.34 (35)1-20:59.78 (32)2-12:19.72 (25)
2333Georg ZipfelFRG2-46:20.3047:13.24 (15)1-19:56.13 (20)2-11:29.46 (20)
2417Herbert WachterAUT2-46:40.2547:41.79 (22)1-19:39.57 (17)2-11:56.90 (24)
254Walter DemelFRG2-46:55.9547:48.28 (24)1-20:29.03 (25)2-12:22.84 (26)
2638Werner VogelAUT2-47:05.6348:35.05 (37)1-20:48.68 (29)2-13:15.54 (31)
2751Pertti TeurajärviFIN2-47:25.6048:18.34 (31)1-20:56.58 (31)2-12:52.89 (28)
2857Gerd HeßlerGDR2-47:34.9048:26.27 (34)1-21:26.24 (35)2-12:58.00 (30)
293Jean-Paul VandelFRA2-47:45.2047:30.75 (19)1-19:54.58 (18)2-11:26.28 (19)
3027Stanislav HenychTCH2-48:00.2747:39.20 (20)1-20:33.03 (26)2-12:51.13 (27)
3132Venanz EggerSUI2-48:30.7048:10.25 (30)1-20:24.78 (24)2-13:49.31 (32)
3258Christian PfeutiSUI2-49:50.9047:48.75 (25)1-20:48.86 (30)2-15:09.16 (35)
337Dieter MeinelGDR2-49:52.4248:07.61 (29)1-21:25.68 (34)2-14:14.82 (33)
348Juha MietoFIN2-50:03.6148:21.61 (33)1-22:43.66 (38)2-15:18.63 (36)
3512Reinhold FeichterAUT2-50:53.0048:20.50 (32)1-21:11.88 (33)2-12:57.93 (29)
3654Stan DunkleeUSA2-51:26.2849:19.09 (38)1-22:08.14 (37)2-14:46.51 (34)
3739Edward DayCAN2-51:58.7549:26.67 (39)1-22:43.97 (39)2-16:39.09 (38)
3810Yevgeny BelyayevURS2-54:00.5547:18.99 (18)1-20:45.32 (27)2-15:47.36 (37)
3929Lyubomir ToskovBUL2-55:11.1148:27.87 (36)1-21:56.25 (36)2-16:52.41 (39)
401Petar PankovBUL2-57:07.9351:47.40 (41)1-25:34.67 (40)2-21:29.84 (40)
4152Ernie LennieCAN3-01:01.5752:16.43 (42)1-27:26.40 (42)2-23:44.38 (43)
422Halldór MatthíassonISL3-02:51.1752:48.22 (44)1-28:11.94 (44)2-23:33.23 (42)
4348Heinrich WallnerAUT3-03:58.1951:03.88 (40)1-25:40.20 (41)2-22:45.35 (41)
4413Maksi JelencYUG3-05:05.9452:35.56 (43)1-28:06.66 (43)2-26:49.74 (44)
AC40Chris HainesUSA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC35Jan StaszelPOL– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC19Jerzy KoryciakPOL– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC56Franz BetzFRG– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC47Pierre SalviFRA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC53Wiesław GębalaPOL– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC9Tonio BiondiniITA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC43Roberto PrimusITA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC28Georg KandlingerFRG– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC31Oddvar BråNOR– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC36Roland JeannerodFRA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC11Tim CaldwellUSA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC14Bert BullockCAN– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC30Ulrico KostnerITA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC59Carlo FavreITA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF