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Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Women's Slalom

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Creekside, Whistler
Date Started: February 26, 2010
Date Finished: February 26, 2010
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Maria Höfl-Riesch
Silver: AUT Marlies Schild
Bronze: CZE Šárka Záhrobská-Strachová

Summary

The women's Alpine skiing events ended with the slalom. The dominate skiers in the 2009-10 season were Maria Riesch who won in Levi, Šárka Záhrobská who won in Aspen, Sandrine Aubert who won in Åre and Zagreb, Marlies Schild who won in Lienz and Flachau, and Kathrin Zettel who won the final World Cup race about one month prior to the Olympics in Maribor. The Slalom World Cup standings after seven of eight races saw Riesch (winner of the 2008-09 Slalom World Cup) in the lead followed by Zettel, Aubert, and Schild (winner of the Slalom World Cup in 2006-07 and 2007-08). Schild had recovered right before this season after missing the 2008-09 season due to a complex fracture of her left lower leg after a fall in a training run on 9 October 2008. Riesch was also the reigning 2009 world champion as she won gold at Val d'Isère, while Záhrobská took silver and Tanja Poutiainen finished third. At the 2007 World Championship in Åre Záhrobská won gold in front of Schild (silver) and Anja Pärson (bronze). Pärson (gold) and Schild (bronze) had also medaled at Torino in the slalom, leaving absent only the 2006 silver medalist Nicole Hosp, who had sustained an ACL tear in her right knee on 24 October 2009 after a fall in the first race (giant slalom) of the season in Sölden.

