| Event type

Normal Hill, Individual, Men

Date14 February 1988
LocationCanada Olympic Park, Calgary (Ski Jumps)
Participants58 from 19 countries
FormatTwo jumps, with both scored on distance and form.
Judge #1Don BurdickUSA
Judge #2Georges GottardiSUI
Judge #3Karol StrbaTCH
Judge #4Ernie MarchioriCAN
Judge #5Sulo KuronenFIN
DetailsK-Point: 89 m

The two dominant forces in ski jumping throughout the eighties were Finland’s Matti Nykänen and Jens Weißflog and in their first Olympic meeting in 1984 the two men had shared the honours with each winning a gold and silver apiece. Neither Nykänen or Weißflog held the world title, that championship having been won by Czechoslovakia’s Jiří Parma in 1985 but Nykänen would arrive at Calgary as the holder of the prestigious Four Hills tournament. Norwegian hopes were pinned on World Cup holder Vegard Opaas whilst the Austrian pairing of Andreas Felder and Ernst Vettori had been consistently amongst the world’s best since the last Olympic Games.

After the completion of the first round the leader board had a strange look to it. It may have been no surprise to find Nykänen in the gold medal position but the top fifteen included only one Austrian, no Germans from either side of the border and no Norwegians. Weißflog did make the lower region of the top twenty but Opaas, the top Norwegian, languished all the way down in twenty-sixth place. Czechoslovakian and Yugoslavian jumpers were the top performers on the first jump with the two nations combining to produce eight of the top thirteen at the half way mark.

Nykänen’s second jump was a copy of his first and no one could challenge the mastery of the twenty four year old Finn. If there was little drama in the challenge for the Olympic title the same could not be said of the other medals with less than a point covering the next three jumpers. Pavel Ploc maintained the excellent form he had shown on the World Cup circuit to narrowly place second ahead of his less well known team-mate Jiří Malec. While Nykänen’s feat was covered widely by the world’s press another jumper equaled him in terms of media coverage. Eddie Edwards was a British ski jumper who had only two years of jumping behind him and was, at 74 kg and wearing a thick pair of spectacles, an unlikely competitor. His two jumps, both of 55 m, were well behind even of those of the next-to-last jumper.

147Matti NykänenFIN229.1Gold
231Pavel PlocTCH212.1Silver
317Jiří MalecTCH211.8Bronze
457Miran TepešYUG211.2
555Jiří ParmaTCH203.8
613Heinz KuttinAUT199.7
739Jari PuikkonenFIN199.1
850Staffan TällbergSWE198.1
952Jens WeißflogGDR196.6
1056Piotr FijasPOL195.4
1135Akira SatoJPN194.0
1246Andreas FelderAUT192.1
1312Steve CollinsCAN191.1
1411Ladislav DluhošTCH191.0
155Ari-Pekka NikkolaFIN190.7
1623Matjaž ZupanYUG190.0
1734Fabrice PiazziniSUI188.8
1829Mark KonopackeUSA188.2
1948Ole Christian EidhammerNOR186.7
203Günther StrannerAUT186.6
2116Remo LedererGDR185.2
2219Ole Gunnar FidjestølNOR184.4
2320Risto LaakkonenFIN183.2
2428Ernst VettoriAUT181.5
2542Masaru NagaokaJPN181.3
261Rajko LotričYUG180.1
276Anders DaunSWE179.2
2821Jan BoklövSWE177.8
2944Andi BauerFRG177.5
3037Primož UlagaYUG177.1
3127Josef HeumannFRG176.4
3240Ron RichardsCAN175.3
3353Mike HollandUSA174.6
=3426Didier MollardFRA174.3
=3441Jan KowalPOL174.3
3638Per-Inge TällbergSWE174.2
374Gérard BalancheSUI173.8
3843Eduard SubochURS173.6
3932Mikhail YesinURS171.6
4036Emil ZografskiBUL171.2
418Erik JohnsenNOR171.1
427Todd GillmanCAN171.0
4322Dennis McGraneUSA169.8
4449Horst BulauCAN167.7
4525Vegard OpaasNOR166.2
4651Sandro SambugaroITA165.5
4715Thomas KlauserFRG165.1
4854Christian HauswirthSUI164.7
4945Frédéric BergerFRA164.5
5030Virginio LunardiITA162.2
5114Katsushi TaoJPN161.6
5210Shinichi TanakaJPN160.1
5358Vladimir BreychevBUL159.7
549Rick MewbornUSA158.6
552Dieter ThomaFRG154.1
5618Christoph LehmannSUI150.9
5733Bernat SolaESP140.4
5824Eddie EdwardsGBR69.2