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Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's Downhill

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Snowbasin Ski Resort, Huntsville, Utah
Date Started: February 12, 2002
Date Finished: February 12, 2002

Gold: FRA Carole Montillet-Carles
Silver: ITA Isolde Kostner
Bronze: AUT Renate Götschl

Summary

The women’s downhill was postponed by one day because of strong winds. Italy’s Isolde Kostner was the favorite, as she had won the 2001 World Cup and was leading the 2001-02 event. Second and third in the World Cup coming into Salt Lake were Renate Götschl (AUT) and German Hilde Gerg. They were the three last skiers to go off among the seeds. Just before them, France’s Carole Montillet moved into the lead with 1:39.56, and none of the favorites could better that time, giving Montillet a shocking gold medal. She had never previously won a World Cup downhill, and she was still in mourning over the death of Régine Cavagnoud, her close friend and teammate, who died in October 2001 in a training accident. Behind her, Kostner, Götschl, and Gerg finished in that order, the same as their World Cup standings.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Carole Montillet-Carles 28 France FRA Gold 1:39.56
2 Isolde Kostner 26 Italy ITA Silver 1:40.01
3 Renate Götschl 26 Austria AUT Bronze 1:40.39
4 Hilde Gerg 26 Germany GER 1:40.49
5 Corinne Rey-Bellet 29 Switzerland SUI 1:40.54
6 Selina Heregger 24 Austria AUT 1:40.56
7 Sylviane Berthod 24 Switzerland SUI 1:40.67
8 Mélanie Turgeon 25 Canada CAN 1:40.71
9 Michaela Dorfmeister 28 Austria AUT 1:40.83
10 Regina Häusl 28 Germany GER 1:40.84
11 Jonna Mendes 22 United States USA 1:40.97
12 Kirsten Clark 24 United States USA 1:41.03
13 Ingeborg Helen Marken 27 Norway NOR 1:41.08
14 Pernilla Wiberg 31 Sweden SWE 1:41.09
15 Mélanie Suchet 25 France FRA 1:41.15
16 Picabo Street 30 United States USA 1:41.17
17 Patrizia Bassis 28 Italy ITA 1:41.56
18 Brigitte Obermoser 25 Austria AUT 1:41.64
19 Catherine Borghi 25 Switzerland SUI 1:41.88
20 Daniela Ceccarelli 26 Italy ITA 1:42.03
21 Varvara Zelenskaya 29 Russia RUS 1:42.43
22 Špela Bračun 24 Slovenia SLO 1:42.48
23 Ingrid Jacquemod 23 France FRA 1:42.70
24 Lucia Recchia 22 Italy ITA 1:42.80
25 Janette Hargin 24 Sweden SWE 1:42.83
26 Sibylle Brauner 26 Germany GER 1:42.97
27 Alice Jones 25 Australia AUS 1:43.07
28 Mojca Suhadolc 27 Slovenia SLO 1:43.10
29 Jenny Owens 23 Australia AUS 1:44.15
30 Gabriela Martinovová 20 Czech Republic CZE 1:44.25
31 Dagný Linda Kristjánsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL 1:44.72
32 Chemmy Alcott 19 Great Britain GBR 1:45.98
33 Alexandra Munteanu 22 Romania ROU 1:46.29
34 Macarena Simari Birkner 17 Argentina ARG 1:46.77
35 María Belén Simari Birkner 19 Argentina ARG 1:46.97
AC Caroline Lalive 22 United States USA DNF
AC Petra Haltmayr 26 Germany GER DNF
AC Anne-Marie LeFrançois 25 Canada CAN DNF