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Alpine Skiing at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Venue(s): Axamer Lizum, Axams
Date Started: February 8, 1976
Date Finished: February 8, 1976

Gold: FRG Rosi Mittermaier
Silver: AUT Brigitte Totschnig
Bronze: USA Cindy Nelson

Summary

The top downhill skier since Sapporo had been Austrian Annemarie Pröll, but she retired prior to the 1975-76 season. In her absence no favorite existed for this event. German Rosi Mittermaier was the ninth skier to start. A long-time World Cup competitor, on the circuit since 1967, she had won seven World Cup races, although never a downhill, but she posted the fastest time on her run to take the lead. Waiting out the remainder of the seeds, nobody bettered her mark and Mittermaier had won a surprise gold medal. A few days later she would win the slalom gold medal and, with a chance to match the triple Alpine golds of Toni Sailer and Jean-Claude Killy, she came close, winning a silver medal in the giant slalom. The silver medalist, Austrian Brigitte Totschnig, would win the downhill World Cup in 1976 and 1977.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Rosi Mittermaier 25 West Germany FRG Gold 1:46.16
2 Brigitte Totschnig 21 Austria AUT Silver 1:46.68
3 Cindy Nelson 20 United States USA Bronze 1:47.50
4 Nicola Spieß 17 Austria AUT 1:47.71
5 Danièle Debernard 21 France FRA 1:48.48
6 Jacqueline Rouvier 26 France FRA 1:48.58
7 Bernadette Zurbriggen 19 Switzerland SUI 1:48.62
8 Marlies Oberholzer 17 Switzerland SUI 1:48.68
9 Monika Kaserer 23 Austria AUT 1:48.81
10 Irene Epple 18 West Germany FRG 1:48.91
11 Hanni Wenzel 19 Liechtenstein LIE 1:49.17
12 Irmgard Lukasser 22 Austria AUT 1:49.18
13 Evi Mittermaier 22 West Germany FRG 1:49.23
14 Susan Patterson 20 United States USA 1:49.37
15 Paola Hofer 22 Italy ITA 1:49.60
16 Laurie Kreiner 21 Canada CAN 1:49.97
17 Michèle Jacot 24 France FRA 1:49.98
18 Doris de Agostini 17 Switzerland SUI 1:50.46
19 Kathy Kreiner 18 Canada CAN 1:50.48
20 Wanda Bieler 16 Italy ITA 1:50.58
21 Fabienne Serrat 19 France FRA 1:51.34
22 Betsy Clifford 22 Canada CAN 1:51.40
23 Maria Epple 16 West Germany FRG 1:51.41
24 Ursula Konzett 16 Liechtenstein LIE 1:51.53
25 Jolanda Plank 17 Italy ITA 1:52.50
26 Leslie Smith 17 United States USA 1:52.98
27 Torill Fjeldstad 17 Norway NOR 1:52.99
28 Alla Askarova 21 Soviet Union URS 1:53.19
29 Valentina Iliffe 19 Great Britain GBR 1:53.31
30 Riitta Ollikka 19 Finland FIN 1:53.85
31 Sally Rodd 19 Australia AUS 1:54.82
32 Dagmar Kuzmanová 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:54.81
33 Jana Gantnerová-Šoltýsová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:55.02
34 Fiona Easdale 16 Great Britain GBR 1:57.66
35 Hazel Hutcheon 15 Great Britain GBR 1:58.33
36 Joanne Henke 17 Australia AUS 1:59.59
37 Theresa Wallis 18 Great Britain GBR 1:59.77
38 Sue Gibson 20 New Zealand NZL 2:03.49