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Snowboarding at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Women's Giant Slalom

Snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Games:


Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Mt. Yakebitai, Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi
Date Started: February 9, 1998
Date Finished: February 9, 1998
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: FRA Karine Ruby
Silver: GER Heidi Renoth
Bronze: AUT Brigitte Köck


The women’s giant slalom was postponed one day because of a snowstorm that interrupted the competition. The heavy favorite was France’s [Karine Ruby], who had won all but one World Cup event in 1997-98, and had won the 1996 FIS World Championships. On the first run, she overwhelmed the field, leading by 1.95 second over her teammate, [Isabelle Blanc]. On the second run Ruby boarded carefully to protect her lead but still won the gold medal by almost two seconds over Germany’s [Heidi Renoth]. Blanc had the silver medal in her grasp when she missed the final gate on her second run, and fell, sliding across the finish line. Ruby would compete again at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2002 in parallel giant slalom, and switching to boardercross for the 2006 Winter Olympics. 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. Isabelle Blanc returned in 2002 to win the gold medal in the parallel giant slalom.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Karine Ruby 20 France FRA Gold 2:17.34
2 Heidi Renoth 19 Germany GER Silver 2:19.17
3 Brigitte Köck 27 Austria AUT Bronze 2:19.42
4 Lidia Trettel 24 Italy ITA 2:19.71
5 Ursula Fingerlos 21 Austria AUT 2:20.36
6 Marion Posch 25 Italy ITA 2:21.34
7 Dagi Mair unter der Eggen 23 Italy ITA 2:22.42
8 Isabel Zedlacher 20 Austria AUT 2:22.92
9 Sandra Farmand 28 Germany GER 2:23.10
10 Marie Birkl 27 Sweden SWE 2:23.91
11 Cécile Plancherel 27 Switzerland SUI 2:24.07
12 Sondra Van Ert 33 United States USA 2:26.56
13 Margherita Parini 25 Italy ITA 2:27.57
14 Heidi Jaufenthaler 20 Austria AUT 2:27.94
15 Shinobu Ueshima 26 Japan JPN 2:28.05
16 Charlotte Bernard 25 France FRA 2:28.73
17 Nathalie Desmares 25 France FRA 2:29.85
18 Renata Keller 36 Switzerland SUI 2:31.80
19 Małgorzata Rosiak 20 Poland POL 2:41.57
20 Mariya Dimova 23 Bulgaria BUL 2:42.84
21 Marousa Pappou 19 Greece GRE 2:56.53
AC Isabelle Blanc 22 France FRA DNF
AC Polona Zupan 21 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Steffi von Siebenthal 20 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Betsy Shaw 32 United States USA DQ
AC Rosey Fletcher 22 United States USA DNF
AC Burgel Heckmair 22 Germany GER DNF
AC Lisa Kosglow 24 United States USA DNF
AC Jana Šedová 24 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Jagna Marczułajtis 19 Poland POL DNF
AC Pamela Bell 25 New Zealand NZL DNF