As with a number of the other alpine skiing events, this too was held in poor weather conditions, fog being the main culprit. However the race went ahead on schedule and, after the first run, super combined gold medalist Riesch had the fastest time of 50.75 seconds, followed by slalom specialists Záhrobská, 0.40 seconds behind, and Schild another 0.25 seconds back. Elisabeth Görgl, with the 22nd fastest time of the first run, took the early lead in the second run with a combined time of 1:44.97, which would eventually be good enough for 7th place, and her time was not bettered until Aubert, 7th fastest in the first run. The medals would eventually be decided among the three leaders after the first run. Schild, first off of the three leaders, set the combined target time of 1:43.32. Záhrobská, skiing with a degree of caution, let slip her first run advantage to finish in 1:43.90, behind Schild. With the pressure on, and having seen her sister Susanne straddle a gate when threatening to set a fast time, Maria Riesch skied a controlled second run to finish in a combined time of 1:42.89 and win her second gold medal of the Games. This made Riesch the most successful Alpine skier at Vancouver, making her the only participant to win two gold medals. She used Head skis to win the race as did Záhrobská to win bronze. Schild used Atomic for her silver medal, while Maria Pietilä-Holmner trusted Rossignol to place fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Maria Höfl-Riesch 25 Germany GER Gold 1:42.89
2 Marlies Schild 28 Austria AUT Silver 1:43.32
3 Šárka Záhrobská-Strachová 25 Czech Republic CZE Bronze 1:43.90
4 Maria Pietilä-Holmner 23 Sweden SWE 1:44.22
5 Sandrine Aubert 27 France FRA 1:44.46
6 Tanja Poutiainen 29 Finland FIN 1:44.93
7 Elisabeth Görgl 28 Austria AUT 1:44.97
8 Nicole Gius 29 Italy ITA 1:45.01
9 Tina Maze 26 Slovenia SLO 1:45.09
10 Veronika Zuzulová 25 Slovakia SVK 1:45.14
11 Manuela Mölgg 26 Italy ITA 1:45.31
12 Ana Jelušić 23 Croatia CRO 1:45.43
13 Kathrin Zettel 23 Austria AUT 1:45.59
14 Christina Geiger 20 Germany GER 1:45.62
15 Frida Hansdotter 24 Sweden SWE 1:45.67
16 Sarah Schleper 30 United States USA 1:45.88
17 Brigitte Acton 24 Canada CAN 1:45.93
18 Denise Karbon 29 Italy ITA 1:45.94
19 Anna Goodman 24 Canada CAN 1:46.04
20 Erin Mielzynski 19 Canada CAN 1:46.09
21 Therese Borssén 25 Sweden SWE 1:46.71
22 Marina Nigg 25 Liechtenstein LIE 1:46.83
23 Maruša Ferk 21 Slovenia SLO 1:47.03
24 Jana Gantnerová 20 Slovakia SVK 1:47.46
25 Nika Fleiss 25 Croatia CRO 1:47.59
26 Anne-Sophie Barthet 21 France FRA 1:47.83
27 Karen Persyn 26 Belgium BEL 1:47.96
28 Yelena Prosteva 19 Russia RUS 1:48.34
29 Nastasia Noens 21 France FRA 1:48.57
30 Hailey Duke 24 United States USA 1:48.69
31 Marie-Michèle Gagnon 20 Canada CAN 1:49.51
32 Nevena Ignjatović 19 Serbia SRB 1:50.48
33 Lyaysan Rayanova 21 Russia RUS 1:50.82
34 Matea Ferk 22 Croatia CRO 1:50.93
35 Agnieszka Gąsienica-Daniel 22 Poland POL 1:52.19
36 Macarena Simari Birkner 25 Argentina ARG 1:52.35
37 Bohdana Matsotska 20 Ukraine UKR 1:53.00
38 Mariya Shkanova 20 Belarus BLR 1:54.50
39 Sofija Novoselić 20 Croatia CRO 1:54.91
40 Žana Novaković 24 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 1:55.95
41 Noelle Barahona 19 Chile CHI 1:57.82
42 Tiiu Nurmberg 28 Estonia EST 1:57.99
43 Chirine Njeim 25 Lebanon LIB 1:58.20
44 Zsófia Döme 17 Hungary HUN 1:58.32
45 Anna Berecz 21 Hungary HUN 1:59.63
46 Kim Seon-Ju 24 South Korea KOR 2:00.03
47 Sophia Ralli 21 Greece GRE 2:00.41
48 Maya Harrisson 17 Brazil BRA 2:01.67
49 Liene Fimbauere 21 Latvia LAT 2:02.11
50 Nino Tsiklauri 16 Georgia GEO 2:02.32
51 Cynthia Denzler 26 Colombia COL 2:02.39
52 Yina Moe-Lange 16 Denmark DEN 2:04.70
53 Sophia Papamichalopoulou 19 Cyprus CYP 2:05.18
54 Jacky Chamoun 18 Lebanon LIB 2:18.03
55 Marjan Kalhor 21 Iran IRI 2:18.60
AC Susanne Riesch 22 Germany GER DNF
AC Fanny Chmelar 24 Germany GER DNF
AC Michaela Kirchgasser 24 Austria AUT DNF
AC Anja Pärson 28 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Chiara Costazza 25 Italy ITA DNF
AC Megan McJames 22 United States USA DNF
AC Mona Løseth 18 Norway NOR DNF
AC Mireia Gutiérrez 21 Andorra AND DNF
AC Anastasiya Skriabina 24 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC María Belén Simari Birkner 27 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Maja Klepić 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH DNF
AC Ornella Oettl 18 Peru PER DNF
AC Yelizaveta Kuzmenko 22 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Jelena Lolović 28 Serbia SRB DNF
AC Xia Lina 22 China CHN DNF
AC Sanni Leinonen 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Claire Dautherives 27 France FRA DNF
AC Andrea Jardi 19 Spain ESP DNF
AC Marija Trmčić 23 Serbia SRB DNF
AC Chemmy Alcott 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Lindsey Kildow-Vonn 25 United States USA DNF
AC Mariya Kirkova 24 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Íris Guðmundsdóttir 19 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Sofie Juárez 18 Andorra AND DNF
AC Ana Drev 24 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Petra Zakouřilová 31 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Tuğba Daşdemir-Kocaaga 24 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Gaia Bassani Antivari 31 Azerbaijan AZE DNF
AC Nicol Gastaldi 19 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Kseniya Grigoryeva 22 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Ani-Matilda Serebrakyan 21 Armenia ARM DQ
AC Kirsty McGarry 24 Ireland IRL DQ