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Alpine Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Mount Teine, Mount Teine
Date Started: February 5, 1972
Date Finished: February 5, 1972

Gold: SUI Marie-Theres Nadig
Silver: AUT Annemarie Moser-Pröll
Bronze: USA Susie Corrock

Summary

The best skier in the world in the past two years had been Austrian Annemarie Pröll, who was World Cup champion in 1971-72 in the overall, downhill, and giant slalom. The early leader in Sapporo was France’s Isabelle Mir, silver medalist in the 1970 World Championship downhill. She was then bested by unknown American Susan Corrock, whose eventual third-place finish would be her only podium finish ever in a major international. Three skiers later, unheralded Swiss skier Marie-Theres Nadig moved into first, a full second ahead of Corrock. But Pröll was still to come, the last off of the seeded skiers. Although she skied well, it was only good enough for a silver medal, giving the gold to Nadig in a major upset. The pouting Pröll refused to attend the post-race press conference, but would return to lead the World Cup downhill and overall in 1973-75. She retired before the 1976 Winter Olympics, but then returned and in 1980, won the gold medal in the downhill at Lake Placid.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Marie-Theres Nadig 17 Switzerland SUI Gold 1:36.68
2 Annemarie Moser-Pröll 18 Austria AUT Silver 1:37.00
3 Susie Corrock 20 United States USA Bronze 1:37.68
4 Isabelle Mir 22 France FRA 1:38.62
5 Rosi Speiser 20 West Germany FRG 1:39.10
6 Rosi Mittermaier 21 West Germany FRG 1:39.32
7 Bernadette Zurbriggen 15 Switzerland SUI 1:39.49
8 Annie Famose 27 France FRA 1:39.70
9 Bernadette Rauter 22 Austria AUT 1:39.84
10 Marta Bühler 20 Liechtenstein LIE 1:40.06
11 Toril Førland 17 Norway NOR 1:40.25
12 Marianne Hefti 18 Switzerland SUI 1:40.38
13 Traudl Treichl 21 West Germany FRG 1:40.62
14 Karen Budge 22 United States USA 1:40.68
15T Brigitte Totschnig 17 Austria AUT 1:40.73
15T Michèle Jacot 20 France FRA 1:40.73
17 Gyri Sørensen 20 Norway NOR 1:40.77
18T Silvia Stump 18 Switzerland SUI 1:40.92
18T Carolyne Oughton 19 Canada CAN 1:40.92
20 Laurie Kreiner 17 Canada CAN 1:41.00
21T Sandy Poulsen 19 United States USA 1:41.25
21T Karianne Christiansen 22 Norway NOR 1:41.25
23T Florence Steurer 22 France FRA 1:41.36
23T Valentina Iliffe 15 Great Britain GBR 1:41.36
25 Gina Hathorn 25 Great Britain GBR 1:41.42
26 Divina Galica 27 Great Britain GBR 1:41.58
27 Judy Crawford 20 Canada CAN 1:41.75
28 Marilyn Cochran 21 United States USA 1:41.96
29 Conchita Puig 19 Spain ESP 1:42.37
30 Monika Kaserer 19 Austria AUT 1:42.59
31 Lotta Sollander 18 Sweden SWE 1:42.97
32 Mitsuyo Nagumo 20 Japan JPN 1:43.07
33 Kathy Kreiner 14 Canada CAN 1:43.68
34 Galina Shikhova 31 Soviet Union URS 1:43.88
35 Miyuki Katagiri 23 Japan JPN 1:44.10
36 Pamela Behr 15 West Germany FRG 1:44.22
37 Nina Merkulova 26 Soviet Union URS 1:44.48
38 Carol Blackwood 18 Great Britain GBR 1:44.61
39 Svetlana Isakova 19 Soviet Union URS 1:44.83
40 Harue Okitsu 22 Japan JPN 1:45.37
41 Emiko Okazaki 22 Japan JPN 1:48.85