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Snowboarding at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Women's Parallel Giant Slalom

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Park City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah
Date Started: February 14, 2002
Date Finished: February 15, 2002

Gold: FRA Isabelle Blanc
Silver: FRA Karine Ruby
Bronze: ITA Lidia Trettel

Summary

This was the Olympic début for parallel giant slalom, as in 1998, a giant slalom run as a two-run time trial had been conducted. In this event, 30 boarders started with 16 advancing to the single-elimination match racing rounds. The finals matched the two favored French teammates, the 1998 giant slalom gold medalist, Karine Ruby, and Isabelle Blanc, who was on track to win the silver medal in Nagano, when she missed the final gate in the second run. Ruby was a five-time World Champion, while Blanc had been parallel World Champion in 1999 and World Cup champion in 2000. In the final, Blanc dominated the first run, winning by 1.89 seconds. On the second run, Ruby came back to win by 0.15 seconds but could not make up the margin, and Blanc had the gold medal. Ruby would compete again at the 2006 Winter Olympics, switching to boardercross. She then began training to become a mountain guide and was killed in late May 2009 when she fell into a crevasse on Mont Blanc. The biggest surprise of the competition was Poland’s Jagna Marczułajtis, who had never placed better than 12th in a World Cup race. Matched against Austrian Maria Kirchgasser in the first round, she advanced to the semi-finals when Kirchgasser fell on the second run. After losing to Blanc in the semis, Marczułajtis lost the bronze-medal match against Italy’s Lidia Trettel.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Isabelle Blanc 26 France FRA Gold
2 Karine Ruby 24 France FRA Silver
3 Lidia Trettel 28 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Jagna Marczułajtis 23 Poland POL
5 Maria Kirchgasser 31 Austria AUT
6 Julie Pomagalski 21 France FRA
7 Isabella Dal Balcon 24 Italy ITA
8 Lisa Kosglow 28 United States USA
9 Dagi Mair unter der Eggen 27 Italy ITA
10 Åsa Windahl 29 Sweden SWE
11 Katharina Himmler 26 Germany GER
12 Marion Posch 29 Italy ITA
13 Steffi von Siebenthal 24 Switzerland SUI
14 Jana Šedová 28 Slovakia SVK
15 Mariya Tikhvinskaya 31 Russia RUS
16 Ran Iida 22 Japan JPN
17 Sondra Van Ert 37 United States USA
18 Sara Fischer 22 Sweden SWE
19 Nadia Livers 22 Switzerland SUI
20 Daniela Meuli 20 Switzerland SUI
21 Heidi Renoth 23 Germany GER
22 Tomoka Takeuchi 18 Japan JPN
23 Manuela Riegler 27 Austria AUT
24 Nicolien Sauerbreij 22 Netherlands NED
25 Florine Valdenaire 20 France FRA
26 Rosey Fletcher 26 United States USA
27 Lisa Odynski 27 United States USA
28 Claudia Riegler 28 Austria AUT
AC Doris Günther 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Milena Meisser 22 Switzerland SUI DNF