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Alpine Skiing at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): , Jahorina
Date Started: February 16, 1984
Date Finished: February 16, 1984

Gold: SUI Michela Figini
Silver: SUI Maria Walliser
Bronze: TCH Olga Charvátová

Summary

After Annemarie Moser-Pröll had retired in 1980, and Marie-Theres Nadig followed her in 1982, no woman had dominated downhill skiing, leaving the 1984 Olympic downhill with no clear favorite. Switzerland’s Maria Walliser was having the best year and would win the 1984 World Cup downhill title. She had a young teammate, Michela Figini, who was only 17, but had already moved up into the seeds for the Olympics.

The event was affected by the weather as the men's downhill had been in 1984, and was delayed five days because of snow and fog. Off fifth, Figini posted a time of 1:13.36, and watched as the other top skiers came down. Walliser was 10th down the mountain but narrowly missed out, falling 0.05 seconds behind Figini. They would win the gold and silver medals, with Czechoslovakia’s Olga Charvátová placing third, the first Alpine skiing medal won by an Eastern European since the slalom bronze medal won by Soviet Yevgeniya Sidorova in 1956.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Michela Figini 17 Switzerland SUI Gold 1:13.36
2 Maria Walliser 20 Switzerland SUI Silver 1:13.41
3 Olga Charvátová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 1:13.53
4 Ariane Ehrat 22 Switzerland SUI 1:13.95
5 Jana Gantnerová-Šoltýsová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:14.14
6T Marina Kiehl 19 West Germany FRG 1:14.30
6T Gerry Sorensen 25 Canada CAN 1:14.30
8 Lea Sölkner 25 Austria AUT 1:14.39
9 Lisi Kirchler 20 Austria AUT 1:14.55
10 Veronika Wallinger-Stallmaier 17 Austria AUT 1:14.76
11 Laurie Graham 23 Canada CAN 1:14.92
12 Brigitte Oertli 21 Switzerland SUI 1:14.93
13 Sylvia Eder 18 Austria AUT 1:14.97
14 Heidi Wiesler 23 West Germany FRG 1:14.98
15 Caroline Attia 23 France FRA 1:15.04
16 Holly Flanders 26 United States USA 1:15.11
17 Regine Mösenlechner 22 West Germany FRG 1:15.16
18 Liisa Savijarvi 20 Canada CAN 1:15.32
19 Maria Maricich 22 United States USA 1:15.55
20 Marie-Luce Waldmeier 23 France FRA 1:15.56
21 Debbie Armstrong 20 United States USA 1:15.57
22 Karen Stemmle 20 Canada CAN 1:15.64
23 Irene Epple 26 West Germany FRG 1:15.65
24 Ivana Valešová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:16.43
25 Jolanda Kindle 18 Liechtenstein LIE 1:16.89
26 Christine Grant 21 New Zealand NZL 1:17.52
27 Michèle Brigitte Dombard 28 Belgium BEL 1:18.92
28 Marilla Guss 20 Australia AUS 1:19.75
29 Kate Rattray 21 New Zealand NZL 1:20.18
30 Teresa Bustamante 21 Argentina ARG 1:21.62
AC Clare Booth 19 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Élisabeth Chaud 23 France FRA DNF