| Event type

Large Hill, Individual, Men

Date15 February 1976
LocationBergiselschanze, Innsbruck
Participants54 from 15 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Valentin TatarinzevURS
Judge #2Heikki TeljamoFIN
Judge #3Karl MartitschCAN
Judge #4Kurt BecherAUT
Judge #5Gerhard HochmuthGDR
DetailsK-Point: 104 m

The Austrian home crowd hoped for revenge on the Large Bergisel hill after the double East German victory in the Normal hill in Seefeld one week earlier. And the audience went wild when the 17-year old Austrian wonderboy Toni Innauer delivered a perfect first jump, 102.5 m, the longest in the competition. With high style notes he was in a clear lead, 7.7 points ahead of the East German silver medalist from the normal hill, Jochen Danneberg. Danneberg jumped 102.0 m, but a poor landing gave him low style points. With Karl Schnabel in third, veteran Reinhold Bachler in fourth, and Hans Wallner in seventh place, everything looked good for Austria, even if the East Germans had all their four jumpers among the ten best.

In the second round, the duel between the two leading ski jumping nations came to a climax. Bernd Eckstein from East Germany, lying fifth after the first round, took an early lead with a jump of 91.5, but Wallner brought the lead back to Austria with 92.5 m. Then Bachler jumped 91.0 m, bettering Wallner’s total points by 0.5, and Austria now held the first two spots. But Henry Glaß countered back for Eastern Germany. Lying tenth after the first round, he produced the best jump of the round with 97.0 m. The gold medalist from the normal hill, Hans-Georg Aschenbach, disappointed with 89.0 m, placing fifth to that point. Everybody’s eyes were then focused on the young Innauer. He jumped 91.0 m, a little disappointing to the crowd, but due to his excellent first jump, he brought the lead back to Austria. Danneberg was next, but he could only jump 89.5 m and was behind both Innauer and Glaß. The last of the favorites to jump was Schnabl, third after the first round, seven points behind Innauer. Could he secure an Austrian double? The 21-year old from Villach did. After copying Glaß’s length and style points, he won the gold medal, beating Innauer by 1.9 points. The Austrians had countered back, won a double and, with the other jumpers placing fourth and fifth, had their revenge on East Germany. The German quartet placed 3-4-7-8, meaning that the top eight placements were taken by jumpers from Austria and East Germany, a feat still unique in the history of ski jumping. Schnabl and Innauer ended their successful season by taking another double at Holmenkollen, this time with the best East German Danneberg a distant seventh.

149Karl SchnablAUT234.8Gold
234Toni InnauerAUT232.9Silver
321Henry GlaßGDR221.7Bronze
444Jochen DannebergGDR221.6
518Reinhold BachlerAUT217.4
69Hans WallnerAUT216.9
74Bernd EcksteinGDR216.2
832Hans-Georg AschenbachGDR212.1
941Walter SteinerSUI208.5
1026Jouko TörmänenFIN204.9
1111Sergey SaychikURS200.0
1251Esko RautionahoFIN197.8
1355Johan SætreNOR195.2
1436Jaroslav BalcarTCH194.6
1535Aleksandr KarapuzovURS193.5
1654Alfred GroscheFRG193.1
1752Yukio KasayaJPN192.3
1850Jim DenneyUSA191.1
1948Aleksey BorovitinURS187.5
2039Hans SchmidSUI186.3
2131Rauno MiettinenFIN185.4
2237Takao ItoJPN183.2
2315Ernst von GrünigenSUI182.4
2414Yury KalininURS181.5
2546Odd BrandseggSWE181.4
2619Per BergerudNOR179.7
272Jindřich BalcarTCH178.1
2842Bogdan NorčičYUG178.0
2923Minoru WakasaJPN177.5
3017Terry KernUSA176.2
3122Karel KodejškaTCH175.8
3227Jerry MartinUSA175.7
336Hiroshi ItagakiJPN175.2
3443Rudolf HöhnlTCH175.1
353Finn HalvorsenNOR173.2
3612Jim MakiUSA171.4
3753Stanisław BobakPOL168.0
388Robert MöschingSUI167.7
397Janusz WaluśPOL167.5
4020Marek PachPOL164.7
4113Harri BluménFIN160.7
4224Branko DolharYUG160.2
4328Janez DemšarYUG157.8
4425Francesco GiacomelliITA157.6
4547Peter WilsonCAN154.7
4633Richard GradyCAN153.3
4729Lido TomasiITA152.1
4816Donald GradyCAN149.5
491Leo De CrignisITA143.3
5030Odd HammernesNOR142.3
5145Marcello BazzanaITA138.0
5240Tadeusz PawlusiakPOL130.8
535Kim FrippCAN125.9
5410Ivo ZupanYUG119.4
DNS38Sepp SchwinghammerFRG