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Alpine Skiing at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Games:

Women's Slalom

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Host City: Sapporo, Japan
Venue(s): Mount Teine, Mount Teine
Date Started: February 11, 1972
Date Finished: February 11, 1972
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: USA Barbara Cochran
Silver: FRA Danièle Debernard
Bronze: FRA Florence Steurer

Summary

The top slalom skiers in the world were considered to be the French Lafforgue sisters, Britt and Ingrid. Ingrid was World Cup champion and World Champion in 1970, but was injured early in 1971 and could not compete at Sapporo. Their father, Maurice Lafforgue, had skied at the 1936 Winter Olympics. Britt Lafforgue tied for the 1971 World Cup slalom title with Canadian Betsy Clifford, who did not compete in Sapporo, but who would win it outright in 1971-72. The first skier off in the first run was American Barbara Cochran, from the well-known skiing Cochran family of Vermont. Three of her siblings would also ski in the Olympics – Bob, Marilyn, and Lindy. Barbara Cochran posted 46.05 and waited. Britt Lafforgue had a run of 46.23 two skiers later, and France’s Danièle Debernard would move into second with 46.08. Disaster struck Lafforgue on the second run when she missed a gate and was disqualified. Debernard would lead the second run, with Barbara Cochran second, but the margin was only 1/100th of a second, and Cochran would win the gold medal by 0.02 seconds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Barbara Cochran 21 United States USA Gold 1:31.24
2 Danièle Debernard 17 France FRA Silver 1:31.26
3 Florence Steurer 22 France FRA Bronze 1:32.69
4 Judy Crawford 20 Canada CAN 1:33.95
5 Annemarie Moser-Pröll 18 Austria AUT 1:34.03
6 Pamela Behr 15 West Germany FRG 1:34.27
7 Monika Kaserer 19 Austria AUT 1:34.36
8 Patty Boydstun 20 United States USA 1:35.59
9T Susie Corrock 20 United States USA 1:35.76
9T Toril Førland 17 Norway NOR 1:35.76
11 Gina Hathorn 25 Great Britain GBR 1:36.18
12 Laurie Kreiner 17 Canada CAN 1:37.30
13 Emiko Okazaki 22 Japan JPN 1:39.53
14 Kathy Kreiner 14 Canada CAN 1:40.27
15 Divina Galica 27 Great Britain GBR 1:40.50
16 Harue Okitsu 22 Japan JPN 1:40.67
17 Rosi Mittermaier 21 West Germany FRG 1:41.17
18 Marta Bühler 20 Liechtenstein LIE 1:41.69
19 Galina Shikhova 31 Soviet Union URS 1:45.81
AC Wiltrud Drexel 21 Austria AUT DNF
AC Conchita Puig 19 Spain ESP DNF
AC Gertrud Gabl 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Marie-Theres Nadig 17 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Diane Pratte 18 Canada CAN DNF
AC Silvia Stump 18 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Traudl Treichl 21 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Karianne Christiansen 22 Norway NOR DNF
AC Anne Brusletto 21 Norway NOR DNF
AC Rosi Speiser 20 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Bernadette Zurbriggen 15 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Lotta Sollander 18 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Rita Good 20 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Valentina Iliffe 15 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Carol Blackwood 18 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Mitsuyo Nagumo 20 Japan JPN DNF
AC Svetlana Isakova 19 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Miyuki Katagiri 23 Japan JPN DNF
AC Britt Lafforgue 23 France FRA DQ
AC Michèle Jacot 20 France FRA DQ
AC Marilyn Cochran 21 United States USA DQ
AC Gyri Sørensen 20 Norway NOR DQ
AC Nina Merkulova 26 Soviet Union URS DQ