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Alpine Skiing at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games:

Women's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Venue(s): , Jahorina
Date Started: February 13, 1984
Date Finished: February 13, 1984
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: USA Debbie Armstrong
Silver: USA Christin Cooper
Bronze: FRA Perrine Pelen

Summary

The favorite was Switzerland’s Erika Hess, overall World Cup champion in 1982 (and would repeat in 1984), and slalom World Cup winner in 1981, 1982, and 1983. In 1984 she would also win the combined GS/super-G World Cup title, but her first run in Sarajevo did her in. Finishing only 11th, she came back on the second run with the third best time but it only moved her up to seventh overall. The first run was led by American Christin Cooper, who was a top international skier, having won silver medals in slalom and GS at the 1982 World Championships, but she was not the best American, that title going to Tamara McKinney, the 1983 overall World Cup winner. McKinney also struggled on the first run, placing eighth, coming back to win the second run, but falling just short of the medals in fourth place. The runner-up on the first run was another American, this one a much bigger surprise, as Debbie Armstrong had only one podium finish in her first year on the World Cup circuit, a third in a super-G a few weeks before the Olympics. On the second run, the happy-go-lucky Armstrong was determined to enjoy herself and simply have fun in what for her was an unknown situation. She placed fourth on the second run, but when Cooper almost missed the fifth gate, costing her time which eventually placed her seventh on the second run, the gold medal was Armstrong’s.

Cooper and Armstrong later repaid the citizens of Sarajevo who had treated them so well. Cooper co-founded Humanitarian Olympians for Peace, which aided the later to be war-torn Bosnian capital with lifts of tons of winter clothing and sports equipment. Armstrong helped found Global ReLeaf Sarajevo, which helps to re-forest the devastated regions around Sarajevo.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Debbie Armstrong 20 United States USA Gold 2:20.98
2 Christin Cooper 24 United States USA Silver 2:21.38
3 Perrine Pelen 23 France FRA Bronze 2:21.40
4 Tamara McKinney 21 United States USA 2:21.83
5 Marina Kiehl 19 West Germany FRG 2:22.03
6 Blanca Fernández Ochoa 20 Spain ESP 2:22.14
7 Erika Hess 21 Switzerland SUI 2:22.51
8 Olga Charvátová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:22.57
9 Liisa Savijarvi 20 Canada CAN 2:22.73
10 Anne-Flore Rey 22 France FRA 2:22.95
11 Carole Merle 20 France FRA 2:23.27
12 Michela Figini 17 Switzerland SUI 2:23.34
13 Maria Epple 24 West Germany FRG 2:23.65
14 Anni Kronbichler 20 Austria AUT 2:24.17
15 Monika Hess 19 Switzerland SUI 2:24.58
16 Andreja Leskovšek 19 Yugoslavia YUG 2:24.61
17 Diana Haight 19 Canada CAN 2:24.66
18 Cindy Nelson 28 United States USA 2:24.88
19 Petra Wenzel 22 Liechtenstein LIE 2:24.94
20 Veronika Šarec 15 Yugoslavia YUG 2:25.01
21 Irene Epple 26 West Germany FRG 2:25.52
22 Nuša Tome 23 Yugoslavia YUG 2:26.21
23 Mateja Svet 15 Yugoslavia YUG 2:26.22
24 Michaela Gerg-Leitner 18 West Germany FRG 2:26.28
25 Daniela Zini 24 Italy ITA 2:26.33
26 Alexandra Mařasová 18 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:26.37
27 Roswitha Steiner 20 Austria AUT 2:26.56
28 Ivana Valešová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:26.71
29 Nadezhda Andreyeva-Patrikeyeva 25 Soviet Union URS 2:26.85
30 Dorota Tlałka-Mogore 20 Poland POL 2:26.90
31 Ewa Grabowska 21 Poland POL 2:27.55
32 Paola Magoni-Sforza 19 Italy ITA 2:27.87
33 Laurie Graham 23 Canada CAN 2:28.42
34 Sylvia Eder 18 Austria AUT 2:29.03
35 Liliana Ichim 16 Romania ROU 2:32.08
36 Teresa Bustamante 21 Argentina ARG 2:34.19
37 Michèle Brigitte Dombard 28 Belgium BEL 2:34.79
38 Nanna Leifsdóttir 20 Iceland ISL 2:34.84
39 Magdalena Birkner 18 Argentina ARG 2:39.70
40 Gabriela Angaut 20 Argentina ARG 2:43.16
41 Geraldina Bobbio 16 Argentina ARG 2:47.51
42 Jin Xuefei 19 China CHN 2:50.35
43 Lina Aristodimou 18 Cyprus CYP 3:03.45
AC Kate Rattray 21 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Jana Gantnerová-Šoltýsová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Fulvia Stevenin 18 Italy ITA DNF
AC Dolores Fernández Ochoa 17 Spain ESP DNF
AC Fabienne Serrat 27 France FRA DNF
AC Ursula Konzett 24 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Lisi Kirchler 20 Austria AUT DNF
AC Maria Walliser 20 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Andrea Bédard 21 Canada CAN DQ
AC Jolanda Kindle 18 Liechtenstein LIE DQ
AC Wang Guizhen 23 China CHN DQ