• Short Summary

    Hans-Georg Aschenbach of East Germany soared above his Austrian rivals on Saturday (7 February) to win the Olympic 70-metre ski jump gold medal with an unbeatable combination of distance and style.

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    Hans-Georg Aschenbach of East Germany soared above his Austrian rivals on Saturday (7 February) to win the Olympic 70-metre ski jump gold medal with an unbeatable combination of distance and style.

    Aschenbach, a 24-year-old army lieutenant, and his team-mate Jochen Danneberg who took the silver, each produced a pair of immaculate leaps in bright sunshine to complete a day of success for East Germany at the winter Olympics.

    The Austrians were left with the bronze medal of Karl Schnable who won the pre-olympic contest at Seefeld one year ago. They also had respectable placings in the top seven for the other three members of their team.

    A crowd of over 40-thousand watched as the second run, held in light variable wind, produced a second faultless jump from Aschenbach.

    He told reporters he was surprised the Austrians did not do better.

    The Japanese jumpers, who took all three medals in this event four years ago on their home territory in Sapporo, finished well down the field.

    The austrians had been expected to challenge the East Germans after excellent performances in top competition over the past two years.

    But Saturday's results, foreshadowed by poor distances in training, seemed to show they had reached their peak to soon and were perhaps unsettled by the banning of several new technical aids they had been planning to unveil.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7137977B754T6YM37PIKLEIIV
    Media URN:
    VLVA7137977B754T6YM37PIKLEIIV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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