All the remaining events went off in beautiful Rocky Mountain weather. The Thursday 60 meter competition was split into two sessions. Friday was the busiest day, with a special 25 meter jump for the Grand Masters, the remaining 38 meter classes, the 88 meter and Nordic combined races. The cross country race was contested at the touring center east of town, where the 7000 foot altitude put a hurt on skiers accustomed to the thick air at sea level. Sunday saw two dozen foreign guests join the U.S. skiers in the U.S. National Championships on the 60 meter hill. All awards were saved for the banquet which, for a change, followed all competitive events.
Here are the medalists from IMC 1996 in Steamboat Springs:
38 meter (K) 65 meter (K) 88 meter (K) Nordic Combined 25 meter (K) Cl. 9 1. Odd Aarnes NOR Olav Malin NOR Odd Aarnes NOR 70-74 2. Bob Hein USA Illarion Mukchartov RUS Olav Malin NOR 3. Olav Malin NOR Illarion Mukchartov RUS Cl. 8 1. Nikolay Teeterin RUS Nikolay Teeterin RUS Nikolay Teeterin RUS 65-69 2. Cl. 7 1. John Eidem NOR Aarne Lintulahti FIN John Eidem NOR 60-64 2. Dale Severson USA Teuvo Koljonen FIN Teuvo Koljonen FIN 3. Teuvo Koljonen FIN Aarne Lintulahti FIN Cl. 6 1. Aarne Kuisma FIN Aarne Kuisma FIN Martti Lamminpaa FIN Martti Lamminpaa* FIN Aarne Kuisma FIN 55-59 2. Ingvart Tornangen NOR Ingvart Tornangen SWE Don West USA Don West* USA Ingvart Tornangen NOR 3. Svein Glomsvoll NOR Martti Lamminpaa FIN Anatoli Tchistiakov*RUS Anatoli Tchistiakov RUS Cl. 5 1. Ake Saloniemi SWE Antti Kokkonen FIN Slavomir Kardas CAN Reidar Finnanger NOR Arnold Lund NOR 50-54 2. Svein Engmann NOR Slavomir Kardas CAN Antti Kokkonen FIN Ake Saloniemi SWE Olle Stromvall SWE 3. Teuvo Hokkanen FIN Ake Saloniemi SWE Per Birger Lomheim NOR Cl. 4 1. Taisto Tolvanen FIN Jan Heiberg NOR Jan Heiberg NOR Helge Nordahl** NOR Reino Vaara SWE 45-49 2. Rune Tulluan NOR Rune Tulluan NOR Tim Denisson USA Jan Skevik** NOR Veijo Syren SWE 3. Sindre Helland NOR Inge Blakstad NOR Gjert Andersen** NOR Cl. 3 1. Arsi Sjogren FIN Nils O. Kongsvik NOR Nils O. Kongsvik NOR Oiva Ollikanen FIN 40-44 2. Vladimir Frolov RUS Arsi Sjogren FIN Alf Tore Haug # NOR Stig Hallingbye USA 3. Hannu Kohtala FIN Vladimir Frolov RUS Ilkka Tuomikoski# FIN Vasily Slotkin RUS Cl. 2 1. Sergey Skorniakov RUS Roger Ruud NOR Roger Ruud NOR Alex Kovalenko RUS 35-39 2. Alex Kovalenko RUS Jack Gasienica USA Jack Gasienica USA Stig Dahl NOR 3. Stig Dahl NOR S'gey Tcherviakov RUS Veijo Stranden FIN Sergey Tcherviakov RUS Cl. 1 1. Geir R.Lislegaard NOR Scott Smith USA Scott Smith USA Geir R. Lislegaard NOR 30-34 2. Glenn Slettingen$ NOR Oyvind Villesvik NOR Oyvind Villesvik NOR 3. Patrick Tuohy $ USA Geir R.Lislegaard NOR V. Zaharov RUS * In the Class 6 Nordic Combined competition, Lamminpaa and West jumped the 65 meter hill, but Tchistiakov jumped on the K-38. ** In Class 4 NC, the three shown above jumped the 65 meter hill, while two others skied the K-38 and were awarded medals separately. These two were both Russian Competitors: Valery Chuikin (Gold) and Victor Kolotilin (Silver). Five jumpers broke an IMC rule by skiing in special jumping events on three hills. The five were Slavomir Kardas, Vladimir Frolov, Alexander Kovalenko, Sergey Skorniakov (who also changed classes) & Vadim Zaharov. # The results sheet shows Vladimir Frolov in second place in Class 3, but it appears that since he had already participated in the 38 and 65 meter jumping competitions, he was disqualified in the K-88, and Haug and Tuomikoski were moved up in the rankings. $ Vadim Zaharov (Class 1) placed 2nd on the 38, 4th on the 60 and 3rd on the 88. It appears that he was not awarded the silver in the K-38 while Slettingen and Tuohy were moved up. Kovalenko and Skorniakov each received a medal and Kardas was awarded two.
That's all for IMC 1996, now on to Sweden for IMC 1997, ...
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