Alpine skiing at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Women's super-G
at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
|Competitors||43 from 19 nations|
|Location||Hakuba – Happo-One|
Olympic Course II
|Vertical||587 m (1,926 ft)|
|Top elevation||1,486 m (4,875 ft)|
|Base elevation||899 m (2,949 ft)|
The defending world champion was Isolde Kostner of Italy, while Germany's Hilde Gerg was the defending World Cup Super G champion.  Defending Olympic champion Diann Roffe had retired from competition in 1994. This was the opening women's alpine event of these Olympics.
Picabo Street of the United States won the gold medal by one-hundredth of a second, Austria's Michaela Dorfmeister took the silver, and the bronze medalist was Alexandra Meissnitzer, also of Austria. Gerg was tenth and Kostner eleventh, while downhill gold medalist Katja Seizinger was sixth.
Street had never won a super-G event, though she had two World Cup podiums; her nine World Cup wins were all in downhill. Returning from injuries, this was the final podium of her career; she was sixth in the downhill, then broke her leg a month later in Switzerland, which ended her presence as a top competitor.
The Olympic Course II started at an elevation of 1,486 m (4,875 ft) above sea level with a vertical drop of 587 m (1,926 ft) and a length of 2.115 km (1.31 mi). Street's winning time was 78.02 seconds, yielding an average course speed of 97.590 km/h (60.6 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 7.524 m/s (24.7 ft/s).
The race was started at 13:00 local time, (UTC +9). At the starting gate, the skies were clear, the temperature was −4.7 °C (24 °F), and the snow condition was hard; the temperature at the finish was −2.0 °C (28 °F).
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