Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics – Women's downhill
at the XII Olympic Winter Games
|Competitors||38 from 15 nations|
|Vertical||700 m (2,297 ft)|
|Top elevation||2,310 m (7,579 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,610 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. 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. 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). 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).
Sunday, February 8, 1976
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