Alpine skiing at the 1980 Winter Olympics – Women's downhill
at the XIII Olympic Winter Games
|Competitors||28 from 13 nations|
|Vertical||700 m (2,297 ft)|
|Top elevation||1,181 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. Defending Olympic champion Rosi Mittermaier retired four years earlier.
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).
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.
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