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Alpine Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's Super G

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Happo'one, Hakuba
Date Started: February 11, 1998
Date Finished: February 11, 1998

Gold: USA Picabo Street
Silver: AUT Michaela Dorfmeister
Bronze: AUT Alexandra Meissnitzer

Summary

Heavy snow forced this event to be postponed one day. Germany’s Katja Seizinger was a heavy favorite, having won the World Cup super-G for four straight years (1993-96), and leading the race in 1997-98. The second starter was American Picabo Street. A true power skier, Street had won the 1995 and 1996 World Cup in downhill, and was silver medalist in the 1994 Olympic downhill. But on 4 December 1996, she crashed badly in Vail, breaking her left femur and tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the same knee. She took a full year to recover, not returning to the World Cup circuit until December 1997, only two months before the Nagano Olympics. Street’s super-G run in Nagano was finished in 1:18.02, which moved her into an early lead. Other top skiers came down but none could match Street’s time. Seizinger was off 11th but her German trainers had misjudged the snow and waxing, and she would finish only sixth. Two Austrians finished 2-3, Michaela Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer, with Dorfmeister, off unseeded in 18th position, missing Street’s time by only 0.01 seconds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Picabo Street 26 United States USA Gold 1:18.02
2 Michaela Dorfmeister 24 Austria AUT Silver 1:18.03
3 Alexandra Meissnitzer 24 Austria AUT Bronze 1:18.09
4 Regina Häusl 24 Germany GER 1:18.27
5 Renate Götschl 22 Austria AUT 1:18.32
6 Katja Seizinger 25 Germany GER 1:18.44
7 Martina Ertl-Renz 24 Germany GER 1:18.46
8 Mélanie Suchet 21 France FRA 1:18.51
9 Steffi Schuster 28 Austria AUT 1:18.53
10 Hilde Gerg 22 Germany GER 1:18.59
11 Isolde Kostner 22 Italy ITA 1:18.62
12 Varvara Zelenskaya 25 Russia RUS 1:18.72
13 Svetlana Gladysheva 26 Russia RUS 1:18.82
14T Carole Montillet-Carles 24 France FRA 1:18.88
14T Pernilla Wiberg 27 Sweden SWE 1:18.88
16 Régine Cavagnoud 27 France FRA 1:18.91
17 Kristine Kristiansen 22 Norway NOR 1:19.02
18 Florence Masnada 29 France FRA 1:19.03
19 Ingeborg Helen Marken 23 Norway NOR 1:19.16
20 Mélanie Turgeon 21 Canada CAN 1:19.20
21 Heidi Zurbriggen 30 Switzerland SUI 1:19.22
22 Bibiana Perez 27 Italy ITA 1:19.47
23 Barbara Merlin 26 Italy ITA 1:19.64
24 Mojca Suhadolc 23 Slovenia SLO 1:19.66
25 Trude Gimle 23 Norway NOR 1:19.71
26 Janica Kostelić 16 Croatia CRO 1:19.77
27 Kate Pace-Lindsay 28 Canada CAN 1:19.89
28 Karen Putzer 19 Italy ITA 1:20.16
29 Katie Monahan 25 United States USA 1:20.25
30 Špela Bračun 20 Slovenia SLO 1:20.29
31 Corinne Rey-Bellet 25 Switzerland SUI 1:20.31
32 Jonna Mendes 18 United States USA 1:20.35
33 Anna Larionova 22 Russia RUS 1:20.61
34 Catherine Borghi 21 Switzerland SUI 1:20.69
35 Lucie Hrstková 16 Czech Republic CZE 1:21.74
36 Kumiko Kashiwagi 19 Japan JPN 1:21.89
37 Olesya Aliyeva 20 Russia RUS 1:22.00
38 Tamara Schädler 20 Liechtenstein LIE 1:22.90
39 Arijana Boras 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 1:24.48
40 Mónika Kovács 21 Hungary HUN 1:24.77
41 Carola Calello 20 Argentina ARG 1:25.08
AC Kirsten Clark 20 United States USA DNF
AC Yuliya Krygina 19 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF