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Alpine Skiing at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Squaw Valley, United States
Venue(s): KT-22, Squaw Valley, California
Date Started: February 20, 1960
Date Finished: February 20, 1960

Gold: GER Heidi Biebl
Silver: USA Penny Pitou
Bronze: AUT Traudl Hecher

Summary

After snow postponed the men's downhill, the women's downhill was the first Alpine event of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The favorite should have been Canada's Lucille Wheeler, bronze medalist in 1956, who had won the downhill and giant slalom at the 1958 World Championships, but she was injured and could not compete in Squaw. The first skier to come down Little Papoose Peak was American Penny Pitou, who had competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics. As six further skiers finished, Pitou's time of 1:38.6 was obviously an impressive one, and held the lead until Germany's Heidi Biebl finished in 1:37.6. Biebl's time was never challenged, earning her the gold medal. Pitou would later win another silver in the giant slalom. Returning to her native New Hampshire she later became director of the largest travel agency in the state.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Heidi Biebl 19 Germany GER Gold 1:37.6
2 Penny Pitou 21 United States USA Silver 1:38.6
3 Traudl Hecher 16 Austria AUT Bronze 1:38.9
4 Pia Riva 24 Italy ITA 1:39.9
5 Jerta Schir 21 Italy ITA 1:40.5
6 Anneliese Meggl 21 Germany GER 1:40.8
7 Sonja Sperl 23 Germany GER 1:41.0
8 Erika Netzer 22 Austria AUT 1:41.1
9T Yvonne Rüegg 28 Switzerland SUI 1:41.6
9T Carla Marchelli 24 Italy ITA 1:41.6
11 Barbi Henneberger 19 Germany GER 1:42.4
12T Anne Heggtveit 21 Canada CAN 1:42.9
12T Marit Haraldsen 20 Norway NOR 1:42.9
14T Thérèse Leduc 26 France FRA 1:44.2
14T Jolanda Schir 17 Italy ITA 1:44.2
14T Arlette Grosso 22 France FRA 1:44.2
17 Nancy Holland 18 Canada CAN 1:45.2
18 Marguerite Leduc 24 France FRA 1:45.6
19 Stalina Demidova-Korzukhina 22 Soviet Union URS 1:46.5
20 Yevgeniya Kabina-Sidorova 29 Soviet Union URS 1:46.7
21 Joan Hannah 20 United States USA 1:47.9
22 Nancy Greene 16 Canada CAN 1:48.3
23 Lyubov Volkova Soviet Union URS 1:49.2
24 Marían Navarro 18 Spain ESP 1:49.7
25 Josephine Gibbs 21 Great Britain GBR 1:50.3
26 Margrit Gertsch 20 Switzerland SUI 1:50.4
27 Christine Davy 25 Australia AUS 1:50.6
28 Wendy Farrington 18 Great Britain GBR 1:50.8
29 María Cristina Schweizer 19 Argentina ARG 1:51.0
30 Liv Jagge-Christiansen 16 Norway NOR 1:51.2
31 Renate Holmes 30 Great Britain GBR 1:51.9
32 Elizabeth Greene 19 Canada CAN 1:53.3
33 Linda Meyers 22 United States USA 1:53.4
34 Cecilia Womersley 16 New Zealand NZL 1:59.5
35 Liselotte Michel 20 Switzerland SUI 2:01.0
36 Trish Prain 26 New Zealand NZL 2:01.5
37 Astrid Sandvik 20 Norway NOR 2:02.9
38 Janine Monterrain 17 France FRA 2:03.0
39 Putzi Frandl 29 Austria AUT 2:11.6
AC Betsy Snite 21 United States USA DNF
AC Herlinde Beutlhauser 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Annemarie Waser 20 Switzerland SUI DQ