Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing
at the XI Olympic Winter Games
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Venue Mount Eniwa (downhill) and Teine
Hokkaidō, Japan
DatesFebruary 5–13, 1972
No. of events6
Competitors144 from 27 nations
  1968
1976  
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Sapporo 
Location in Japan
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Sapporo
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Teine
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Mount Eniwa
Locations on Hokkaido

Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held February 5–13 near Sapporo, Japan. The downhills were held at Mount Eniwa, and the four technical events at Teine. [1] [2]

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Medal summary

Six nations won medals in alpine skiing; Switzerland led in medals with three gold, two silver, and a bronze. Switzerland's Marie-Theres Nadig led the individual medal table, with two gold medals. The top men's medalist was Gustav Thöni of Italy with a gold and a silver.

The gold medal won in the slalom by Francisco Fernández Ochoa was Spain's first medal at the Winter Olympics. Through 2018, it remains its only gold medal at the Winter Games.

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)3216
2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1113
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)1012
4Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain  (ESP)1001
5Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0224
6Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)0112
Totals (6 nations)66618

Source: [1]

Men's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Bernhard Russi
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:51.43 Roland Collombin
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:52.07 Heini Messner
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:52.40
Giant slalom
details
Gustav Thöni
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
3:09.62 Edy Bruggmann
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
3:10.75 Werner Mattle
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
3:10.99
Slalom
details
Francisco Fernández Ochoa
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain
1:49.27  Gustav Thöni
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
1:50.28 Roland Thöni
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
1:50.30

Source: [1]

Women's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Marie-Theres Nadig
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:36.68 Annemarie Moser-Pröll
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:37.00 Susan Corrock
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:37.68
Giant slalom
details
Marie-Theres Nadig
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:29.90 Annemarie Moser-Pröll
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:30.75 Wiltrud Drexel
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:32.35
Slalom
details
Barbara Cochran
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:31.24 Danièle Debernard
Flag of France.svg  France
1:31.26 Florence Steurer
Flag of France.svg  France
1:32.69

Source: [1]

Course information

DateRaceStart
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
Mon 7-Feb Downhill – men1,126 m (3,694 ft)  354 m (1,161 ft) 772 m (2,533 ft) 2.636 km (1.638 mi)
Sat 5-Feb Downhill – women870 m (2,854 ft)  336 m (1,102 ft) 534 m (1,752 ft) 2.108 km (1.310 mi)
Wed 9-Feb Giant Slalom – men (1st run)952 m (3,123 ft)  550 m (1,804 ft) 402 m (1,319 ft) 1.075 km (0.668 mi)
Thu 10-Feb Giant Slalom – men (2nd run)952 m (3,123 ft)  550 m (1,804 ft) 402 m (1,319 ft) 1.089 km (0.677 mi)
Tue 8-Feb Giant Slalom – women982 m (3,222 ft)  625 m (2,051 ft) 357 m (1,171 ft) 1.232 km (0.766 mi)
Sun 13-Feb Slalom – men (2 runs)795 m (2,608 ft)  567 m (1,860 ft) 228 m (748 ft) 0.531 km (0.330 mi)
Fri 11-Feb Slalom – women (2 runs)751 m (2,464 ft)  567 m (1,860 ft) 184 m (604 ft) 0.449 km (0.279 mi)

Source: [1]

Participating nations

Twenty-seven nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Sapporo. The Philippines and Chinese Taipei made their Olympic alpine skiing debuts. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors. [1]

World championships

From 1948 through 1980, the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships, held every two years. With the addition of the giant slalom, the combined event was dropped for 1950 and 1952, but returned as a World Championship event in 1954 as a "paper race" which used the results from the three events. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event. The combined returned as a separate event at the World Championships in 1982 and at the Olympics in 1988. [3]

Combined

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Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics – Mens downhill

The Men's Downhill competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Mount Eniwa on Monday, February 7.

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The Men's giant slalom competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Teine.

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The Men's slalom competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Teine.

Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics – Womens downhill

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Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics – Womens slalom

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References

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  2. "Alpine Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. "Sci Alpino in cifre - La Combinata nei Campionati Mondiali" (in Italian). paolociraci.it. Retrieved 26 February 2021.