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Women's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Lake Placid, United States
Venue(s): Whiteface Mountain Ski Area, Lake Placid
Date Started: February 20, 1980
Date Finished: February 21, 1980
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: LIE Hanni Wenzel
Silver: FRG Irene Epple
Bronze: FRA Perrine Pelen

Summary

The men’s Olympic giant slalom had been contested over two runs since 1968, but the women had only a single run until 1980, when they converted to the two-run format. The World Cup leader all year had been Liechtenstein’s Hanni Wenzel, and she confirmed her form when she led the first run over Germany’s Irene Epple, who was a solid World Cup skier, but was best known at the time as Sebastian Coe’s girlfriend. The second run was won by France’s Perrine Pelen, which moved her up to the bronze medal position, after she had been sixth on the first run. Wenzel was third and Epple fourth in the second effort, and they held their overall positions, Wenzel winning Liechtenstein’s first Olympic gold medal. The eighth-place finisher was Maria Epple, Irene’s sister, and the 1978 World Champion in this event. Wenzel was a top World Cup skier for several years, but 1980 was her best one, winning the overall, giant slalom, and combined World Cup titles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Hanni Wenzel 23 Liechtenstein LIE Gold 2:41.66
2 Irene Epple 22 West Germany FRG Silver 2:42.12
3 Perrine Pelen 19 France FRA Bronze 2:42.41
4 Fabienne Serrat 23 France FRA 2:42.42
5 Christa Kinshofer-Güthlein 19 West Germany FRG 2:42.63
6 Annemarie Moser-Pröll 26 Austria AUT 2:43.19
7 Christin Cooper 20 United States USA 2:44.71
8 Maria Epple 20 West Germany FRG 2:45.56
9 Kathy Kreiner 22 Canada CAN 2:45.75
10 Claudia Giordani 24 Italy ITA 2:46.27
11 Anna-Karin Hesse 18 Sweden SWE 2:47.02
12 Nadezhda Andreyeva-Patrikeyeva 21 Soviet Union URS 2:47.09
13 Cindy Nelson 24 United States USA 2:47.32
14 Ingrid Eberle 22 Austria AUT 2:47.42
15 Ann Melander 18 Sweden SWE 2:47.63
16 Brigitte Nansoz 17 Switzerland SUI 2:48.20
17 Heidi Preuss 18 United States USA 2:48.37
18 Blanca Fernández Ochoa 16 Spain ESP 2:48.99
19 Petra Wenzel 18 Liechtenstein LIE 2:49.03
20 Metka Jerman 17 Yugoslavia YUG 2:49.21
21 Jana Gantnerová-Šoltýsová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:49.65
22 Torill Fjeldstad 21 Norway NOR 2:49.66
23 Nuša Tome 19 Yugoslavia YUG 2:49.72
24 Åsa Svedmark 18 Sweden SWE 2:50.37
25 Anne-Flore Rey 18 France FRA 2:51.41
26 Anja Zavadlav 19 Yugoslavia YUG 2:52.06
27 Anne Robb 20 Great Britain GBR 2:56.08
28 Jenny Altermatt 19 Australia AUS 2:58.57
29 Steinunn Sæmundsdóttir 19 Iceland ISL 2:59.41
30 Fiona Johnson 19 New Zealand NZL 3:00.66
31 Valentina Iliffe 23 Great Britain GBR 3:02.76
32 Anna Archibald 20 New Zealand NZL 3:06.14
33 Lina Aristodimou 14 Cyprus CYP 3:36.85
34 Farida Rahmeh 26 Lebanon LIB 3:39.49
35 Wang Guizhen 19 China CHN 3:44.59
AC Erika Hess 17 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Regine Mösenlechner 18 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Marina Laurencon 19 France FRA DNF
AC Maria Rosa Quario 18 Italy ITA DNF
AC Ana María Rodríguez 17 Spain ESP DNF
AC Wanda Bieler 20 Italy ITA DNF
AC Tamara McKinney 17 United States USA DNF
AC Regina Sackl 20 Austria AUT DNF
AC Daniela Zini 20 Italy ITA DNF
AC Ursula Konzett 20 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Marie-Theres Nadig 25 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Lea Sölkner 21 Austria AUT DNF
AC Jacqui Cowderoy 18 Australia AUS DQ