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Sprint, Men

Date21 – 22 February 2002
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park / Utah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah
Participants40 from 13 countries
FormatLarge hill ski jumping (one jump) and 7.5 kilometres skiing. Pursuit-style cross-country race, with skiers leaving in order of their finish in the ski jumping, so that final placement determined by final placement in cross-country ski race.

A sprint event had been contested at the World Championships in 1999 and 2001, won by Bjarte Engen Vik in 1999 and Germany’s Marco Baacke in 2001, who was not in Salt Lake City. In 2001 the silver medalist had been Finnish athlete Samppa Lajunen, followed by German Ronny Ackermann. The event consisted of a single jump on the large hill followed by a 7½ km cross-country race, started by the Gundersen Method with the jumping leaders going off first, in the order of their finish. On the large hill, Lajunen took the lead with a jump of 126.5 metres, to take a 3.9 point margin over Ackermann, which gave the Finn a 15 second start lead in the cross-country. In third place after the jumping was Lajunen’s teammate, Jaakko Tallus, who had already won a silver medal in the individual event in Salt Lake City. Lajunen and Ackermann were never challenged in the ski race, with Ackermann closing slightly but unable to catch Lajunen, who won by 9 seconds. Tallus could not hold onto the bronze, being passed by Austrian Felix Gottwald in the last kilometer of the ski race.

For Lajunen it was his third gold medal in Nordic combined at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Prior to his feats at Salt Lake City he was better known in Finland as a rock star, as he was the songwriter and guitarist of the group Vieraileva Tahti, or Guest Star, which also contained several other Nordic skiers.

PosSkierNOCMarginLarge Hill7.5 km
1Samppa LajunenFIN123.8 (1)16:40.1 (16)Gold
2Ronny AckermannGER+0:09.0119.9 (2)16:34.1 (9)Silver
3Felix GottwaldAUT+0:40.2110.3 (11)16:29.3 (5)Bronze
4Jaakko TallusFIN+0:45.8119.0 (3)17:07.9 (25)
5Todd LodwickUSA+0:52.0109.0 (12)16:36.1 (11)
6Daito TakahashiJPN+0:57.8114.4 (4)17:02.9 (24)
7Hannu ManninenFIN+1:02.6104.7 (17)16:30.7 (=7)
8Andy HartmannSUI+1:04.6104.2 (18)16:30.7 (=7)
9Björn KircheisenGER+1:05.1105.8 (=15)16:37.2 (12)
10Ludovic RouxFRA+1:05.6103.5 (20)16:29.7 (6)
11Mario StecherAUT+1:09.4113.5 (5)17:10.5 (28)
12Andrej JezeršekSLO+1:12.7100.1 (27)16:23.8 (3)
13Sverre RotevatnNOR+1:14.3100.0 (28)16:25.4 (4)
14Bill DemongUSA+1:16.0108.2 (13)16:57.1 (21)
15Pavel ChuravýCZE+1:17.9102.5 (21)16:38.0 (13)
16Christoph BielerAUT+1:21.5112.7 (6)17:19.6 (30)
17Norihito KobayashiJPN+1:24.5101.1 (=24)16:39.6 (15)
18Nicolas BalFRA+1:24.796.5 (32)16:22.8 (2)
19Jens GaiserGER+1:39.2102.4 (22)16:59.3 (23)
20Kristian HammerNOR+1:40.998.3 (29)16:45.0 (18)
21Andreas HurschlerSUI+1:41.891.2 (38)16:19.9 (1)
22Satoshi MoriJPN+1:44.9106.9 (14)17:22.0 (31)
23Mikko KeskinarkausFIN+1:51.3101.7 (23)17:08.4 (26)
24Petr ŠmejcCZE+1:51.8110.4 (10)17:41.9 (34)
25Marcel HöhligGER+1:52.1111.6 (8)17:46.2 (37)
26Jan Rune GraveNOR+1:53.194.3 (33)16:42.2 (17)
27Frédéric BaudFRA+1:53.493.1 (35)16:38.5 (14)
28Michael GruberAUT+1:53.9110.5 (9)17:44.0 (35)
29Ronny HeerSUI+1:53.9103.9 (19)17:19.0 (29)
30Preben Fjære BrynemoNOR+1:55.496.8 (30)16:54.5 (20)
31Seppi HurschlerSUI+1:55.9105.8 (=15)17:28.0 (32)
32Johnny SpillaneUSA+1:56.391.3 (37)16:34.4 (10)
33Kenji OgiwaraJPN+1:59.093.5 (34)16:45.1 (19)
34Kevin ArnouldFRA+2:20.8101.1 (=24)17:35.9 (33)
35Milan KučeraCZE+2:33.4100.2 (26)17:44.5 (36)
36Matt DaytonUSA+2:35.887.1 (39)16:57.9 (22)
37Jens SalumäeEST+2:49.1111.8 (7)18:44.2 (39)
38Siarhei ZakharenkaBLR+2:49.486.6 (40)17:09.5 (27)
39Michal PšenkoSVK+3:27.292.4 (36)18:09.3 (38)
40Tambet PikkorEST+3:58.096.7 (31)18:56.1 (40)