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Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Albertville, France
Venue(s): , Méribel
Date Started: February 15, 1992
Date Finished: February 15, 1992

Gold: CAN Kerrin Lee-Gartner
Silver: USA Hilary Lindh
Bronze: AUT Veronika Wallinger-Stallmaier

Summary

No clear favorite existed for the 1992 women’s downhill, although Germany’s Katja Seizinger and Austria’s Petra Kronberger were highly considered. The Méribel Roc de Fer course was one of the longest in Winter Olympic history and was thought to be the most difficult women’s course ever. However, 30 skiiers started and only one did not finish – that being Chantal Bournissen, who had been the 1991 World Cup champion. Seizinger and Kronberger went off 10-11, and moved into first and second, respectively. The 12th skier was inheralded Canadian Kerrin Lee-Gartner, who had only one podium finish in 10 years on the World Cup circuit. But Lee-Gartner finished 0.12 ahead of Seizinger to take the lead. Thru the seeded skiers she maintained the lead, but Hilary Lindh (USA), off in 16th spot, almost caught her, finishing only 0.06 down. Eventually Lee-Gartner and Lindh would post a shocking 1-2 finish, with Austrian Veronika Wallinger third.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Kerrin Lee-Gartner 25 Canada CAN Gold 1:52.55
2 Hilary Lindh 22 United States USA Silver 1:52.61
3 Veronika Wallinger-Stallmaier 25 Austria AUT Bronze 1:52.64
4 Katja Seizinger 19 Germany GER 1:52.67
5 Petra Kronberger 22 Austria AUT 1:52.73
6 Katrin Gutensohn 25 Germany GER 1:53.71
7 Barbara Sadleder 24 Austria AUT 1:53.81
8 Svetlana Gladysheva 20 Unified Team EUN 1:53.85
9 Miriam Vogt 24 Germany GER 1:53.89
10 Heidi Zurbriggen 24 Switzerland SUI 1:54.04
11 Emi Kawabata 21 Japan JPN 1:54.52
12 Krista Schmidinger 21 United States USA 1:54.59
13T Heidi Zeller-Bähler 24 Switzerland SUI 1:54.73
13T Carole Merle 28 France FRA 1:54.73
15 Astrid Lødemel 20 Norway NOR 1:54.76
16 Lucia Medzihradská 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:54.78
17 Régine Cavagnoud 21 France FRA 1:54.94
18 Michaela Gerg-Leitner 26 Germany GER 1:54.99
19 Tetiana Lebedeva 18 Unified Team EUN 1:55.15
20 Michelle McKendry-Ruthven 24 Canada CAN 1:55.61
21 Marlis Spescha 24 Switzerland SUI 1:55.83
22 Cathy Chedal 23 France FRA 1:55.91
23 Marie-Pierre Gatel 23 France FRA 1:56.25
24 Ľudmila Milanová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 1:57.85
25 Edie Thys 25 United States USA 1:58.13
26 Sachiko Yamamoto 21 Japan JPN 1:58.52
27 Svetlana Novikova 17 Unified Team EUN 1:59.18
28 Mihaela Fera 21 Romania ROU 2:01.27
29 Carolina Eiras 22 Argentina ARG 2:02.81
AC Chantal Bournissen 24 Switzerland SUI DNF