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15 kilometres, Classical, Men

Date19 February 1988 — 9:30
StatusOlympic
LocationCanmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Participants90 from 32 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 150 m
Intermediate 1: 4.6 km
Intermediate 2: 9.8 km
Maximum Climb: 104 m
Total Climbing: 617 m

The defending champion was Sweden’s Gunde Svan who was leading the World Cup standings in 1987-88 and would win the title that season. The 1987 World Champion had been Italy’s Marco Albarello. The early leader was Norwegian Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass who posted 41:33.4 off the 29th start position. This held up for a long time. Soviet skier Vladimir Smirnov was ahead of the pace through the first two checkpoints, but fell back to 41:48.5 at the finish. Albarello started 61st but was never on pace for a medal and would eventually finish ninth. Svan was near the end, starting 84th, but he had wax problems and never came near the leading times, finishing 13th. Mikhail Devyatyarov started two spots later. At 4.6 km he was slightly behind Smirnov’s pace, but behind Mikkelsplass, but at 9.8 km, he was three seconds clear and he would only increase his margin throughout, winning in 41:18.9. Devyatyarov had won a bronze medal in this event at the 1987 World Championships and the relay but this was the highlight of his career. The 1989 World Championships would be won by Gunde Svan. This distance was not held again until 2002, going off the Olympic Program in favor of a 10 km race. The 83rd finisher was Fiji’s Rusiate Rogoyawa who learned to ski while studying electrical engineering in Norway. He did manage to beat two other finishers.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
186Mikhail DevyatyarovURS41:18.913:08.5 (2)28:26.2 (1)Gold
229Pål Gunnar MikkelsplassNOR41:33.413:09.3 (3)28:29.9 (3)Silver
340Vladimir SmirnovURS41:48.513:06.1 (1)28:29.6 (2)Bronze
476Oddvar BråNOR42:17.313:18.0 (5)29:04.6 (=5)
562Uwe BellmannGDR42:17.813:31.2 (15)29:09.3 (8)
610Maurilio De ZoltITA42:31.213:31.6 (16)29:11.1 (9)
764Vegard UlvangNOR42:31.513:26.7 (12)29:11.9 (10)
835Harri KirvesniemiFIN42:42.813:25.7 (11)29:02.8 (4)
961Marco AlbarelloITA42:48.613:19.3 (6)29:17.1 (11)
1085Giorgio VanzettaITA42:49.613:13.4 (4)29:04.6 (=5)
1159Christer MajbäckSWE42:58.613:28.3 (13)29:08.9 (7)
123Terje LangliNOR42:59.313:36.9 (18)29:47.8 (18)
1384Gunde SvanSWE43:07.313:44.4 (26)29:35.0 (15)
1423Gianfranco PolvaraITA43:08.313:22.6 (8)29:35.7 (16)
151Aleksandr BatyukURS43:08.713:31.0 (14)29:22.2 (12)
167Jan OttossonSWE43:18.113:21.1 (7)29:33.3 (14)
1712Pierre HarveyCAN43:22.013:25.6 (10)29:28.4 (13)
1875Aleksey ProkurorovURS43:36.913:35.0 (17)29:37.4 (17)
1943Ladislav ŠvandaTCH43:40.913:40.7 (21)30:00.3 (21)
2011Aki KarvonenFIN43:54.513:47.7 (27)30:06.5 (23)
2137Holger BaurothGDR43:59.213:38.3 (19)30:02.1 (22)
2283Jürg CapolSUI43:59.513:41.5 (22)29:58.1 (19)
2380Jochen BehleFRG43:59.713:23.2 (9)29:59.8 (20)
2449Torgny MogrenSWE44:12.113:42.4 (23)30:09.8 (24)
2592Jari LaukkanenFIN44:22.013:59.6 (31)30:22.7 (25)
2691Jean-Luc ThomasFRA44:26.514:05.4 (36)30:36.4 (28)
2755Walter KußFRG44:29.013:58.8 (30)30:27.4 (26)
2887Václav KorunkaTCH44:47.613:54.7 (28)30:46.4 (29)
