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Alpine Skiing at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Kvitfjell Alpine Centre, Ringebu
Date Started: February 19, 1994
Date Finished: February 19, 1994

Gold: GER Katja Seizinger
Silver: USA Picabo Street
Bronze: ITA Isolde Kostner

Summary

The women’s downhill was originally scheduled for Hafjell, where the technical events were contested. But the women skiers protested that the course was too flat and easy, and the Lillehammer organizers responded and moved the women’s downhill to Kvitfjell, where the other speed events were being raced. The ski world was still in mourning as only a few weeks before the Lillehammer Olympics top Austrian contender and super-G World Champion in 1989 and 1991, Ulrike Maier, crashed during a downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, breaking her neck and dying within minutes.

Katja Seizinger was the heaviest favorite in any Alpine event in Lillehammer, having led the World Cup since 1992, winning seven World Cup downhill races during that time. Seizinger confirmed her favorite’s status, going off third, and posting a time that won the gold medal easily. The silver medal went to American Picabo Street, who was still a bit of an unknown quantity, but who would win the 1995 and 1996 World Cup downhills, and an Olympic gold medal in the 1998 super-G.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Katja Seizinger 21 Germany GER Gold 1:35.93
2 Picabo Street 22 United States USA Silver 1:36.59
3 Isolde Kostner 18 Italy ITA Bronze 1:36.85
4 Martina Ertl-Renz 20 Germany GER 1:37.10
5 Kate Pace-Lindsay 24 Canada CAN 1:37.17
6 Mélanie Suchet 17 France FRA 1:37.34
7 Hilary Lindh 24 United States USA 1:37.44
8 Varvara Zelenskaya 21 Russia RUS 1:37.48
9 Pernilla Wiberg 23 Sweden SWE 1:37.61
10 Katja Koren 18 Slovenia SLO 1:37.69
11 Jeanette Lunde 21 Norway NOR 1:37.80
12 Miriam Vogt 26 Germany GER 1:37.86
13 Florence Masnada 25 France FRA 1:37.92
14T Veronika Wallinger-Stallmaier 27 Austria AUT 1:37.94
14T Morena Gallizio 20 Italy ITA 1:37.94
16 Alenka Dovžan 18 Slovenia SLO 1:38.07
17 Svetlana Gladysheva 22 Russia RUS 1:38.10
18 Katrin Gutensohn 27 Germany GER 1:38.14
19 Kerrin Lee-Gartner 27 Canada CAN 1:38.22
20 Megan Gerety 22 United States USA 1:38.24
21 Emi Kawabata 23 Japan JPN 1:38.29
22 Heidi Zurbriggen 26 Switzerland SUI 1:38.46
23 Špela Pretnar 20 Slovenia SLO 1:38.50
24 Olga Vedyacheva 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:38.58
25 Barbara Merlin 22 Italy ITA 1:38.65
26 Régine Cavagnoud 23 France FRA 1:38.69
27 Krista Schmidinger 23 United States USA 1:38.76
28 Heidi Zeller-Bähler 26 Switzerland SUI 1:38.78
29 Nathalie Bouvier 24 France FRA 1:38.85
30 Michelle McKendry-Ruthven 26 Canada CAN 1:38.88
31 Anja Haas 22 Austria AUT 1:38.98
32 Lucia Medzihradská 25 Slovakia SVK 1:39.22
33 Vreni Schneider 29 Switzerland SUI 1:39.35
34 Erika Hansson 20 Sweden SWE 1:39.40
35 Nataliya Buga 22 Russia RUS 1:40.93
36 Mihaela Fera 23 Romania ROU 1:41.07
37 Olha Lohinova 28 Ukraine UKR 1:43.07
38 Mira Golub 18 Russia RUS 1:43.21
39 Szvetlana Keszthelyi 22 Hungary HUN 1:43.33
40 Maria Zaruc 16 Romania ROU 1:45.73
41 Francisca Steverlynck 19 Argentina ARG 1:46.76
42 Khrystyna Podrushna 16 Ukraine UKR 1:46.96
43 Gabriela Quijano 18 Argentina ARG 1:49.26
44 Jennifer Taylor 18 Argentina ARG 1:49.53
AC Bibiana Perez 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Renate Götschl 18 Austria AUT DNF
AC Ingrid Stöckl 24 Austria AUT DNF
AC Véronique Dugailly 26 Belgium BEL DNF