| Event type

Large Hill, Individual, Men

Date23 February 1980
LocationIntervale Ski Jump Complex, Lake Placid
Participants50 from 16 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Heinz MannGDR
Judge #2Fred RogersUSA
Judge #3Valentin TatarinzevURS
Judge #4Pavel KrznarićYUG
Judge #5Walter SchnellerFRG
Venue detailsK-Point: 114 m

Toni Innauer, Olympic champion in the Normal Hill, was heavily favored for another gold in the Large Hill, but this time the 21-year-old Austian had much stronger competition from the other jumpers. In the first round the 21-year-old Swiss Hansjörg Sumi, made a mighty jump of 117.0 m, taking the lead ahead of Jouko Törmänen from Finland and Austria’s Hubert Neuper. In fourth place, to everyone’s great surprise, was Steve Collins, a 15-year-old Ojibway Indian from Canada, a jumper totally unknown outside his homeland. Innauer was in sixth position, almost 9 points behind Sumi.

In the second round, Neuper was starting first of the favorites and was in a clear lead after a good jump of 114.5 m. Finland’s Jari Puikkonen, lying fifth after the first round, was in second position when his teammate Törmänen impressed with another 117.0 m jump, taking over the lead. First of the challengers was Innauer, but a jump of only 107.0 m placed him behind Puikkonen and outside the medals. Next was the leader after the first round, the Swiss Sumi. He could not duplicate his first jump and landed at 100.0 m, 17.0 m shorter than his first jump. Last to jump was the 15-year-old Collins, a jump of 108.0 m would put him in the bronze medal position. However, the young Collins could not control his nerves, as his 102.5 m dropped him from fourth to ninth.

Finland had fought back against the Austrian/East German dominance in ski jumping, winning gold and bronze. The Austrian team jumped well, placing second, fourth and fifth, but for the East Germans the Large Hill event was a great disappointment, their best Henry Glaß ending as a distant 11th. Steve Collins won the Junior World Championships in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden five days later. Nine days after that he showed that his first jump in Lake Placid was not just luck, being the youngest ever winner of a World Cup ski jumping event in Lahti, Finland, four days before his 16th birthday.

124Jouko TörmänenFIN271.0Gold
210Hubert NeuperAUT262.4Silver
315Jari PuikkonenFIN248.5Bronze
433Toni InnauerAUT245.7
549Armin KoglerAUT245.6
613Roger RuudNOR243.0
739Hansjörg SumiSUI242.7
832Jim DenneyUSA239.1
948Steve CollinsCAN238.4
1044Masahiro AkimotoJPN234.7
1119Henry GlaßGDR232.0
1237Pentti KokkonenFIN230.9
137Kari YlianttilaFIN229.1
1446Piotr FijasPOL226.1
1541Klaus OstwaldGDR225.1
1625Per BergerudNOR224.8
1734Robert MöschingSUI222.5
1821Peter LeitnerFRG221.5
1922Hirokazu YagiJPN220.2
2029Manfred DeckertGDR219.2
2145Leoš ŠkodaTCH217.2
2227Stanisław BobakPOL214.3
2323Josef SamekTCH213.5
245Ivar MobekkNOR212.5
253Hans MillonigAUT208.9
2628Tauno KäyhköCAN208.6
274Walter Malmquist, IIUSA205.4
2835Vladimir VlasovURS205.3
2912Horst BulauCAN205.1
302Karl LustenbergerSUI203.1
3143Johan SætreNOR202.2
3211Takafumi KawabataJPN201.4
336Harald DuschekGDR198.6
3420Yury IvanovURS197.0
351Hiroyasu AizawaJPN195.3
3631Aleksey BorovitinURS193.4
3742Bernard MoullierFRA188.3
3850Bogdan NorčičYUG187.4
398Andrey ShakirovURS187.0
4026Miran TepešYUG184.4
4138Hubert SchwarzFRG181.9
4230Gérard ColinFRA180.6
4317Stanisław PawlusiakPOL179.1
4440Jeff DavisUSA176.5
4516Reed ZuehlkeUSA169.2
4647Lido TomasiITA169.1
4714Paul EgloffSUI167.2
4818Hermann WeinbuchFRG155.4
499Brane BenedikYUG138.3
5036Jan HolmlundSWE26.2