United States at the
1976 Winter Olympics
IOC codeUSA
NOCUnited States Olympic Committee
in Innsbruck
Competitors106 (76 men, 30 women) in 10 sports
Flag bearerCindy Nelson (alpine skiing)
Medals
Ranked 3rd
Gold
3
Silver
3
Bronze
4
Total
10
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

The United States competed at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

As Lake Placid would be hosting the following Winter Olympics, an American segment was performed at the closing ceremony.

Medalists

Further information: 1976 Winter Olympics medal table

The following U.S. competitors won medals at the games. In the by discipline sections below, medalists' names are bolded.

Alpine skiing

Main article: Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Karl Anderson Downhill N/A 1:49.08 24
Greg Jones 1:47.84 11
Andy Mill 1:47.06 6
Pete Patterson 1:47.94 13
Cary Adgate Giant slalom 1:48.64 23 1:47.77 21 3:36.41 21
Greg Jones 1:48.09 16 1:43.68 9 3:31.77 9
Phil Mahre 1:45.58 4 1:42.62 5 3:28.20 5
Steve Mahre 1:47.80 14 1:45.96 12 3:33.76 13
Cary Adgate Slalom 1:03.06 14 1:06.47 13 2:09.53 13
Geoff Bruce DNF
Greg Jones 1:05.05 24 1:07.66 19 2:12.71 19
Phil Mahre 1:04.80 22 1:06.97 17 2:11.77 18
Women
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Cindy Nelson Downhill N/A 1:47.50 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Susan Patterson 1:49.37 14
Leslie Smith 1:52.98 26
Lindy Cochran Giant slalom N/A 1:31.33 12
Cindy Nelson 1:32.02 21
Mary Seaton 1:31.58 17
Leslie Smith 1:34.54 28
Lindy Cochran Slalom 47.96 7 45.28 4 1:33.24 6
Abbi Fisher 50.34 21 DNF
Cindy Nelson 49.52 16 47.81 13 1:37.33 13
Mary Seaton 49.04 12 46.83 9 1:35.87 10

Biathlon

Main article: Biathlon at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Athlete Event Time Misses Rank
Peter Dascoulias Individual DNF
Martin Hagen 1:28:49.20 8 47
Lyle Nelson 1:25:27.50 10 35
Peter Dascoulias
Dennis Donahue
John Morton
Lyle Nelson
Relay 2:10:17.72 4 11

Bobsleigh

Main article: Bobsleigh at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jimmy Morgan
Thomas Becker
Two-man 57.68 15 57.63 14 57.66 13 57.79 13 3:50.76 14
Brent Rushlaw
John Proctor
58.07 20 58.27 20 57.79 15 57.89 14 3:52.02 19
William Hollrock
Earl Frisbie
Frederick Fritsch
Phil Duprey
Four-man 56.61 19 56.86 18 57.89 21 58.35 20 3:49.71 19
Jimmy Morgan
Peter Brennan
John Proctor
Thomas Becker
56.09 15 56.08 14 56.96 15 57.59 15 3:46.72 15

Cross-country skiing

Main article: Cross-country skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Tim Caldwell 15 km 47:33.59 37
Bill Koch 45:32.22 6
Doug Peterson 49:00.98 54
Ronny Yeager 48:58.16 52
Bela Bodnar 30 km 1:43:10.73 59
Tim Caldwell 1:35:57.97 27
Chris Haines 1:40:58.43 52
Bill Koch 1:30:57.84 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Tim Caldwell 50 km DNF
Stan Dunklee 2:51:26.28 36
Chris Haines DNF
Bill Koch 2:44:34.69 13
Tim Caldwell
Bill Koch
Doug Peterson
Ronny Yeager
4×10 km relay 2:11:41.35 6
Women
Athlete Event Time Rank
Jana Hlavaty 5 km 18:21.21 35
Terry Porter 19:36.93 39
Martha Rockwell 17:33.07 28
Lynn von der Heide-Spencer-Galanes DNF
Twila Hinkle 10 km 36:35.49 42
Jana Hlavaty 34:48.88 37
Margie Mahoney 37:07.18 43
Martha Rockwell 34:21.34 36
Twila Hinkle
Jana Hlavaty
Terry Porter
Martha Rockwell
4×5 km relay 1:17:58.18 9

