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Alpine Skiing at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Whiteface Mountain Ski Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 17, 1980
Date Finished: February 17, 1980

Gold: AUT Annemarie Moser-Pröll
Silver: LIE Hanni Wenzel
Bronze: SUI Marie-Theres Nadig

Summary

Annemarie Moser-Pröll had been the best power skier of the early 1970s. In 1971, 1972, and 1975 she was World Cup champion in the downhill, giant slalom, and overall, and added downhill and overall titles in 1973-74, winning the downhill World Championship in 1974. At the 1972 Winter Olympics, as Annemarie Pröll, she was favored in both the downhill and giant slalom but had skied poorly, for her, and won only silver medals in both races. After her 1975 World Cup season, she got married and retired, skipping the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics. But early in 1977 she returned to the circuit and her dominance of the downhill, winning the World Cup again in 1978 and 1979. But in 1980 she was frustrated by an old nemesis, Marie-Theres Nadig, who had won the 1972 downhill gold medal that Pröll had so wanted. In the early World Cup lead-up to Lake Placid, Nadig had won six downhills and Moser-Pröll only one. But on Whiteface, Moser-Pröll was an easy winner, going off as the sixth starter, and posting 1:37.52, which defeated Hanni Wenzel by 0.70 seconds and Nadig, the bronze medalist, by 0.84. Moser-Pröll would retire for good after the 1980 season, ending her career with numerous records for the World Cup that still stand over 25 years later. She won six overall World Cups, seven downhill World Cups, 18 World Cup titles in all, and 62 World Cup races, 36 of those in the downhill, and 16 in giant slalom – all records. Her records would have been even better had she skied in the era of the super-G, an event she would likely have dominated.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Annemarie Moser-Pröll 26 Austria AUT Gold 1:37.52
2 Hanni Wenzel 23 Liechtenstein LIE Silver 1:38.22
3 Marie-Theres Nadig 25 Switzerland SUI Bronze 1:38.36
4 Heidi Preuss 18 United States USA 1:39.51
5 Kathy Kreiner 22 Canada CAN 1:39.53
6 Ingrid Eberle 22 Austria AUT 1:39.63
7T Torill Fjeldstad 21 Norway NOR 1:39.69
7T Cindy Nelson 24 United States USA 1:39.69
9 Marianne Zechmeister 19 West Germany FRG 1:39.96
10 Jana Gantnerová-Šoltýsová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:40.71
11T Laurie Graham 19 Canada CAN 1:40.74
11T Bernadette Zurbriggen 23 Switzerland SUI 1:40.74
13 Loni Klettl 20 Canada CAN 1:40.95
14 Holly Flanders 22 United States USA 1:40.96
15 Cristina Gravina 20 Italy ITA 1:40.99
16 Marie-Luce Waldmeier 19 France FRA 1:41.05
17T Evi Mittermaier 26 West Germany FRG 1:41.26
17T Doris de Agostini 21 Switzerland SUI 1:41.26
19 Irene Epple 22 West Germany FRG 1:41.68
20 Annemarie Bischofberger 20 Switzerland SUI 1:41.93
21 Monika Bader 20 West Germany FRG 1:41.96
22 Cornelia Pröll 19 Austria AUT 1:42.44
23 Petra Wenzel 18 Liechtenstein LIE 1:42.50
24 Moira Cargill 21 Great Britain GBR 1:42.82
25 Valentina Iliffe 23 Great Britain GBR 1:43.28
26 Anna Archibald 20 New Zealand NZL 1:46.68
27 Farida Rahmeh 26 Lebanon LIB 2:42.88
AC Caroline Attia 19 France FRA DNF