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Alpine Skiing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games:

Women's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Calgary, Canada
Venue(s): , Nakiska
Date Started: February 24, 1988
Date Finished: February 24, 1988
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: SUI Vreni Schneider
Silver: FRG Christa Kinshofer-Güthlein
Bronze: SUI Maria Walliser


The heavy favorite was Swiss skier [Vreni Schneider], the 1987 World Champion, and the World Cup GS champion in 1986 and 1987. On the first run, Schneider placed only fifth, with the lead taken by Spain’s [Blanca Fernández Ochoa], sister of the 1972 men’s slalom gold medalist, [Francisco Fernández Ochoa]. But Fernández Ochoa fell early in the second round and would not finish. Schneider posted the fastest time of the second run and came from behind to win the expected gold medal. Schneider is the greatest technical skier in women’s Alpine history. In the 1988-89 season, she would win 14 races, thru 2008, the most ever in a single season by any skier, male or female. In her career she won 55 World Cup races, 20 in the GS and 34 in the slalom (one in the combined), and 14 World Cup titles – three overall, five in giant slalom, and six in the slalom, the latter two marks records for those disciplines. Schneider would repeat as World Champion in the GS in 1989, and win another World title in the slalom in 1991. In her Olympic career she would win five medals, adding a gold, silver, and bronze at the 1994 Winter Olympics, to her two golds from Calgary.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Vreni Schneider 23 Switzerland SUI Gold 2:06.49
2 Christa Kinshofer-Güthlein 27 West Germany FRG Silver 2:07.42
3 Maria Walliser 24 Switzerland SUI Bronze 2:07.72
4 Mateja Svet 19 Yugoslavia YUG 2:07.80
5 Christina Meier-Höck 21 West Germany FRG 2:07.88
6 Ulrike Maier 20 Austria AUT 2:08.10
7 Anita Wachter 21 Austria AUT 2:08.38
8 Catherine Quittet 24 France FRA 2:08.84
9 Carole Merle 24 France FRA 2:09.36
10 Christelle Guignard 25 France FRA 2:09.46
11 Josée Lacasse 22 Canada CAN 2:09.78
12 Diann Roffe-Steinrotter 20 United States USA 2:10.69
13 Debbie Armstrong 24 United States USA 2:10.72
14 Petra Kronberger 18 Austria AUT 2:12.31
15 Katra Zajc 21 Yugoslavia YUG 2:12.48
16 Katarzyna Szafrańska 22 Poland POL 2:12.83
17 Kerrin Lee-Gartner 21 Canada CAN 2:13.32
18 Mojca Dežman 20 Yugoslavia YUG 2:14.36
19 Małgorzata Tlałka-Mogore 24 France FRA 2:14.39
20 Lucia Medzihradská 19 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:14.43
21 Jacqueline Vogt 18 Liechtenstein LIE 2:14.64
22 Kristina Andersson 22 Sweden SWE 2:15.09
23 Lenka Kebrlová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 2:15.17
24 Carolina Birkner 16 Argentina ARG 2:20.76
25 Carolina Eiras 18 Argentina ARG 2:22.08
26 Sandra Grau 17 Andorra AND 2:29.23
27 Karolina Fotiadou 17 Cyprus CYP 2:44.58
28 Seba Johnson 14 United States Virgin Islands ISV 2:49.21
29 Fiamma Smith 25 Guatemala GUA 3:00.17
AC Blanca Fernández Ochoa 24 Spain ESP DNF
AC Corinne Schmidhauser 23 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Michaela Gerg-Leitner 22 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Camilla Nilsson 20 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Paola Magoni-Sforza 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Emi Kawabata 18 Japan JPN DNF
AC Heidi Voelker 18 United States USA DNF
AC Marina Kiehl 23 West Germany FRG DNF
AC Michela Figini 21 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Veronika Å arec 19 Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC Catharina Glassér-Bjerner 23 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Kate Rattray 25 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Claudina Rossel 18 Andorra AND DNF
AC Ingrid Grant 23 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Thomai Lefousi 16 Greece GRE DNF
AC Astrid Steverlynck 19 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Sigrid Wolf 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Tamara McKinney 25 United States USA DNF
AC Jolanda Kindle 22 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Monika Äijä 24 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Karen Percy 21 Canada CAN DNF
AC Ľudmila Milanová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Michelle McKendry-Ruthven 20 Canada CAN DNF
AC Sachiko Yamamoto 17 Japan JPN DNF
AC Ainhoa Ibarra 19 Spain ESP DNF
AC Eva Moga 19 Spain ESP DNF
AC Nina Ehrnrooth 25 Finland FIN DNF
AC Lesley Beck 23 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Sarah Lewis 23 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Mihaela Fera 17 Romania ROU DNF
AC Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir 20 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Magdalena Birkner 22 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Nadia Bonfini 23 Italy ITA DQ
AC Wendy Lumby 21 Great Britain GBR DQ
AC Mary Pat Wilson 24 Puerto Rico PUR DQ