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Sprint, Freestyle, Men

Date22 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio del Trampolino, Pragelato Plan
Participants80 from 34 countries
FormatFinal standings based on time achieved in last round competed in.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 1,325 m
Height Differential: 26 m
Maximum Climb: 26 m
Total Climbing: 47 m

This was the second Olympic sprint competition, as it was first held in 2002 at Salt Lake City. The format was slightly different, however, In 2002, 16 skiiers qualified for four quarter-finals of four skiers each. But in Torino, 30 skiiers advanced to five quarter-finals of six racers, with two advancing in each quarter to two semi-finals of five skiers. The final was again contested by four skiers, two advancing from each semi. The defending champion was Tor-Arne Hetland and he was favored, having also won the 2001 World Championship, and a bronze medal in 2003 and silver in 2005 at the Worlds. The qualifying leader was Sweden’s Björn Lind, who had finished fourth, and last, in the 2002 Olympic final. In the semi-final he met Hetland, but Hetland fell while attempting to pass Lind, and did not qualify.

The final was highly competitive. It had Lind, Cristian Zorzi, the 2002 bronze medalist, and Thobias Fredriksson, the 2003 World Champion and bronze medalist at the 2005 Worlds, along with one surprise, France’s Roddy Darragon, who had qualified only 10th and had little international record of note. But it was Darragon who challenged Lind, as Zorzi struggled. Lind won by a length over Darragon with Fredriksson getting up for the bronze medal.

PosNrSkierNOCQualifyingQFSFFinal
1Björn LindSWE2:13.53 (1)2:21.5 (1 h1)2:19.6 (1 h1)2:26.5 (1 h2)Gold
2Roddy DarragonFRA2:16.76 (10)2:21.9 (2 h1)2:19.9 (2 h1)2:27.1 (2 h2)Silver
3Thobias FredrikssonSWE2:18.90 (19)2:23.2 (2 h4)2:25.9 (1 h2)2:27.8 (3 h2)Bronze
4Cristian ZorziITA2:16.23 (5)2:25.9 (1 h3)2:26.1 (2 h2)2:31.7 (4 h2)
5Freddy SchwienbacherITA2:18.59 (17)2:20.4 (1 h2)2:22.8 (3 h1)2:23.9 (1 h1)
6Loris FrasnelliITA2:16.30 (8)2:20.4 (2 h5)2:26.8 (3 h2)2:25.2 (2 h1)
7Johan KjølstadNOR2:15.11 (3)2:20.2 (1 h5)2:27.1 (4 h2)2:25.6 (3 h1)
8Anti SaarepuuEST2:17.75 (14)2:20.7 (2 h2)2:34.8 (4 h1)2:27.9 (4 h1)
9Ola Vigen HattestadNOR2:17.26 (12)2:23.1 (1 h4)2:29.0 (5 h2)
10Tor-Arne HetlandNOR2:17.91 (15)2:26.1 (2 h3)2:43.2 (5 h1)
11Vasily RochevRUS2:16.19 (4)2:22.0 (3 h2)
12Mikael ÖstbergSWE2:16.24 (6)2:26.7 (3 h3)
13Peter LarssonSWE2:16.62 (9)2:23.3 (3 h4)
14Yevgeny KoshevoyKAZ2:18.88 (18)2:20.7 (3 h5)
15Martin KoukalCZE2:19.39 (20)2:23.5 (3 h1)
16Andy NewellUSA2:14.79 (2)2:24.3 (4 h4)
17Trond IversenNOR2:16.25 (7)2:22.5 (4 h2)
18Renato PasiniITA2:16.87 (11)2:23.7 (4 h1)
19Janusz KrężelokPOL2:20.04 (23)2:21.6 (4 h5)
20Martin StockingerAUT2:20.18 (25)2:27.1 (4 h3)
21Chris CookUSA2:18.46 (16)2:27.9 (5 h3)
22Dušan KožíšekCZE2:19.64 (21)2:24.5 (5 h1)
23Keijo KurttilaFIN2:19.94 (22)2:25.1 (5 h4)
24Harald WurmAUT2:20.11 (24)2:23.4 (5 h2)
25Sergey NovikovRUS2:20.29 (28)2:21.9 (5 h5)
26Yuichi OndaJPN2:17.53 (13)2:22.3 (6 h5)
27Lauri PyykönenFIN2:20.21 (26)2:28.6 (6 h3)
28Ivan AlypovRUS2:20.21 (27)2:24.7 (6 h2)
29Lefteris FafalisGRE2:20.33 (29)2:26.7 (6 h4)
30Christoph EigenmannSUI2:20.46 (30)2:25.6 (6 h1)
31Drew GoldsackCAN2:20.62 (31)
32Sean CrooksCAN2:20.70 (32)
33Maciej KreczmerPOL2:20.83 (33)
34Pavel KorostelyovRUS2:21.00 (34)
35Nikolay ChebotkoKAZ2:21.23 (35)
36Torin KoosUSA2:21.47 (36)
37Devon KershawCAN2:21.49 (37)
38Peeter KümmelEST2:21.60 (38)
39Nejc BrodarSLO2:21.94 (39)
40Ivan BilosiukUKR2:21.97 (40)
41Priit NaruskEST2:22.19 (41)
42Vitaliy MartsivUKR2:22.30 (42)
43Shunsuke KomamuraJPN2:22.38 (43)
44Zoltán TagschererHUN2:22.69 (44)
45Yevgeny SafonovKAZ2:22.99 (45)
46Lars FloraUSA2:23.02 (46)
47Phil WidmerCAN2:23.79 (47)
48Zhang ChengyeCHN2:24.18 (48)
49Martin OtčenášSVK2:24.77 (49)
50Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT2:24.88 (50)
51Paul MurrayAUS2:25.29 (51)
52Aliaksandr LazutkinBLR2:25.79 (52)
53Tian YeCHN2:25.85 (53)
54Aivar RehemaaEST2:26.09 (54)
55Sergey CherepanovKAZ2:26.48 (55)
56Jože MehleSLO2:27.02 (56)
57Oliver KraasRSA2:27.68 (57)
58Zhang QingCHN2:27.90 (58)
59Aleksejus NovoselskisLTU2:28.04 (59)
60Damir JurčevićCRO2:28.21 (60)
61Sami JauhojärviFIN2:28.42 (61)
62Mykhailo HumeniakUKR2:28.72 (62)
63Park Byeong-JuKOR2:28.85 (63)
64Muhammet KızılarslanTUR2:28.94 (64)
65Zsolt AntalROU2:29.40 (65)
66Oleksandr PutskoUKR2:30.99 (66)
67Sabahattin OğlagoTUR2:31.10 (67)
68Valts EiduksLAT2:31.25 (68)
69Mihai GaliceanuROU2:31.43 (69)
70Chen HaibinCHN2:32.01 (70)
71Ivan BayrakovBUL2:32.18 (71)
72Intars SpalviņšLAT2:32.26 (72)
73Denis KlobučarCRO2:33.10 (73)
74Oļegs AndrejevsLAT2:33.23 (74)
75Alen AbramovićCRO2:34.61 (75)
76Jeong Ui-MyeongKOR2:35.39 (76)
77Ilie BriaMDA2:42.30 (77)
78Bahadur Gurung GuptaIND2:43.30 (78)
79Hovhannes SargsyanARM2:47.68 (79)
80Edmond KhachatryanARM2:49.98 (80)

