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50 kilometres, Freestyle, Men

Date27 February 1988 — 8:30
StatusOlympic
LocationCanmore Nordic Centre, Canmore
Participants70 from 23 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 130 m
Intermediate 1: 15.0 km
Intermediate 2: 25.0 km
Intermediate 3: 40.0 km
Maximum Climb: 56 m
Total Climbing: 1,794 m

The 1987 World Champion was Maurilio De Zolt with Gunde Svan having won in 1985. In 1987-88 Svan was leading the World Cup chase and would win the season title. Both were late starters, with De Zolt off 64th and Svan 69th. When De Zolt started the pace was being set East Germany’s Holger Bauroth and Switzerland’s Andi Grünenfelder, neither of whom had done much in major internationals. At 15 km De Zolt was only in eighth place, but he moved up to third at the 25 km checkpoint. De Zolt would move into second at the 40 km check, but nobody could match Svan. The 1987 Holmenkollen champion was over 40 seconds ahead at 15 km and would extend his lead at each time check, eventually defeating De Zolt by over one minute. Grünenfelder’s bronze medal was considered a major upset. This was the fourth gold medal for Svan, after two at Sarajevo, and a gold in the relay in Calgary, and he would also win seven times at the Worlds. Svan later became a champion rallycross racer. De Zolt would repeat his silver at Albertville four years on, but would win a gold medal in “The Great Race,” the 1994 4 x 10 km relay.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
169Gunde SvanSWE2-04:30.935:07.5 (1)1-01:17.6 (1)1-37:51.1 (1)Gold
264Maurilio De ZoltITA2-05:36.436:11.7 (8)1-02:26.6 (3)1-39:19.0 (2)Silver
331Andi GrünenfelderSUI2-06:01.935:57.1 (3)1-02:25.1 (2)1-39:34.4 (3)Bronze
440Vegard UlvangNOR2-06:32.336:06.4 (4)1-02:36.2 (4)1-39:49.3 (5)
522Holger BaurothGDR2-07:02.435:48.6 (2)1-02:38.2 (5)1-39:40.3 (4)
620Jan OttossonSWE2-07:34.836:19.9 (12)1-03:38.9 (13)1-40:30.9 (6)
737Kari RistanenFIN2-08:08.136:17.3 (9)1-03:29.7 (10)1-41:20.8 (12)
838Uwe BellmannGDR2-08:18.636:19.3 (10)1-03:33.2 (11)1-40:50.4 (8)
96Pål Gunnar MikkelsplassNOR2-08:20.036:44.0 (19)1-03:49.1 (14)1-41:02.7 (9)
1058Gianfranco PolvaraITA2-08:40.336:19.6 (11)1-03:24.3 (9)1-41:17.8 (11)
1157Torgeir BjørnNOR2-08:41.036:35.1 (15)1-03:54.5 (16)1-41:47.7 (16)
1217Vladimir SakhnovURS2-09:00.136:11.6 (7)1-03:08.7 (7)1-41:09.9 (10)
1316Giachem GuidonSUI2-09:02.236:42.6 (18)1-03:38.2 (12)1-41:41.1 (14)
1455Jeremias WiggerSUI2-09:05.336:48.3 (21)1-04:16.7 (19)1-42:07.3 (17)
1535Ladislav ŠvandaTCH2-09:08.136:11.5 (6)1-02:55.7 (6)1-40:43.3 (7)
1641Albert WalderITA2-09:19.636:09.4 (5)1-03:18.0 (8)1-41:32.7 (13)
1747Claude PierratFRA2-09:54.936:56.8 (23)1-04:21.7 (20)1-42:23.7 (18)
1812Fausto BormettiITA2-10:20.736:57.2 (24)1-04:43.7 (22)1-43:28.7 (23)
1956André BlatterAUT2-10:43.636:40.3 (17)1-03:53.0 (15)1-41:43.1 (15)
205Radim NyčTCH2-10:46.337:29.0 (33)1-05:24.2 (32)1-43:29.2 (24)
2143Pierre HarveyCAN2-10:54.837:19.8 (27)1-05:03.9 (25)1-43:24.0 (21)
2259Harri KirvesniemiFIN2-11:41.837:27.9 (31)1-05:15.3 (27)1-43:27.6 (22)
2354Petr LisičanTCH2-11:44.436:38.5 (16)1-04:09.9 (18)1-42:45.9 (19)
242Guy BallandFRA2-11:58.737:54.0 (37)1-05:50.3 (37)1-43:30.8 (25)
2551Mikhail DevyatyarovURS2-12:01.737:28.9 (32)1-05:42.3 (34)1-44:14.6 (29)
2672Yury BurlakovURS2-12:02.237:15.9 (26)1-05:13.6 (26)1-44:04.9 (26)