2924Dan SimoneauUSA44:53.813:38.8 (20)30:35.8 (27)
3060Jari RäsänenFIN45:04.513:56.5 (29)31:02.8 (33)
3141Alois SchwarzAUT45:06.914:01.8 (32)30:52.3 (30)
3221André BlatterAUT45:15.213:43.8 (25)31:15.2 (36)
3352Chris HeberleAUS45:19.514:15.6 (39)31:21.5 (39)
3447Yves BilodeauCAN45:26.614:17.9 (=40)31:18.7 (37)
3556Andi GrünenfelderSUI45:35.514:02.8 (33)31:06.5 (34)
3673Alois StadloberAUT45:38.514:07.9 (37)30:56.8 (=31)
3750Patrick RemyFRA45:45.314:25.5 (46)31:31.7 (42)
3828John SpotswoodGBR45:47.314:20.2 (43)31:20.5 (38)
3970Janež KršinarYUG45:54.814:24.8 (45)31:24.1 (40)
4089Bill SpencerUSA45:59.614:29.7 (48)31:38.7 (43)
4153Pavel BencTCH46:01.614:04.7 (34)31:08.5 (35)
4278Johann StandmannAUT46:04.114:17.9 (=40)31:39.5 (44)
4319Martin PetrásekTCH46:07.814:04.9 (35)30:56.8 (=31)
4425Sašo GrajfYUG46:12.314:11.2 (38)31:49.1 (49)
4563Kazunari SasakiJPN46:12.613:42.5 (24)31:44.2 (=45)
4657Al PilcherCAN46:21.114:44.6 (55)31:44.2 (=45)
4790Dennis LawrenceCAN46:26.314:25.6 (47)31:55.1 (50)
4867Guy BallandFRA46:36.914:33.7 (50)31:48.1 (48)
499Svetoslav AtanasovBUL46:43.014:44.3 (54)32:15.5 (52)
5072Benjamin EberleLIE46:49.314:36.6 (52)31:47.1 (47)
5134Patrick HaslerLIE47:07.314:35.6 (51)32:22.1 (53)
5227Tanayuki YukiJPN47:08.414:47.4 (56)32:05.0 (51)
5358Todd BoonstraUSA47:21.814:18.5 (42)31:26.0 (41)
5430Park Ki-HoKOR47:44.315:12.9 (62)33:04.0 (58)
5577Todor MakhovBUL47:47.514:43.6 (53)33:05.5 (59)
566Claude PierratFRA47:54.314:48.9 (57)32:49.4 (54)
5746Gábor MayerHUN47:56.215:02.1 (59)32:56.1 (55)
5816Joe GalanesUSA48:05.214:20.7 (44)33:02.6 (57)
5982Jun Jeung-HaeKOR48:22.315:20.2 (66)33:01.5 (56)
604Patrick WintertonGBR48:36.015:08.7 (61)33:06.9 (60)
6165Jordi RibóESP48:40.714:29.8 (49)33:10.3 (61)
6269Ziitsagaany GanbatMGL48:48.915:04.2 (60)33:26.8 (65)
6344José GiroESP48:54.215:30.4 (67)33:18.3 (63)
6468Mano KetenzhievBUL48:54.715:20.0 (65)33:17.8 (62)
6588Marty WatkinsGBR49:16.615:01.4 (58)33:36.4 (66)
6671Khristos TitasGRE49:48.615:53.2 (72)34:10.2 (69)
6736Atanas SimitchievBUL49:53.615:15.8 (63)33:19.3 (64)
685Masaharu YamazakiJPN50:06.815:19.7 (64)34:09.2 (68)
6948Dambajantsagiin BattulgaMGL50:09.415:57.0 (73)35:08.1 (73)
7038David HislopAUS50:19.815:34.4 (69)34:29.7 (70)
7115Hong Kun-PyoKOR50:21.415:31.2 (68)33:50.8 (67)
7232Thanasis TsakirisGRE50:34.415:50.6 (71)34:54.8 (71)
7374Ron HowdenGBR50:47.416:04.4 (74)35:16.1 (74)
7442Zhao JunCHN50:55.216:14.5 (76)35:06.7 (72)
7566Cho Sung-HoonKOR51:31.115:42.5 (70)35:28.5 (76)
7626Saim KocaTUR51:36.616:19.0 (78)35:22.5 (75)
7754Abdullah YılmazTUR51:54.616:09.1 (75)35:44.8 (77)
7813Fikret ÖrenTUR52:05.116:26.2 (79)35:55.9 (78)
7979Erhan DursunTUR52:18.316:42.4 (80)36:39.1 (80)
8031Dag BurgosGUA53:00.816:18.2 (77)36:28.9 (79)
818Ricardo BurgosGUA55:16.317:11.2 (81)37:42.8 (81)
8239Arturo KinchCRC59:37.918:45.1 (82)40:33.4 (82)
8314Rusiate RogoyawaFIJ1-01:26.319:47.0 (84)42:48.8 (84)
8418Roberto ÁlvarezMEX1-01:26.419:40.7 (83)42:26.5 (83)
8522Andrea SammaritaniSMR1-02:58.120:16.8 (85)44:22.2 (85)
AC20Konrad HallenbarterSUI– (–)– (–)DNF
AC45Giachem GuidonSUI– (–)– (–)DNF
AC33Julio César MoreschiARG– (–)– (–)DNF
AC2Nikos AnastasiadisGRE– (–)– (–)DNF
AC17Konstantin RitterLIE– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS51Einar ÓlafssonISL– (–)– (–)
DNS81Atsushi EgawaJPN– (–)– (–)