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Alpine Skiing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): , Nakiska
Date Started: February 19, 1988
Date Finished: February 19, 1988

Gold: FRG Marina Kiehl
Silver: SUI Brigitte Oertli
Bronze: CAN Karen Percy

Summary

The two favorites were Maria Walliser (SUI), 1986 downhill World Cup champion, and overall champion in 1986-87, and her teammate, the defending champion, Michela Figini, who had won the 1987 downhill World Cup and was leading in the 1987-88 season. The event was delayed one day because of weather problems. Walliser went off fourth and took the lead with a run of 1:26.89. This was soon passed by Canada’s Karen Percy, who would eventually win the bronze medal. The eighth starter was German Marina Kiehl, who was a super-G specialist who had six World Cup race wins in that discipline, but none in the downhill. She went for broke, almost crashing twice on her wild run, but pulled into a lead she would not relinquish, earning in a surprising gold medal. Figini was off after Kiehl but skied poorly and placed only ninth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Marina Kiehl 23 West Germany FRG Gold 1:25.86
2 Brigitte Oertli 25 Switzerland SUI Silver 1:26.61
3 Karen Percy 21 Canada CAN Bronze 1:26.62
4 Maria Walliser 24 Switzerland SUI 1:26.89
5 Laurie Graham 27 Canada CAN 1:26.99
6 Petra Kronberger 18 Austria AUT 1:27.03
7 Regine Mösenlechner 26 West Germany FRG 1:27.16
8 Lisi Kirchler 24 Austria AUT 1:27.19
9 Michela Figini 21 Switzerland SUI 1:27.26
10 Lucia Medzihradská 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:27.28
11 Chantal Bournissen 20 Switzerland SUI 1:27.46
12 Carole Merle 24 France FRA 1:27.53
13 Michaela Gerg-Leitner 22 West Germany FRG 1:27.83
14 Emi Kawabata 18 Japan JPN 1:27.85
15 Kerrin Lee-Gartner 21 Canada CAN 1:28.07
16 Golnur Postnikova 23 Soviet Union URS 1:28.23
17 Claudine Emonet 26 France FRA 1:28.36
18 Edie Thys 21 United States USA 1:28.53
19 Michaela Marzola 21 Italy ITA 1:28.69
20 Kristin Krone 19 United States USA 1:29.13
21 Christina Meier-Höck 21 West Germany FRG 1:29.30
22 Wendy Lumby 21 Great Britain GBR 1:29.76
23 Sachiko Yamamoto 17 Japan JPN 1:30.15
24 Ľudmila Milanová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:30.42
25 Clare Booth 23 Great Britain GBR 1:32.50
26 Jolanda Kindle 22 Liechtenstein LIE 1:32.88
27 Carolina Eiras 18 Argentina ARG 1:37.37
28 Astrid Steverlynck 19 Argentina ARG 1:41.64
AC Mariela Vallecillo 17 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Mihaela Fera 17 Romania ROU DNF
AC Jacqueline Vogt 18 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Hilary Lindh 18 United States USA DNF
AC Anita Wachter 21 Austria AUT DNF
AC Kellie Casey 22 Canada CAN DNF
AC Sigrid Wolf 23 Austria AUT DNF