Qualifying Round (22 February 2006 — 10:30)

Top 30 finishers advance to quarter-finals.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
13Björn LindSWE2:13.53Q
26Andy NewellUSA2:14.79Q
323Johan KjølstadNOR2:15.11Q
48Vasily RochevRUS2:16.19Q
513Cristian ZorziITA2:16.23Q
62Mikael ÖstbergSWE2:16.24Q
718Trond IversenNOR2:16.25Q
89Loris FrasnelliITA2:16.30Q
921Peter LarssonSWE2:16.62Q
1017Roddy DarragonFRA2:16.76Q
117Renato PasiniITA2:16.87Q
1216Ola Vigen HattestadNOR2:17.26Q
134Yuichi OndaJPN2:17.53Q
145Anti SaarepuuEST2:17.75Q
1512Tor-Arne HetlandNOR2:17.91Q
1640Chris CookUSA2:18.46Q
1727Freddy SchwienbacherITA2:18.59Q
1810Yevgeny KoshevoyKAZ2:18.88Q
1919Thobias FredrikssonSWE2:18.90Q
2035Martin KoukalCZE2:19.39Q
2114Dušan KožíšekCZE2:19.64Q
2226Keijo KurttilaFIN2:19.94Q
2325Janusz KrężelokPOL2:20.04Q
2415Harald WurmAUT2:20.11Q
2528Martin StockingerAUT2:20.18Q
2624Lauri PyykönenFIN2:20.21Q
2720Ivan AlypovRUS2:20.21Q
2851Sergey NovikovRUS2:20.29Q
2931Lefteris FafalisGRE2:20.33Q
3022Christoph EigenmannSUI2:20.46Q
3134Drew GoldsackCAN2:20.62
3244Sean CrooksCAN2:20.70
3329Maciej KreczmerPOL2:20.83
3453Pavel KorostelyovRUS2:21.00
3530Nikolay ChebotkoKAZ2:21.23
361Torin KoosUSA2:21.47
3732Devon KershawCAN2:21.49
3833Peeter KümmelEST2:21.60
3941Nejc BrodarSLO2:21.94
4039Ivan BilosiukUKR2:21.97
4111Priit NaruskEST2:22.19
4243Vitaliy MartsivUKR2:22.30
4337Shunsuke KomamuraJPN2:22.38
4454Zoltán TagschererHUN2:22.69
4548Yevgeny SafonovKAZ2:22.99
4645Lars FloraUSA2:23.02
4736Phil WidmerCAN2:23.79
4878Zhang ChengyeCHN2:24.18
4960Martin OtčenášSVK2:24.77
5077Oļegs MaļuhinsLAT2:24.88
5138Paul MurrayAUS2:25.29
5257Aliaksandr LazutkinBLR2:25.79
5352Tian YeCHN2:25.85
5450Aivar RehemaaEST2:26.09
5579Sergey CherepanovKAZ2:26.48
5664Jože MehleSLO2:27.02
5747Oliver KraasRSA2:27.68
5867Zhang QingCHN2:27.90
5961Aleksejus NovoselskisLTU2:28.04
6046Damir JurčevićCRO2:28.21
6149Sami JauhojärviFIN2:28.42
6255Mykhailo HumeniakUKR2:28.72
6366Park Byeong-JuKOR2:28.85
6469Muhammet KızılarslanTUR2:28.94
6558Zsolt AntalROU2:29.40
6662Oleksandr PutskoUKR2:30.99
6771Sabahattin OğlagoTUR2:31.10
6873Valts EiduksLAT2:31.25
6956Mihai GaliceanuROU2:31.43
7063Chen HaibinCHN2:32.01
7168Ivan BayrakovBUL2:32.18
7272Intars SpalviņšLAT2:32.26
7359Denis KlobučarCRO2:33.10
7442Oļegs AndrejevsLAT2:33.23
7565Alen AbramovićCRO2:34.61
7670Jeong Ui-MyeongKOR2:35.39
7776Ilie BriaMDA2:42.30
7880Bahadur Gurung GuptaIND2:43.30
7974Hovhannes SargsyanARM2:47.68
8075Edmond KhachatryanARM2:49.98

