Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Venue(s): Suvretta, St. Moritz
Date Started: February 5, 1948
Date Finished: February 5, 1948
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.
The first skier in the first run was American [Gretchen Fraser], followed by Austria's [Erika Mahringer], and they placed 1-2 after the first run. Fraser held on in the second run with the second fastest time to win the gold medal by ½-second over Switzerland's [Antoinette Meyer], with Mahringer struggling slightly in the second run to place third. Fraser was the first American to win a ski medal in the Olympics, and she also added a silver in the combined in St. Moritz. She had acted as a ski double for [Sonja Henie] in two films\: Thin Ice (1937) and Sun Valley Serenade (1941). Meyer would later marry [Karl Molitor], who won bronze in the men's downhill in 1948. Mahringer would return in 1950 to win two silver medals at the World Championships, in the downhill and slalom. Her daughter, [Nicola Spieß], would compete in Alpine skiing at the 1976 Winter Olympics.
|1||Gretchen Fraser||28||United States||USA||Gold||1:57.2|
|8||Andrea Mead-Lawrence||15||United States||USA||2:08.8|
|9||Brynhild Grasmoen||19||United States||USA||2:09.6|
|11||Paula Kann||25||United States||USA||2:09.8|
|14T||Laila Schou Nilsen||28||Norway||NOR||2:11.5|
|21||Sheena Mackintosh||19||Great Britain||GBR||2:30.9|
|23||Isobel Roe||31||Great Britain||GBR||2:49.6|
|24||Biddy Duke-Woolley||32||Great Britain||GBR||2:53.7|
|AC||Bunty Greenland||35||Great Britain||GBR||DNF|