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Alpine Skiing at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Le Recoin, Chamrousse
Date Started: February 10, 1968
Date Finished: February 10, 1968

Gold: AUT Olga Pall
Silver: FRA Isabelle Mir
Bronze: AUT Christl Haas

Summary

The favorite was likely France's Marielle Goitschel, gold medalist in 1964 in the giant slalom, and winner of the inaugural World Cup downhill title in 1967. She had also placed second at the 1966 World Championship downhill behind Austria's Erika Schinegger. Schinegger would have been a favorite but failed the Barr body test, which was used for gender verification, prior to the Grenoble Olympics. Schinegger had been raised female, but examination revealed that she had internal male sex organs. She would later undergo corrective sex transformation and changed her name to Eric, and in 1988 gave the 1966 World Championship gold medal to Goitschel.

Goitschel went off in 11th but skied poorly for her, and was only third after her run, eventually finishing eighth. The last of the seeded skiers was Austrian Olga Pall who moved ahead of France's Isabelle Mir to win the gold medal. Defending gold medalist Christl Haas took bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Olga Pall 21 Austria AUT Gold 1:40.87
2 Isabelle Mir 18 France FRA Silver 1:41.33
3 Christl Haas 24 Austria AUT Bronze 1:41.41
4 Brigitte Seiwald 22 Austria AUT 1:41.82
5 Annie Famose 23 France FRA 1:42.15
6 Felicity Field 21 Great Britain GBR 1:42.79
7 Fernande Bochatay 22 Switzerland SUI 1:42.87
8 Marielle Goitschel 22 France FRA 1:42.95
9 Florence Steurer 18 France FRA 1:43.00
10 Nancy Greene 24 Canada CAN 1:43.12
11 Annerösli Zryd 18 Switzerland SUI 1:43.76
12 Gertrud Gabl 19 Austria AUT 1:43.97
13 Giustina Demetz 26 Italy ITA 1:44.22
14 Burgl Färbinger 22 West Germany FRG 1:44.29
15 Gina Hathorn 21 Great Britain GBR 1:44.36
16 Madeleine Wuilloud 22 Switzerland SUI 1:44.49
17 Kiki Cutter 18 United States USA 1:44.94
18 Vreni Inäbnit 19 Switzerland SUI 1:45.16
19 Margret Hafen 21 West Germany FRG 1:45.33
20 Judi Leinweber 17 Canada CAN 1:45.60
21 Sandy Shellworth 23 United States USA 1:46.53
22 Karen Dokka 21 Canada CAN 1:47.55
23 Betsy Clifford 14 Canada CAN 1:47.60
24 Christine Laprell 17 West Germany FRG 1:47.62
25 Rosi Mittermaier 17 West Germany FRG 1:47.73
26 Helen Jamieson 21 Great Britain GBR 1:48.03
27 Nina Merkulova 22 Soviet Union URS 1:48.04
28 Suzy Chaffee 21 United States USA 1:48.50
29 Alfina Sukhanova 24 Soviet Union URS 1:48.74
30 Clotilde Fasolis 16 Italy ITA 1:48.90
31 Glorianda Cipolla 21 Italy ITA 1:49.02
32 Divina Galica 23 Great Britain GBR 1:49.39
33 Anna Mohrová 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:50.22
34 Mihoko Otsue 21 Japan JPN 1:51.60
35 Galina Sidorova 22 Soviet Union URS 1:51.74
36 Majda Ankele 27 Yugoslavia YUG 1:52.13
37 Anne Reid 22 New Zealand NZL 1:53.12
38 Marta Bühler 16 Liechtenstein LIE 1:53.53
AC Lotte Nogler 20 Italy ITA DNF