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Large Hill, Individual, Men

Date18 February 1968
StatusOlympic
LocationSaint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte
Participants58 from 17 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Olympic Record 95.5 / Veikko Kankkonen FIN / 9 February 1964
Judge #1M. KhimichevURS
Judge #2Piero PertileITA
Judge #3Heinz MannGDR
Judge #4E. LundbergNOR
Judge #5L. JohanssonFIN
Venue detailsK-Point: 90 m

The Olympic Champion from the Normal Hill, Jiří Raška, was highly favored in the Large Hill event after producing excellent training jumps in the days before the competition. But the event produced a surprise winner, the 21-year old Vladimir Belousov from Leningrad fought a close duel with Raška and had the best and longest jumps in both rounds, 101.5 and 98.5 m. Belousov became the first Soviet ski jumper to win an Olympic gold medal. The silver medalist from the 1966 Large Hill World Championships in Holmenkollen, the Japanese Takashi Fujisawa, was second after the first round, but could not control his nerves and missed totally on his second jump, ending in 18th place. Raška made two good jumps and ended in the silver medal position, only 1.9 points behind Belousov. Those two were in the class of their own. The bronze medalist, Norwegian Lars Grini was 17 points behind the winner.

Belousov ended his successful Olympic season with a victory in Holmenkollen one month later. In 1969 he won his only Soviet Championship, and in 1970 he had another Holmenkollen victory after placing sixth at the World Championships on the Normal Hill in Vysoke Tatra.

PosNrJumperNOCPoints
155Vladimir BelousovURS231.3Gold
251Jiří RaškaTCH229.4Silver
334Lars GriniNOR214.3Bronze
426Manfred QueckGDR212.8
519Bent TomtumNOR212.2
646Reinhold BachlerAUT210.7
744Wolfgang StöhrGDR205.9
821Anatoly ZheglanovURS205.7
942Ludvik ZajcYUG203.8
1043Gilbert PoirotFRA203.7
1132Gary NapalkovURS203.1
1233Rudolf HöhnlTCH202.8
131Jan Olaf RoaldsetNOR202.6
1414Józef PrzybyłaPOL199.2
1528Dieter NeuendorfGDR198.8
1650Giacomo AimoniITA195.3
1738Alain MacleFRA194.0
1836Takashi FujisawaJPN192.7
1952László GellérHUN191.3
=2024Akitsugu KonnoJPN191.1
=2058Yukio KasayaJPN191.1
222Max GolserAUT190.4
2353Bjørn WirkolaNOR189.3
2459Veikko KankkonenFIN188.9
255Zbyněk HubačTCH188.6
2612Seiji AochiJPN185.0
2727František RydvalTCH184.8
2825Sepp LichteneggerAUT184.6
2954Günther GöllnerFRG183.5
308Erwin FiedorPOL179.7
3157Ryszard WitkePOL179.4
3218Thord KarlssonSWE179.2
3315Henrik OhlmeyerFRG177.9
3447Bill BakkeUSA175.5
356Jay RandUSA174.7
3610Franz KellerFRG174.1
3739Kurt ElimäSWE174.0
383Peter ŠtefančičYUG173.4
3920Marjan PečarYUG172.8
409Seppo ReijonenFIN170.1
4113Vladimir SmirnovURS169.9
4237John BalfanzUSA169.8
4316Jay MartinUSA163.8
4456Peter ErženYUG161.7
4530Józef KocyanPOL159.0
4631Heini IhleFRG156.4
4749Josef ZehnderSUI153.2
4835Baldur PreimlAUT152.3
4929Topi MattilaFIN150.5
=5023Maurice ArbezFRA149.2
=5022Juhani RuotsalainenFIN149.2
5211Mats ÖstmanSWE148.8
5348Kjell SjöbergSWE145.2
547Michel Saint LezerFRA142.9
5545Ulf KvendboCAN138.7
5641Mihály GellérHUN137.8
5740John McInnesCAN120.3
5817Claude TrahanCAN91.0
DNS4Bernd KarwofskyGDR