Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Piz Nair, St. Moritz; Suvretta, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 2, 1948
Date Finished: February 4, 1948
Format: One downhill run and two slalom runs, point tables determined placement.
As with the men, the open downhill was used for the combined competition, with a combined slalom event held on 4 February, two days later. The downhill gold medalist was Hedy Schlunegger, but she was not so good in the slalom, and placed only 15th in this section, and eighth overall. By far the best slalom skier was Erika Mahringer, whose time of 1:58.1 in this event won by almost three seconds (and was over 6 seconds better than third place), led by her first slalom run that was 3.4 seconds better than the next best run by Gretchen Fraser and Trude Beiser. Fraser had the best second run in the slalom and placed second to Mahringer in this discipline. Beiser had an awful second slalom run, placing 16th and 9½ seconds behind Fraser. But Fraser came into the slalom after finishing only 11th in the downhill, while Beiser had won a silver medal in that event. Beiser’s overall lead after the downhill enabled her to narrowly win gold in the combined, with Fraser second and Mahringer third. Mahringer’s great slalom performance could not overcome her poor downhill, in which she had placed 15th.
|2||Gretchen Fraser||28||United States||USA||Silver||6.95|
|13||Laila Schou Nilsen||28||Norway||NOR||12.14|
|16||Ruth-Marie Stewart||20||United States||USA||17.73|
|17||Becky Cremer||23||United States||USA||22.01|
|21||Andrea Mead-Lawrence||15||United States||USA||30.84|
|23||Isobel Roe||31||Great Britain||GBR||34.91|
|24||Sheena Mackintosh||19||Great Britain||GBR||36.00|
|25||Rosemary Sparrow||22||Great Britain||GBR||37.16|
|27||Xanthe Ryder||21||Great Britain||GBR||47.10|