Alpine skiing at the 1980 Winter Olympics – Women's downhill

The Women's downhill competition of the Lake Placid 1980 Olympics was held at Whiteface Mountain on Sunday, February 17.[1][2][3][4][5]

Women's Downhill
at the XIII Olympic Winter Games
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VenueWhiteface Mountain
DateFebruary 17
Competitors28 from 13 nations
Winning time1:37.52
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Annemarie Moser-Pröll  Austria
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Hanni Wenzel  Liechtenstein
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Marie-Theres Nadig  Switzerland
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Women's Downhill
LocationWhiteface Mountain
Vertical   700 m (2,297 ft)
Top elevation1,181 m (3,875 ft)  
Base elevation   481 m (1,578 ft)

The defending world champion was Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria, who was also the defending World Cup downhill champion, while Switzerland's Marie-Theres Nadig led the current season.[6][7] Defending Olympic champion Rosi Mittermaier retired four years earlier.

Moser-Pröll won the gold, Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein took the silver, and Nadig was the bronze medalist.[3][4][5]

The course started at an elevation of 1,181 m (3,875 ft) above sea level with a vertical drop of 700 m (2,297 ft) and a length of 2.698 km (1.68 mi). Moser-Pröll's winning time was 97.52 seconds, yielding an average speed of 99.598 km/h (61.9 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 7.178 m/s (23.5 ft/s).

ResultsEdit

The race was started at 11:30 local time, (UTC −5). At the starting gate, the skies were partly cloudy, the temperature was −14 °C (7 °F), wind speed was 25–40 km/h (16–25 mph), and the snow condition was hard packed.

Rank Bib Name Country Time Difference
  6 Annemarie Moser-Pröll   Austria 1:37.52
  12 Hanni Wenzel   Liechtenstein 1:38.22 +0.70
  9 Marie-Theres Nadig   Switzerland 1:38.36 +0.84
4 14 Heidi Preuss   United States 1:39.51 +1.99
5 19 Kathy Kreiner   Canada 1:39.53 +2.01
6 20 Ingrid Eberle   Austria 1:39.63 +2.11
7 22 Torill Fjeldstad   Norway 1:39.69 +2.17
7 11 Cindy Nelson   United States 1:39.69 +2.17
9 18 Marianne Zechmeister   West Germany 1:39.96 +2.44
10 5 Jana Šoltýsová   Czechoslovakia 1:40.71 +3.19
11 4 Laurie Graham   Canada 1:40.74 +3.22
11 2 Bernadette Zurbriggen   Switzerland 1:40.74 +3.22
13 24 Loni Klettl   Canada 1:40.95 +3.43
14 16 Holly Flanders   United States 1:40.96 +3.44
15 23 Cristina Gravina   Italy 1:40.99 +3.47
16 17 Marie-Luce Waldmeier   France 1:41.05 +3.53
17 13 Evi Mittermaier   West Germany 1:41.26 +3.74
17 7 Doris de Agostini   Switzerland 1:41.26 +3.74
19 3 Irene Epple   West Germany 1:41.68 +4.16
20 8 Annemarie Bischofsberger   Switzerland 1:41.93 +4.41
21 15 Monika Bader   West Germany 1:41.96 +4.44
22 1 Cornelia Pröll   Austria 1:42.44 +4.92
23 21 Petra Wenzel   Liechtenstein 1:42.50 +4.98
24 25 Moira Cargill   Great Britain 1:42.82 +5.30
25 26 Valentina Iliffe   Great Britain 1:43.28 +5.76
26 27 Anna Archibald   New Zealand 1:46.68 +9.16
27 28 Farida Rahmed   Lebanon 2:42.88 +65.36
- 10 Caroline Attia   France DNF -
Source:[1][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Official Report of the XIIIth Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980 - Official Results" (PDF). Lake Placid Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1980. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games: Women's Downhill". Sports Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Johnson, William Oscar (February 11, 1980). "The Downhill: Majesty and Madness". Sports Illustrated. (Olympic preview). p. 84.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, William Oscar (February 25, 1980). "Austria storms the hill". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
  5. ^ a b c "Moser-Proell, Mueller end waits successfully". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. February 18, 1980. p. 5B.
  6. ^ "1979 World Cup standings". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "1978 World Championships results". FIS. Retrieved January 3, 2014.