| Event type

Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date 6 February 1972
LocationMiyanomori Jump Hill, Sapporo
Participants56 from 16 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Fumio AsakiJPN
Judge #2F. WurthFRA
Judge #3M. KhimichevURS
Judge #4Miloslav BělonožníkTCH
Judge #5B. KramaršičYUG
DetailsK-Point: 86 m

The host nation for the 1972 Winter Games, Japan, had only been able to collect one silver medal in earlier Olympic Winter Games, done by Chiharu Igaya in men’s slalom in Cortina 1956. But this time they had great expectations for their excellent ski jumping team. The team was composed of four experienced jumpers, all of whom had shown good form early in the season. The big star was undoubtedly 28-year old Yukio Kasaya. He had taken a silver medal in the Normal Hill at the 1970 World Championships behind double gold medalist Gari Napalkov of Soviet. In the Four Hill’s Tournament at the beginning of the Olympic season, Kasaya had won the first three competitions. After that the Japanese team returned home to Japan to prepare for their home Olympics. Kasaya would probably have won the overall combined tournament easily, instead the Norwegian Ingolf Mork was the overall winner due to Kasaya’s absence in the fourth competition. Also the fact that all jumpers of the Japanese team came from Hokkaido made the local interest for the Normal Hill competition, three days after the opening of the Games, enormous.

After the first round the Japanese audience went wild: The Japanese quartet held the first four positions! Kasaya made a perfect jump of 84.0 m, the longest of the day, but was closely followed by Seiji Aochi, who jumped 83.5 m. In third place was Akitsugu Konno from Sapporo, followed by the fourth Japanese, Takashi Fujisawa, the silver medalist in the Large Hill from the World Championships in Oslo six years earlier. Best of the non-Japanese jumpers was the Swede Rolf Nordgren followed by another surprise man, the 19-year old Pole Wojciech Fortuna.

The Japanese team was under great pressure from the home crowd before the start of the second round. Kasaya kept cool, had the best jump of all in the second round and won by a margin of almost 10 points. Konno made the second best jump of the second round and advanced to silver, and Aochi secured a clean medal sweep for Japan, the first in ski jumping since the Norwegian team made it in 1948. Only Fujisawa could not repeat his first jump, he missed totally and fell down from fourth to 23rd in the final ranking. Mork advanced from 14th after the first round, being the best non-Japanese in fourth place, and defending Olympic Champion Jiří Raška climbed from 13th to a final fifth place. Fortuna kept his sixth place from the first round, and the double World 1970 Champion Napalkov had to be content with a seventh place.

Kasaya and his teammates were celebrated as national heroes, Japan having avenged the disappointing results from their male speed skating sprinters in the 500 m from the day before.

145Yukio KasayaJPN244.2Gold
25Akitsugu KonnoJPN234.8Silver
320Seiji AochiJPN229.5Bronze
444Ingolf MorkNOR225.5
555Jiří RaškaTCH224.8
624Wojciech FortunaPOL222.0
=718Gary NapalkovURS220.2
=734Karel KodejškaTCH220.2
911K'oba Ts'akadzeURS219.9
1054Peter ŠtefančičYUG218.1
=1121Zbyněk HubačTCH217.8
=1130Frithjof Prydz, Jr.NOR217.8
=1151Rolf NordgrenSWE217.8
1432Walter SteinerSUI217.4
1552Rainer SchmidtGDR217.2
1622Ernst von GrünigenSUI212.4
1713Rauno MiettinenFIN212.0
=1810Henry GlaßGDR211.8
=1856Tauno KäyhköFIN211.8
2029Yury KalininURS211.6
2146Anatoly ZheglanovURS210.0
2243Hans SchmidSUI208.9
2338Takashi FujisawaJPN207.8
2433Adam KrzysztofiakPOL207.3
2536Kari YlianttilaFIN206.6
2612Rudi WannerAUT205.0
2731Danilo PudgarYUG204.7
286Josef ZehnderSUI203.7
=292Rudolf HöhnlTCH201.6
=2942Reinhold BachlerAUT201.6
3140Hans-Georg AschenbachGDR198.5
3247Tadeusz PawlusiakPOL197.9
3323Nils-Per SkarsethNOR197.6
3450Jerry MartinUSA197.2
3516Drago PudgarYUG197.1
3635Max GolserAUT195.8
378Marjan MesecYUG195.4
3817Manfred WolfGDR195.0
399Stanisław Gąsienica DanielPOL194.0
4048Zdenek MezlCAN192.8
4126Ron SteeleUSA192.3
4239Anders LundqvistSWE191.8
4349Gilbert PoirotFRA188.7
4427Ulf KvendboCAN187.8
451Esko RautionahoFIN187.7
4653Günther GöllnerFRG185.9
4741Alfred GroscheFRG182.8
487Rick GulyasCAN181.3
4919Sepp SchwinghammerFRG180.1
5037Greg SworUSA179.4
514Jo Inge BjørnebyeNOR174.2
523Scott BerryUSA172.0
5328Alain MacleFRA165.9
5425Yvan RichardFRA164.3
5514Ezio DamolinITA162.7
5615Peter WilsonCAN149.4