Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics – Women's downhill

The Women's downhill competition of the Innsbruck 1976 Olympics was held at Axamer Lizum on Sunday, 8 February.[1][2]

Women's Downhill
at the XII Olympic Winter Games
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VenueAxamer Lizum
DateFebruary 8
Competitors38 from 15 nations
Winning time1:46.16
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Rosi Mittermaier  West Germany
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Brigitte Totschnig  Austria
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Cindy Nelson  United States
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Women's Downhill
LocationAxamer Lizum
Vertical   700 m (2,297 ft)
Top elevation2,310 m (7,579 ft)  
Base elevation1,610 m (5,282 ft)

The defending world champion was Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria, who was also the defending World Cup downhill champion, but spent this year away from racing to care for her ailing father; Switzerland's Bernadette Zurbriggen led the current season.[3][4] Defending Olympic champion Marie-Theres Nadig was entered in the race but did not start.

Rosi Mittermaier won the gold medal, Brigitte Totschnig of Austria took the silver, and Cindy Nelson of the United States was the bronze medalist.[5][6] Mittermaier also won the slalom and was the runner-up in the giant slalom.

The starting gate was at an elevation of 2,310 m (7,579 ft) above sea level, with a vertical drop of 700 m (2,297 ft).[1] The course length was 2.515 km (1.56 mi) and Mittermaier's winning run of 106.16 seconds resulted in an average speed of 85.286 km/h (53.0 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 6.594 m/s (21.6 ft/s).

ResultsEdit

Sunday, February 8, 1976

Rank Bib Name Country Time Difference
  9 Rosi Mittermaier   West Germany 1:46.16
  7 Brigitte Totschnig   Austria 1:46.68 +0.52
  10 Cindy Nelson   United States 1:47.50 +1.34
4 13 Nicola Spieß   Austria 1:47.71 +1.55
5 5 Danièle Debernard   France 1:48.48 +2.32
6 4 Jacqueline Rouvier   France 1:48.58 +2.42
7 2 Bernadette Zurbriggen   Switzerland 1:48.62 +2.46
8 3 Marlies Oberholzer   Switzerland 1:48.68 +2.52
9 14 Monika Kaserer   Austria 1:48.81 +2.65
10 8 Irene Epple   West Germany 1:48.91 +2.75
11 15 Hanni Wenzel   Liechtenstein 1:49.17 +3.01
12 1 Irmgard Lukasser   Austria 1:49.18 +3.02
13 11 Evi Mittermaier   West Germany 1:49.23 +3.07
14 26 Susan Patterson   United States 1:49.37 +3.21
15 19 Paola Hofer   Italy 1:49.60 +3.44
16 20 Laurie Kreiner   Canada 1:49.97 +3.81
17 18 Michèle Jacot   France 1:49.98 +3.82
18 6 Doris de Agostini   Switzerland 1:50.46 +4.30
19 16 Kathy Kreiner   Canada 1:50.48 +4.32
20 30 Wanda Bieler   Italy 1:50.58 +4.42
21 23 Fabienne Serrat   France 1:51.34 +5.18
22 27 Betsy Clifford   Canada 1:51.40 +5.24
23 25 Maria Epple   West Germany 1:51.41 +5.25
24 24 Ursula Konzett   Liechtenstein 1:51.53 +5.37
25 21 Jolanda Plank   Italy 1:52.50 +6.34
26 29 Leslie Smith   United States 1:52.98 +6.82
27 28 Torill Fjeldstad   Norway 1:52.99 +6.83
28 36 Alla Askarova   Soviet Union 1:53.19 +7.03
29 17 Valentina Iliffe   Great Britain 1:53.31 +7.15
30 22 Riitta Ollikka   Finland 1:53.85 +7.69
31 34 Sally Rodd   Australia 1:54.82 +8.66
32 33 Dagmar Kuzmanová   Czechoslovakia 1:54.81 +8.65
33 32 Jana Šoltýsová   Czechoslovakia 1:55.02 +8.86
34 35 Fiona Easdale   Great Britain 1:57.66 +11.50
35 37 Hazel Hutcheon   Great Britain 1:58.33 +12.17
36 38 Joanne Henke   Australia 1:59.59 +13.43
37 31 Theresa Wallis   Great Britain 1:59.77 +13.61
38 40 Sue Gibson   New Zealand 2:03.49 +17.33
12 Marie-Theres Nadig   Switzerland DNS
39 Janet Wells   New Zealand DNS
Source:[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Final Report - XII. Olympische Winterspiele Innsbruck 1976". Organizing Committee for the XIIth Winter Olympic Games 1976. LA84 Foundation. 1976. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games: Women's Downhill". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ "1975 World Cup standings". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "1974 World Championships results". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "Nelson claims bronze in downhill". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. February 9, 1976. p. 13.
  6. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (February 16, 1976). "On came the heroes". Sports Illustrated. p. 10.