Quarter-Finals (22 February 2006 — 12:55)

Top 2 finishers in each heat advance to semi-finals.

Heat 1 (12:55)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
11Björn LindSWE2:21.5Q
210Roddy DarragonFRA2:21.9Q
320Martin KoukalCZE2:23.5
411Renato PasiniITA2:23.7
521Dušan KožíšekCZE2:24.5
630Christoph EigenmannSUI2:25.6

Heat 2 (13:00)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
117Freddy SchwienbacherITA2:20.4Q
214Anti SaarepuuEST2:20.7Q
34Vasily RochevRUS2:22.0
47Trond IversenNOR2:22.5
524Harald WurmAUT2:23.4
627Ivan AlypovRUS2:24.7

Heat 3 (13:05)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
15Cristian ZorziITA2:25.9Q
215Tor-Arne HetlandNOR2:26.1Q
36Mikael ÖstbergSWE2:26.7
425Martin StockingerAUT2:27.1
516Chris CookUSA2:27.9
626Lauri PyykönenFIN2:28.6

Heat 4 (13:10)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
112Ola Vigen HattestadNOR2:23.1Q
219Thobias FredrikssonSWE2:23.2Q
39Peter LarssonSWE2:23.3
42Andy NewellUSA2:24.3
522Keijo KurttilaFIN2:25.1
629Lefteris FafalisGRE2:26.7

Heat 5 (13:15)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
13Johan KjølstadNOR2:20.2Q
28Loris FrasnelliITA2:20.4Q
318Yevgeny KoshevoyKAZ2:20.7
423Janusz KrężelokPOL2:21.6
528Sergey NovikovRUS2:21.9
613Yuichi OndaJPN2:22.3

Semi-Finals (22 February 2006 — 13:30)

Top 2 finishers in each heat advance to final. Next two finishers advance to B final.

Heat 1 (13:30)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
11Björn LindSWE2:19.6Q
210Roddy DarragonFRA2:19.9Q
317Freddy SchwienbacherITA2:22.8QB
414Anti SaarepuuEST2:34.8QB
515Tor-Arne HetlandNOR2:43.2

Heat 2 (13:35)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
119Thobias FredrikssonSWE2:25.9Q
25Cristian ZorziITA2:26.1Q
38Loris FrasnelliITA2:26.8QB
43Johan KjølstadNOR2:27.1QB
512Ola Vigen HattestadNOR2:29.0

Final Round (22 February 2006 — 14:00)

B Final (13:55)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
117Freddy SchwienbacherITA2:23.9
28Loris FrasnelliITA2:25.2
33Johan KjølstadNOR2:25.6
414Anti SaarepuuEST2:27.9

Final (14:00)

PosNrSkierNOCTime
11Björn LindSWE2:26.5
210Roddy DarragonFRA2:27.1
319Thobias FredrikssonSWE2:27.8
45Cristian ZorziITA2:31.7