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Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date 5 February 1956 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationTrampolino Italia, Cortina d'Ampezzo
Participants51 from 16 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Miloš DuffekTCH
Judge #2Earle LittleUSA
Judge #3Leo JärvinenFIN
Judge #4Otto GammaufAUT
Judge #5Hans ZschörnigGER
Venue detailsK-Point: 72 m

During the 1950-’s the ski jumping technique was changing to a more aerodynamic style, developed by the Swiss jumper Andreas Däscher. The old Kongsberg style developed in Norway after World War I, had the upper body bent at the hip, a wide forward lean, and arms extended in front of the skies parallel to each other. The Däscher style with stretched hip and arms placed backward for a closer lean reduced the air resistance and made it possible for the jumpers to improve their distance. German and Finnish jumpers were quick to adapt to the new technique, and one of the most skilled practitioners of the new technique was the best Soviet ski jumper, Georgian K’oba Ts’akadze. His body was so close to his skies that his breast almost touched the front part of his skies.

The 1956 Olympic ski jumping competition was the real breakthrough for the aerodynamic technique. In the first round, Antti Hyvärinen, seventh in the 1952 games and jumping first of the favorites, took the lead with an 81 metre jump. The 23 year old German from Oberstdorf, Max Bolkart, jumped 80 metres and equaled Hyvärinen’s points with his better style. Harry Glaß, a 25-year old from Klingenthal, East Germany, then made an excellent jump of 83,5 metres and was in the lead. Next to jump was Aulis Kallakorpi of Finland, winner at Holmenkollen in 1955. He equaled Glaß’ length and was in second position, only 0,5 points behind the German. Jumping last of the 51 competitors, Andreas Däscher made a good jump of 82 metres and was in sixth position after the first round.

In the second round, Hyvärinen took an early lead with an excellent jump of 84 metres, the longest of the day. Ts’akadze, lying seventh after first round, made a gallant try to fight for a top placing, but fell after an 82,5 metre jump and was out of contention for the medals. Next of the favorites to challenge Hyvärinen’s lead was Harry Glaß, the first-round leader. He could only manage 80,5 metres and was 2,5 points behind Hyvärinen. Next to come was Kallakorpi, second-placed after the first round. He equaled Glaß’ distance, and better style points brought him into the silver medal position with the closest possible margin, only 0,5 points. It ended with a Finnish double, with an East German jumper taking the bronze medal.

For Norway, the nation who had dominated the six former Olympic jumping competitions, winning all six and taking 14 out of 18 possible medals, the result came as a shock, their best jumper placing only ninth. The Norwegians had been reluctant to adapt to the new aerodynamic style and was severely punished for this. The era of Norwegian domination in ski jumping was definitely over.

PosNrJumperNOCPoints
121Antti HyvärinenFIN227.0Gold
247Aulis KallakorpiFIN225.0Silver
346Harry GlaßGER224.5Bronze
429Max BolkartGER222.5
542Sven PetterssonSWE220.0
651Andreas DäscherSUI219.5
728Eino KirjonenFIN219.0
820Werner LesserGER210.0
939Sverre StallvikNOR208.0
103Hemmo SilvennoinenFIN207.5
1116Arne HoelNOR206.5
1253Sepp BradlAUT205.5
1352Hiroshi YoshizawaJPN205.0
149Bror ÖstmanSWE204.5
1535Walter HabersatterAUT201.5
=1618Władysław TajnerPOL201.0
=1619Nikolay ShamovURS201.0
1825Asbjørn OsnesNOR199.5
1915Rudolf SchweinbergerAUT199.0
2048Andrzej Gąsienica DanielPOL198.5
2149Art DevlinUSA194.5
2233Jože ZidarYUG194.0
2322Albin RogeljYUG192.5
2450Janez PoldaYUG191.5
2534Roman Gąsienica SieczkaPOL189.5
266Sepp KleislGER189.0
2740Jacques CharlandCAN188.0
2841Mojmír StuchlíkTCH187.5
2936Jáchym BulínTCH186.0
=307Otto LeodolterAUT185.0
=308Józef HuczekPOL185.0
=3027K'oba Ts'akadzeURS185.0
3343Tito TolinITA184.5
342Yury MoshkinURS184.0
355Sverre StenersenNOR183.5
3610Roy SherwoodUSA183.0
3726Luigi PennacchioITA180.5
3817Alfred PruckerITA179.5
3931Koichi SatoJPN178.5
4030Conrad RochatSUI177.0
4123Holger KarlssonSWE176.0
4238Nicolae MunteanuROU175.0
4313Bill OlsonUSA174.5
4432Erik StyfSWE169.0
4512Francis PerretSUI168.5
=4644André MonnierFRA167.5
=4614Richard RabasaFRA167.5
=4824Régis ReyFRA164.0
=481Enzo PerinITA164.0
5011Janez GorišekYUG162.0
5137Dick RahoiUSA158.0
DNS4Claude Jean-ProstFRA
DNS45Nikolay KamenskyURS
DNS23Erling ErlandssonSWE
DNS39Arnfinn BergmannNOR