2765Pavel BencTCH2-12:08.436:34.7 (14)1-03:58.0 (17)1-42:47.4 (20)
2848Torgny MogrenSWE2-12:20.237:05.7 (25)1-05:17.0 (29)1-44:13.0 (=27)
2910Heikki KivikkoFIN2-12:27.137:56.5 (38)1-05:45.3 (36)1-44:41.6 (32)
3011Janež KršinarYUG2-12:33.537:26.6 (29)1-05:15.4 (28)1-44:13.0 (=27)
3170Tor Håkon HolteNOR2-12:56.637:35.4 (34)1-06:13.2 (38)1-45:00.1 (37)
3250Kazunari SasakiJPN2-13:09.637:50.9 (36)1-05:45.0 (35)1-44:44.6 (36)
3349Herbert FritzenwengerFRG2-13:27.638:19.9 (41)1-06:47.6 (40)1-45:53.4 (39)
3444Georg FischerFRG2-13:31.336:49.4 (22)1-05:03.1 (24)1-44:43.4 (34)
3574Markus FähndrichSUI2-13:33.237:20.2 (28)1-05:21.5 (31)1-44:43.6 (35)
3671Johann StandmannAUT2-13:39.337:43.9 (35)1-05:41.9 (33)1-44:35.3 (31)
3768Dominique LocatelliFRA2-13:56.838:05.5 (39)1-06:33.1 (39)1-46:05.2 (40)
3836Aleksey ProkurorovURS2-14:01.036:24.6 (13)1-04:52.5 (23)1-44:42.4 (33)
3928Tanayuki YukiJPN2-16:24.737:27.1 (30)1-05:19.9 (30)1-45:28.3 (38)
4052Atanas SimitchievBUL2-17:02.436:45.8 (20)1-04:43.6 (21)1-44:18.3 (30)
4142Alois SchwarzAUT2-17:03.538:24.7 (42)1-07:42.7 (42)1-48:26.6 (42)
423Atsushi EgawaJPN2-17:52.838:59.1 (48)1-08:04.8 (45)1-48:41.7 (43)
4323Dennis LawrenceCAN2-17:55.738:48.0 (45)1-07:51.3 (43)1-48:42.4 (44)
448Einar ÓlafssonISL2-18:21.938:56.9 (47)1-07:56.1 (44)1-48:53.8 (45)
4566Antti TicklénFIN2-18:41.838:16.4 (40)1-07:12.9 (41)1-47:35.1 (41)
4653Alain MassonCAN2-19:21.738:35.6 (43)1-08:09.6 (46)1-49:22.2 (46)
4714Kevin BrochmanUSA2-19:45.539:21.1 (49)1-08:36.6 (47)1-49:49.8 (48)
4832Jun Jeung-HaeKOR2-20:50.839:26.5 (51)1-09:03.3 (50)1-49:46.0 (47)
4961Wayne DustinCAN2-21:31.838:55.0 (46)1-09:12.9 (51)1-50:11.7 (49)
5015Park Ki-HoKOR2-22:36.439:25.8 (50)1-09:01.0 (49)1-50:53.6 (50)
5146Hong Kun-PyoKOR2-23:13.639:51.4 (52)1-09:30.0 (52)1-51:29.4 (51)
5233Sašo GrajfYUG2-23:47.138:46.3 (44)1-08:40.0 (48)1-51:56.2 (53)
5326Jordi RibóESP2-24:10.440:33.6 (55)1-10:08.7 (53)1-51:30.3 (52)
5425Marty WatkinsGBR2-24:48.340:31.0 (53)1-10:58.7 (55)1-53:17.3 (54)
5518Ewan McKenzieGBR2-24:58.241:57.2 (59)1-12:36.3 (59)1-53:52.5 (57)
5663Bill SpencerUSA2-25:22.640:41.5 (56)1-11:12.9 (56)1-53:41.0 (55)
574Ziitsagaany GanbatMGL2-26:22.041:28.0 (58)1-12:09.2 (58)1-54:46.1 (59)
5821José GiroESP2-27:05.840:59.7 (57)1-11:36.6 (57)1-54:16.8 (58)
5919Julio César MoreschiARG2-28:36.540:31.2 (54)1-10:57.4 (54)1-53:45.4 (56)
6045Dambajantsagiin BattulgaMGL2-30:33.742:15.9 (60)1-13:57.1 (60)1-58:24.3 (60)
617Roberto ÁlvarezMEX3-22:25.152:52.9 (61)1-34:26.8 (61)2-33:20.4 (61)
AC13Walter KußFRG– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC29Jean-Luc ThomasFRA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC1Alois StadloberAUT– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC24Todor MakhovBUL– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC27Mano KetenzhievBUL– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC67Park Byung-WooKOR– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC39Thomas WassbergSWE– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC60Jon EngenUSA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC30Dan SimoneauUSA– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS34David HislopAUS– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS73Milush IvanchevBUL– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS62Masaharu YamazakiJPN– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNS9Konstantin RitterLIE– (–)– (–)– (–)