Figure skating

Main article: Figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Individual
Athlete Event CF SP FS Total
Rank Rank Rank Points Places Rank
Terry Kubicka Men's singles 11 10 3 183.30 56 7
David Santee 5 4 6 184.28 49 6
Wendy Burge Ladies' singles 6 8 9 182.14 63 6
Linda Fratianne 9 6 6 181.86 67 8
Dorothy Hamill 2 1 1 193.80 9 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Mixed
Athlete Event SP / CD FS / FD Total
Rank Rank Points Places Rank
Tai Babilonia
Randy Gardner
Pairs 5 4 134.24 36 5
Alice Cook
William Fauver
11 13 119.36 106 12
Judi Genovesi
Kent Weigle
Ice dancing 15 16 168.26 134 15
Susan Kelley
Andrew Stroukoff
18 15 165.12 147 17
Colleen O'Connor
Jim Millns
3 3 202.64 27 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)

Ice hockey

Main article: Ice hockey at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Summary
Team Event First round Consolation game Medal round
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
United States men Men's tournament  Yugoslavia
W 8–4
Bye  Soviet Union
L 2–6
 Czechoslovakia
L 0–5
 Finland
W 5–4
 Poland
W 7–2
 West Germany
L 1–4
5
Roster
First round

Winners (in bold) entered the Medal Round. Other teams played a consolation round for 7th-12th places.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
 United States 8–4  Yugoslavia
Medal round
Rank Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 5 5 0 0 40 11 10
2  Czechoslovakia 5 3 2 0 17 10 6
3  West Germany 5 2 3 0 21 24 4
4  Finland 5 2 3 0 19 18 4
5  United States 5 2 3 0 15 21 4
6  Poland 5 1 4 0 9 37 2

Luge

Main article: Luge at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Richard Cavanaugh Singles 56.186 28 55.669 33 54.572 25 54.930 26 3:41.357 25
James Murray 56.269 31 55.554 31 55.142 30 55.187 28 3:42.152 26
Terry O'Brien 56.366 33 55.647 32 55.172 31 55.351 30 3:42.536 28
Robert Berkley
Richard Cavanaugh
Doubles 46.455 24 45.554 20 N/A 1:32.009 23
John Fee
Jim Moriarty
46.075 22 45.965 22 1:32.040 24
Women
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Maura Haponski Singles 46.547 26 45.877 24 45.818 25 46.329 25 3:04.571 25
Karen Roberts 46.366 24 46.142 25 45.581 24 45.994 24 3:04.083 24
Kathleen Ann Roberts-Homstad 45.413 19 45.744 23 44.848 18 45.346 22 3:01.351 21

Nordic combined

Main article: Nordic combined at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Athlete Event Ski jumping Cross-country Total
Jump 1 Jump 2 Points Rank Time Points Rank Points Rank
Mike Devecka Individual 77.0 74.6 151.6 32 51:06.38 192.28 18 343.88 28
Jim Galanes 90.6 93.5 184.1 25 50:34.71 197.03 15 381.13 17
Walter Malmquist 90.0 91.3 181.3 26 54:40.40 160.17 30 341.47 29

Ski jumping

Main article: Ski jumping at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Athlete Event Jump 1 Jump 2 Total
Distance Points Distance Points Points Rank
Jim Denney Normal hill 79.0 110.7 76.5 108.2 218.9 21
Jerry Martin 78.0 109.6 74.5 103.0 212.6 27
Kip Sundgaard 68.0 89.6 67.0 88.0 177.6 53
Greg Windsperger 76.0 103.9 75.5 104.1 208.0 34
Jim Denney Large hill 89.0 99.1 85.0 92.0 191.1 18
Terry Kern 88.0 89.7 85.0 86.5 176.2 30
Jim Maki 85.0 89.0 81.0 82.4 171.4 36
Jerry Martin 85.0 94.0 78.0 81.7 175.7 32

Speed skating

Main article: Speed skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics

Men
Athlete Event Time Rank
Jim Chapin 500 m 40.09 10
Dan Immerfall 39.54 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Peter Mueller 39.57 5
Dan Carroll 1000 m 1:27.37 28
Dan Immerfall 1:21.74 12
Peter Mueller 1:19.32 OR 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Dan Carroll 1500 m 2:02.26 5
Eric Heiden 2:02.40 7
Mike Woods 2:08.77 23
Dan Carroll 5000 m 7:36.46 6
Eric Heiden 7:59.00 19
Mike Woods 7:48.08 12
Dan Carroll 10,000 m 15:19.29 7
Charles Gilmore 16:26.35 19
Mike Woods 15:53.42 12
Women
Athlete Event Time Rank
Lori Monk 500 m 44.00 9
Leah Poulos 43.21 4
Sheila Young 42.46 OR 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Peggy Crowe 1000 m DSQ
Leah Poulos 1:28.57 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Sheila Young 1:29.14 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Leah Poulos 1500 m 2:19.11 6
Cindy Seikkula 2:24.06 17
Sheila Young 2:17.06 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Beth Heiden 3000 m 4:51.67 11
Cindy Seikkula 4:57.57 17
Nancy Swider-Peltz 4:48.46 7

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