| Event type

Large Hill, Individual, Men

Date18 February 1984
LocationMalo Polje, Igman
Participants53 from 17 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Sylvester PancherczPOL
Judge #2Vidar FahlenSWE
Judge #3Jože JavornikYUG
Judge #4Hans OstlerFRG
Judge #5Akio KasayaJPN
DetailsK-Point: 112 m

The quality of the Large Hill event was considerably higher than in the Normal hill one week before. The competition was totally dominated by Matti Nykänen, the silver medalist from the Normal hill. In the first round he made an impressive 116.0 m jump, nine meters longer than his closest opponent, the winner from the Normal hill Jens Weißflog. Austrian Armin Kogler, the best ski jumper at the 1982 World Championships with one gold and one bronze, revenged himself after his poor showing in the Normal hill by lying third.

In the second round, Kogler, starting as number 6, took an early lead and kept his position until Jari Puikkonen, the bronze winner from the Normal hill, took over the lead with a decent jump of 102.0 m. Then the US representative Jeff Hastings, lying 12th after the first round, surprised with a jump of 107.0 m, and suddenly an American was in a position for a medal. But the 19-year old Czech Pavel Ploc, who in 1983 had set a new world record of 181.0 m in his home town Harrachov, answered with a jump of 109.0 m and took over the lead with Weißflog and Nykänen yet to come. Weißflog improved half a meter from his first jump and was now first, over ten points ahead of Ploc. Nykänen, with his big lead after the first jump, could now secure his first Olympic gold medal with a safe jump of around 100 m, but the young Finn was not the type to make safe jumps. He once again made the best and longest jump of the round, 111.0 m. His victory margin was an impressive 17.5 points, the biggest victory margin in the history of Olympic ski jumping. Jeff Hastings fourth place was the best American placing in ski jumping for 60 years, only beaten by Anders Haugen’s bronze medal from 1924. For the ski-jump-loving nation of Norway, the event was described as a national catastrophe. Norway’s best jumper ended in 18th place, the nation’s worst ever Olympic ski jumping performance.

152Matti NykänenFIN231.2Gold
250Jens WeißflogGDR213.7Silver
347Pavel PlocTCH202.9Bronze
441Jeff HastingsUSA201.2
532Jari PuikkonenFIN196.6
66Armin KoglerAUT195.6
742Andi BauerFRG194.6
819Vladimír PodzimekTCH194.5
912Stefan StannariusGDR188.6
1040Horst BulauCAN188.3
111Tomaž DolarYUG185.7
127Ladislav DluhošTCH185.5
1338Primož UlagaYUG185.2
1421Pentti KokkonenFIN182.4
1535Vasja BajcYUG181.4
168Markku PuseniusFIN180.9
1745Piotr FijasPOL180.6
1823Ole Christian EidhammerNOR179.9
1939Hirokazu YagiJPN179.8
2017Satoru MatsuhashiJPN177.6
215Matthias BuseGDR176.9
2251Hansjörg SumiSUI176.4
2336Jiří ParmaTCH174.0
2429Hans WallnerAUT173.5
2522Ron RichardsCAN172.9
2637Klaus OstwaldGDR171.8
272Vegard OpaasNOR171.1
2844Andreas FelderAUT170.3
299Reed ZuehlkeUSA168.5
3025Gennady ProkopenkoURS167.1
3113Ole Gunnar FidjestølNOR164.0
3246Gérard ColinFRA163.8
3353Lido TomasiITA161.3
3428Massimo RigoniITA159.3
3527Peter RohweinFRG158.4
3615Steve CollinsCAN156.4
3733Mike HollandUSA154.8
3810Georg WaldvogelFRG154.5
3949Yury GolovshchikovURS152.0
4031Fabrice PiazziniSUI151.5
4118Manfred SteinerAUT149.4
4248Vladimir BreychevBUL139.7
4324Masaru NagaokaJPN138.8
4420Sandro SambugaroITA138.3
4514Miran TepešYUG130.7
4626Janusz MalikPOL127.5
473David BrownCAN121.6
4811José RiveraESP113.9
4930Angel StoyanovBUL108.5
5034Bernat SolaESP99.3
514Hiroo ShimaJPN95.9
5243Rolf Åge BergNOR87.5
5316Dennis McGraneUSA79.9