| Event type

Four, Men

Date11 – 12 February 1972
LocationMount Teine Bobsleigh Course, Mount Teine
Participants72 from 11 countries
FormatFour runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsCurves: 14
Length: 1563 m
Start Altitude: 495 m
Vertical Drop: 70 m

Crews from West Germany, Italy and Switzerland had tasted world championship glory since the Grenoble Games with Wolfgang Zimmerer of West Germany having been the most successful pilot with medals from all three editions since 1969. With the reigning world championship crew not competing the burden of Swiss expectation fell on the Switzerland I crew of Jean Wicki who had already won the bronze medal in the two man event.

Wicki put together a series of four excellent runs and pulled out a gap of three-quarters of a second over his rivals and reclaimed the Olympic four man title for Switzerland after a gap of sixteen years. The more exciting battle was for the other places on the podium. The tussle between Italy I and the two West Germany crews ended with the Italians winning the silver medals but only by a tenth of a second.

PosCompetitorsNOCTimeRun #1Run #2Run #3Run #4
1Switzerland 1SUI4:43.071:10.71 (1)1:11.44 (2)1:10.21 (3)1:10.71 (3)Gold
Jean WickiHans LeuteneggerWerner CamichelEdy Hubacher
2Italy 1ITA4:43.831:11.39 (5)1:11.33 (1)1:10.19 (2)1:10.92 (4)Silver
Nevio De ZordoAdriano FrassinelliCorrado Dal FabbroGianni Bonichon
3West Germany 1FRG4:43.921:11.18 (3)1:11.75 (3)1:10.30 (4)1:10.69 (2)Bronze
Wolfgang ZimmererStefan GaisreiterWalter SteinbauerPeter Utzschneider
4Switzerland 2SUI4:44.561:12.36 (14)1:11.89 (5)1:10.09 (1)1:10.22 (1)
Hans CandrianErwin JuonGaudenz BeeliHeinz Schenker
5West Germany 2FRG4:45.091:10.83 (2)1:11.88 (4)1:11.06 (6)1:11.32 (=7)
Horst FlothDonat ErtelWalter GilikPepi Bader
6Austria 1AUT4:45.771:11.20 (4)1:12.46 (=10)1:11.11 (=8)1:11.00 (5)
Herbert GruberUtz ChwallaJosef EderJosef Oberhauser
7Austria 2AUT4:46.661:11.58 (8)1:12.46 (=10)1:11.16 (10)1:11.46 (10)
Werner Delle KarthWerner MoserWalter Delle KarthFritz Sperling
8Italy 2ITA4:46.731:11.89 (10)1:12.49 (=12)1:11.11 (=8)1:11.24 (6)
Gianfranco GaspariRoberto ZandonellaMario ArmanoLuciano De Paolis
9FranceFRA4:46.751:11.79 (9)1:12.18 (6)1:11.27 (11)1:11.51 (11)
Patrick ParisotYves BonsangAlain RoyGilles Morda
10RomaniaROU4:47.121:12.07 (11)1:12.65 (14)1:11.08 (7)1:11.32 (=7)
Ion PanțuruIon ZangorDumitru PascuDumitru Focșeneanu
11SwedenSWE4:47.401:12.14 (12)1:12.42 (8)1:11.43 (13)1:11.41 (9)
Carl-Erik ErikssonTom MentzerThomas GustafssonJan Johansson
12Japan 1JPN4:47.921:11.51 (=6)1:12.99 (=15)1:11.42 (12)1:12.00 (=13)
Susumu EsashikaKazumi AbeRikio SatoYoshiyuki Ichihashi
13CanadaCAN4:48.061:12.61 (15)1:12.43 (9)1:10.76 (5)1:12.26 (16)
Hans GehrigDavid RichardsonPeter BlakeleyAndrew Faulds
14United States 2USA4:48.431:12.31 (13)1:12.34 (7)1:11.80 (14)1:11.98 (12)
Bob SaidJames CopleyKen MorrisPhil Duprey
15Great Britain 2GBR4:50.461:13.00 (17)1:12.49 (=12)1:12.72 (16)1:12.25 (15)
John HammondJackie PriceAlan JonesPeter Clifford
16Great Britain 1GBR4:51.031:12.83 (16)1:13.65 (17)1:12.55 (15)1:12.00 (=13)
John EvelynMike FreemanGomer LloydBill Sweet
DQUnited States 1USA– (DQ)1
Jim Hickey, Jr.Jim BridgesHoward Siler, Jr.Tom Becker
DQJapan 2JPN1:11.51 (=6)1:12.99 (=15)– (DQ)
Toshihisa NagataHiroshi InabaKoichi SugawaraAkihiko Suzuki
DNSCanada 1CAN– (DNS)
Bob StoreyMichael HartleyColin NelsonVance White