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Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date12 February 1932 — 14:15
StatusOlympic
LocationIntervale Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid
Participants34 from 10 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Johan af KlerckerSWE
Judge #2François LacqFRA
Judge #3Sigurd LockebergCAN
Venue detailsK-Point: 61 m

Silver medalist Sigmund Ruud, now 24, was the only top contender left from the 1928 Winter Olympic competition. The eldest of three famous ski jumping brothers from Kongsberg was world champion in 1929. He was joined on the 1932 Norwegian ski jumping team by his brother Birger, who won the world championship in 1931, at only 19. Hans Beck, also a Kongsberg jumper and still only 20, and 19-year-old Kåre Walberg from Hamar completed the Norwegian team. It was a young team with lots of ski jumping talent. It is interesting to note that three of the four jumpers on the US team were born in Norway, Roy Mikkelsen also having been born in Kongsberg.

The lack of snow created big problems for the organizers, but due to strong efforts by driving snow into the jumping hill from locations higher up in the Adirondacks the ski jumping competition was organized as scheduled.

Beck made a perfect jump in the first round, 71.5 m., five meters longer than Birger Ruud in second place, and had a clear lead. Kongsberg-born Mikkelsen from the USA made a great effort, but was not able to land his 68.0 m. jump cleanly, fell and was injured, and had to withdraw from the second round. The Swede Sten Eriksson was in third place with a 65.5 m. jump, closely followed by Walberg, Sigmund Ruud, the winner of the Nordic combined jump competition Fritz Kaufmann, and the main US hope after Mikkelsen’s fall, Caspar Oimoen.

In the second round Beck tried to secure his gold medal without taking risks, and made a safe jump of 63.5 m. Birger Ruud saw his chance, gave all he had and made an excellent jump of 69.0 m., passing his club mate Beck by 1.1 points in the final classification. Walberg managed to narrowly pass Eriksson and secured a Norwegian triple. Oimoen satisfied the home crowd by producing the second best jump in the last round with 67.5 m. to place 5th.

PosNrJumperNOCPoints
1Birger RuudNOR228.1Gold
2Hans BeckNOR227.0Silver
3Kåre WalbergNOR219.5Bronze
4Sven ErikssonSWE218.9
5Casper OimoenUSA216.7
6Fritz KaufmannSUI215.8
7Sigmund RuudNOR215.1
8Goro AdachiJPN210.7
9Cesare ChiognaSUI209.8
10Erik RylanderSWE206.0
11Holger SchönSWE201.8
12Bronisław CzechPOL200.7
13Peder FalstadUSA199.5
14Ernesto ZardiniITA196.7
15John SteeleUSA195.6
16Ingenuino DallagioITA194.9
17Stanisław MarusarzPOL192.5
18Fritz SteuriSUI192.4
19Bob LymburneCAN192.1
20Jacques LandryCAN186.81
21Antonín BartoňTCH186.1
22Andrzej MarusarzPOL185.9
23František ŠimůnekTCH183.2
24Ján CífkaTCH172.5
25Harald PaumgartenAUT163.4
26Jaroslav FeistauerTCH163.0
27Severino MenardiITA161.6
28Mitsutake MakitaJPN134.2
29Arnold StoneCAN115.52
30Leslie GagneCAN110.5
31Yoichi TakataJPN91.1
32Katsumi YamadaJPN70.0
ACRoy MikkelsenUSADNF
ACHarald BosioAUTDNF
DNSGregor HöllAUT
DNSJerry DupuisCAN
DNSJoseph HoganCAN
DNSLucien LafleurCAN
DNSJacques TacheCAN
DNSReidar AndersenNOR
DNSHans KleppenNOR
DNSSverre KolterudNOR
DNSHans VinjarengenNOR
DNSErling AndersenUSA
DNSLa Moine BatsonUSA
DNSCarl HolmstromUSA
DNSRolf MonsenUSA