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Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date 7 February 1948 — 14:00
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiaschanze, St. Moritz
Participants49 from 14 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Karel JarolimekTCH
Judge #2Yrjö KaloniemiFIN
Judge #3Harald RømckeNOR
Judge #4Arthur BarthUSA
Judge #5Hans FeldmannSUI
Venue detailsK-Point: 68 m

The ski jumping event was organized on the last competition day of the 1948 Winter Olympics. For the first time in a big international competition five judges would give style points, and the highest and lowest style points were deleted. The old system included three judges, and all scores counted. The Norwegian skiers had experienced a lot of disappointments during the 1948 Winter Olympics. Their Nordic Combined and Cross Country skiers had been able to win only one medal, bronze in the cross country relay. High expectations lay on the ski jumpers, but the Finnish, Swedish and US jumpers had impressed in the training sessions and the competition was expected to be tough.

The Norwegian team was originally selected to be Asbjørn Ruud, the youngest of the Ruud brothers, winner at Holmenkollen in 1946 and national champion in 1946 and 1948; Georg Thrane from Asker Skiklubb, winner at Holmenkollen in 1947, Petter Hugstedt, unmerited in international competitions but like the Ruud brothers also representing the famous ski jumping club Kongsberg IF. The fourth man on the team, Thorleif Schjelderup from Oslo, came second to Asbjørn Ruud at Holmenkollen in 1946. The double Olympic champion from 1932 and 1936, Birger Ruud, now aged 36, was also a member of the Norwegian team as a substitute and assistant coach. Late in the evening before the competition, the Norwegian team leaders decided to withdraw Thrane in favor of Birger Ruud, certainly after pressure from the organizers and FIS. Birger had impressed with excellent training jumps, he was extremely popular in Middle Europe, and his elder brother Sigmund was chairman of the FIS Jumping Committee. Thrane, who was informed of the decision at ten o’clock in the evening, was shocked by the message and his relations with the Ruud brothers were rather bad in the following years.

In the first round of the competition, the 20-year old Finn Matti Pietikäinen made an impressive jump of 69,5 metres and was in the lead, followed by Hugsted, Birger Ruud and Schjelderup. US jumper Gordy Wren jumped 68 metres, the second best in the first round, but lower style points placed him behind the three Norwegians. In the second round all the Norwegians jumped well. Hugstedt had the longest jump of the day, 70 metres, with 3x19.0 for his style points. Birger Ruud again showed his strong competitive instincts by taking the silver medal, and Schjelderup made the day perfect for the Norwegians by taking the bronze medal, only 0,5 points ahead of Pietikäinen. Hugstedt was never able to win at Holmenkollen or to win a national championship title. He won the international competition in Lahti, Finland 1947, and also the open US and Canadian Championships in 1949. After placing seventh in the Lake Placid World Championships 1950 he ended his jumping career. Matti Pietikäinen had his only Olympic appearance in 1948, but eight years later he was crowned World Champion in ski jumping in Falun, Sweden.

PosNrJumperNOCPoints
135Petter HugstedNOR228.1Gold
223Birger RuudNOR226.6Silver
311Thorleif SchjelderupNOR225.1Bronze
422Matti PietikäinenFIN224.6
514Gordy WrenUSA222.8
639Leo LaaksoFIN221.7
747Asbjørn RuudNOR220.2
848Aatto PietikäinenFIN216.41
928Fritz TschannenSUI214.8
1044Hans ZurbriggenSUI214.0
1125Evert KarlssonSWE212.2
1212Sverre FredheimUSA210.1
1319Willy KlopfensteinSUI209.3
1438Vilhelm HellmanSWE208.1
1534Joe PerraultUSA207.0
1631Miloslav BělonožníkTCH203.9
175Andreas DäscherSUI203.8
1824Bruno Da ColITA201.2
1917Hubert HammerschmidtAUT199.8
2015Zdeněk RemsaTCH198.6
219Jaroslav LukešTCH198.5
2218Arsène LuchiniFRA198.0
2330Karel KlančnikYUG197.2
2443Gregor HöllAUT195.8
2541James CouttetFRA194.3
2627Régis CharletFRA193.7
2729Stanisław MarusarzPOL192.8
2826Toni WieserAUT192.1
2940Josef CísařTCH189.4
308Józef Daniel KrzeptowskiPOL188.9
313Jean MonnierFRA188.5
326Franc PribošekYUG187.4
3316Jan KulaPOL184.5
3437Ferenc HemrikHUN183.3
351Helmut HadwigerAUT181.4
3646Jan Gąsienica CiaptakPOL180.8
3733Jónas ÁsgeirssonISL179.8
3836Aldo TrivellaITA176.6
392Bill IrwinCAN175.1
4049Nils LundhSWE152.7
4145Janez PoldaYUG145.2
4242Walter BietilaUSA142.9
4320Janko MežikYUG136.9
4432Tom MobraatenCAN135.9
4510Igino RizziITA131.7
4613Laurent BernierCAN129.3
AC4Erkki RajalaFINDNF2
AC7Erik LindströmSWEDNF
AC21Pál VányaHUNDNF