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Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's Combined

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Snowbasin Ski Resort, Huntsville, Utah
Date Started: February 14, 2002
Date Finished: February 14, 2002
Format: One downhill run and two slalom runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: CRO Janica Kostelić
Silver: AUT Renate Götschl
Bronze: GER Martina Ertl-Renz

Summary

The women’s combined downhill was delayed a few hours due to high winds and held after the slalom. The 2001 World Cup champion was Croatian Janica Kostelić, who had overcome significant knee problems to get to that level. During a training run in December 1999, she had sustained a multi-ligament knee injury and the resultant surgery kept her out until the 2000 season. After winning the World Cup, she had undergone a series of knee surgeries in the summer of 2001, and was still recovering as she came into Salt Lake City. Better in the slalom than the downhill, the weather delay helped her as she was able to take the lead by placing first in the slalom, ahead of Martina Ertl, the 2001 World Champion. The downhill was won by Austrian Renate Götschl, who had been fourth in the slalom. It moved her up to second place, but Kostelić placed third in the downhill, to hold onto her lead and take the gold medal. It was her first ever Olympic gold medal, but during the 2002 Winter Olympics, she would win three golds and four medals. Her four Alpine gold medals at one Olympics was a record for any alpine skier of either gender.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Janica Kostelić 20 Croatia CRO Gold 2:43.28
2 Renate Götschl 26 Austria AUT Silver 2:44.77
3 Martina Ertl-Renz 28 Germany GER Bronze 2:45.16
4 Marlies Oester 25 Switzerland SUI 2:46.61
5 Michaela Dorfmeister 28 Austria AUT 2:46.85
6 Lindsey Kildow-Vonn 17 United States USA 2:48.05
7 Geneviève Simard 21 Canada CAN 2:48.14
8 Catherine Borghi 25 Switzerland SUI 2:48.79
9 Jenny Owens 23 Australia AUS 2:49.31
10 Sara-Maude Boucher 22 Canada CAN 2:49.37
11 Selina Heregger 24 Austria AUT 2:49.69
12 Alice Jones 25 Australia AUS 2:50.22
13 Julia Mancuso 17 United States USA 2:51.33
14 Chemmy Alcott 19 Great Britain GBR 2:51.34
15 Daniela Ceccarelli 26 Italy ITA 2:51.81
16 Petra Zakouřilová 23 Czech Republic CZE 2:51.83
17 Macarena Simari Birkner 17 Argentina ARG 2:52.90
18 Lucia Recchia 22 Italy ITA 2:53.10
19 Elena Tagliabue 24 Italy ITA 2:53.96
20 María Belén Simari Birkner 19 Argentina ARG 2:55.92
21 Patrizia Bassis 28 Italy ITA 2:58.08
22 Alexandra Munteanu 22 Romania ROU 2:58.53
23 Gabriela Martinovová 20 Czech Republic CZE 2:58.66
24 Rowena Bright 21 Australia AUS 3:10.68
AC Janette Hargin 24 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Petra Haltmayr 26 Germany GER DNF
AC Hilde Gerg 26 Germany GER DNF
AC Dagný Linda Kristjánsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Caroline Lalive 22 United States USA DNF
AC Christine Sponring 18 Austria AUT DNF
AC Lucie Hrstková 20 Czech Republic CZE DNF