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Alpine Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Mt. Higashidate, Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi
Date Started: February 20, 1998
Date Finished: February 20, 1998
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: ITA Deborah Compagnoni
Silver: AUT Alexandra Meissnitzer
Bronze: GER Katja Seizinger

Summary

Italy’s Deborah Compagnoni was the defending champion, had won the 1996 and 1997 World Championships, and was leading the 1998 World Cup race coming into Nagano, although only narrowly over German Martina Ertl. This was the final Alpine event in Nagano, and it was conducted in poor conditions, with rain and light snow worsening the course as the competition progressed, favoring the early skiiers. But conditions did not affect Compagnoni, who won both runs of the giant slalom, as she had done in 1994, to defend her title in this event. After her 1992 super-G gold medal, this made Compagnoni the first Alpine skier to win gold medals at three Winter Olympic Games. Ertl would eventually finish fourth, trailing the silver medalist, Austrian Alexandra Meissnitzer, and the bronze medalist, Germany’s redoubtable Katja Seizinger. Meissnitzer had also won bronze in the super-G, while for Seizinger, this was her fifth Olympic medal – three gold and two bronze. Seizinger retired after the 1998 season, having won 36 World Cup races, and 11 season World Cup titles, two overall, four in super-G, and five in GS. Compagnoni’s career, by comparison, was much different. She won only one World Cup title, and 17 races, but she came thru in the big events, winning three gold medals at the Winter Olympics and three at the World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Deborah Compagnoni 27 Italy ITA Gold 2:50.59
2 Alexandra Meissnitzer 24 Austria AUT Silver 2:52.39
3 Katja Seizinger 25 Germany GER Bronze 2:52.61
4 Martina Ertl-Renz 24 Germany GER 2:52.72
5 Sophie Lefranc-Duvillard 27 France FRA 2:53.27
6 Heidi Zurbriggen 30 Switzerland SUI 2:53.61
7 Anna Ottosson 21 Sweden SWE 2:53.81
8 Sabina Panzanini 25 Italy ITA 2:54.09
9 Birgit Heeb-Batliner 25 Liechtenstein LIE 2:54.70
10 Andrine Flemmen 23 Norway NOR 2:54.94
11 Pernilla Wiberg 27 Sweden SWE 2:55.40
12 María José Rienda 22 Spain ESP 2:55.54
13 Hilde Gerg 22 Germany GER 2:55.89
14 Martina Fortkord 24 Sweden SWE 2:56.35
15 Steffi Schuster 28 Austria AUT 2:56.41
16 Karin Roten 22 Switzerland SUI 2:56.96
17 Alenka Dovžan 21 Slovenia SLO 2:57.35
18 Urška Hrovat 23 Slovenia SLO 2:57.44
19 Catherine Borghi 21 Switzerland SUI 2:58.42
20T Nataša Bokal 30 Slovenia SLO 2:58.46
20T Christiane Mitterwallner 23 Austria AUT 2:58.46
22 Kristine Kristiansen 22 Norway NOR 2:58.71
23 Karen Putzer 19 Italy ITA 2:59.04
24 Janica Kostelić 16 Croatia CRO 2:59.39
25 Kazuko Ikeda 23 Japan JPN 3:00.71
26 Tanja Poutiainen 17 Finland FIN 3:01.66
27 Kumiko Kashiwagi 19 Japan JPN 3:01.91
28 Julie Parisien 26 United States USA 3:02.78
29 Junko Yamakawa 22 Japan JPN 3:03.95
30 Regina Häusl 24 Germany GER 3:04.57
31 Ilze Ābola 19 Latvia LAT 3:14.50
32 Mónika Kovács 21 Hungary HUN 3:15.56
33 Jana Nikolovska 18 Macedonia MKD 3:29.97
34 Sofia Mystrioti 22 Greece GRE 3:32.20
AC Sarah Schleper 18 United States USA DNF
AC Alex Shaffer 22 United States USA DNF
AC Sonja Nef 25 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Leïla Piccard 27 France FRA DNF
AC Ana Galindo 24 Spain ESP DNF
AC Ylva Nowén 28 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Špela Pretnar 24 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Ainhoa Ibarra 29 Spain ESP DNF
AC Caroline Lalive 18 United States USA DNF
AC Lucie Hrstková 16 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Tamara Schädler 20 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Ingeborg Helen Marken 23 Norway NOR DNF
AC Noriyo Hiroi 21 Japan JPN DNF
AC Diana Fehr 23 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Sophie Ormond 18 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Carola Calello 20 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Vicky Grau 22 Andorra AND DNF
AC Theódóra Mathiesen 22 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Henna Raita 23 Finland FIN DNF
AC Brynja Þorsteinsdóttir 20 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Arijana Boras 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH DNF
AC Katrine Hvidsteen 20 Denmark DEN DNF