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Alpine Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's Giant Slalom

Alpine Skiing at the 2014 Winter Games: Previous Winter Games


Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 18, 2014
Date Finished: February 18, 2014
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: SLO Tina Maze
Silver: AUT Anna Fenninger
Bronze: GER Viktoria Rebensburg


The fourth women's Alpine sking event in Sochi was held on Tuesday, 18 February, with the starting times for both runs moved up 90 minutes to avoid melting snow due to the warm weather. The course loacted in the [Rosa Khutor Alpine Center] started at an altitude of 1,365 metres on a separate slope and after halfway, at the "Serpentine" passage, and then followed the lower part of the downhill course to the finish area. The terrain was described as easy, which could presage a close race. The five World Cup giant slaloms of the season underway saw five different winners with [Lara Gut] (Sölden), [Jessica Lindell-Vikarby] (Beaver Creek), [Tessa Worley] (St. Moritz), [Tina Weirather] (Val d'Isère), and [Anna Fenninger] (Lienz), who also represented five different nations. The current World Cup standing was topped by Lindell-Vikarby in front of [Pietilä-Holmner], Weirather, and Fenninger. The 2010 gold medalist [Viktoria Rebensburg] also won the giant slalom World Cup in 2010/11 and 2011/12, while Vancouver silver medalist [Tina Maze] was 2011 World champion and won the giant slalom World Cup in 2012/13. The reigning World champion from 2013 was Worley, but she missed the Games after tearing her right ACL shortly before Christmas in the World Cup slalom in Courchevel only two days after her win in St. Moritz.

As in 2010 weather conditions were influential in determining the outcome of this race, with snow at the top of the course turning to rain at the bottom. In the first run this favored the early skiers. First to go was Tina Maze (SLO), who set what proved to be the fastest time of 1:17.88. Behind her was the next starter Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) who was 0.52 seconds behind. As skiers struggled with the conditions, Anna Fenninger (AUT) posted a good time of 1:18.73, followed by the young American skier [Mikaela Shiffrin] with a time of 1:18.79. Defending champion Viktoria Rebensberg (GER) came next, but was some 1.36 seconds off the pace of Maze. Only [Nadia Fanchini] (ITA) was able to threaten the leader, posting a time of 1:18.53 to finish in third place at the end of the first run.

With the top 30 going in reverse order, Rebensberg was to take the lead, her run of 1:17.90 proving to be the fastest second run, and a combined time of 2:37.14 setting the target. Shiffrin could not improve on this and finished 0.23 seconds behind the leader. However Fenninger was to take over the lead with the third fastest second run, setting a new target of 2:36.94. Fanchini was unable to defeat either of the two leading times and Lindell-Vikarby did not have a good second run, putting her down to seventh place. Going last Maze had a relatively slow run (11th fastest), but had enough in hand over Fenninger to hang on and win her second gold medal by 0.07 seconds. The second fastest in the second run was Lara Gut (SUI), but a poor first run cost her any chance of a medal and she finished in ninth place.

With her second gold at this Games Maze become the most sucessful Alpine skier in Sochi. She also won a second gold medal for skiing manufacturer Stöckli, while Fenninger used Head and Rebensburg won the sole medal at this Games for Nordica, with bronze. Six different nations placed in the top six and all also used different skis. Finishing in 55th place [Alessia Afi Dipol] became the first Alpine skiing competitor for Togo, only five days after [Mathilde Amivi Petitjean] represented this country for the first time in Winter Olympics. Back in 65th position [Elise Pellegrin] was the first ever Winter Olympic competitor from Malta and in 67th place was [Vanessa Vanakorn], the first Alpine skier from Thailand. She was much better known as Vanessa-Mae, world famous violinist, who was reported to have sold over 10 million albums. Having dual nationality (British and Thai) she elected to ski for Thailand under her father's name.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Tina Maze 30 Slovenia SLO Gold 2:36.87
2 Anna Fenninger 24 Austria AUT Silver 2:36.94
3 Viktoria Rebensburg 24 Germany GER Bronze 2:37.14
4 Nadia Fanchini 27 Italy ITA 2:37.25
5 Mikaela Shiffrin 18 United States USA 2:37.37
6 Maria Pietilä-Holmner 27 Sweden SWE 2:37.82
7 Jessica Lindell-Vikarby 29 Sweden SWE 2:38.02
8 Anémone Marmottan 25 France FRA 2:38.48
9 Lara Gut 22 Switzerland SUI 2:38.64
10 Dominique Gisin 28 Switzerland SUI 2:39.58
11 Elisabeth Görgl 32 Austria AUT 2:39.64
12 Michaela Kirchgasser 28 Austria AUT 2:39.81
13 Frida Hansdotter 28 Sweden SWE 2:39.85
14T Anne-Sophie Barthet 25 France FRA 2:39.88
14T Tanja Poutiainen 33 Finland FIN 2:39.88
16 Francesca Marsaglia 24 Italy ITA 2:39.92
17 Nina Løseth 24 Norway NOR 2:39.96
18 Kajsa Kling 25 Sweden SWE 2:40.30
19 Kathrin Zettel 27 Austria AUT 2:40.33
20 Katarina Lavtar 25 Slovenia SLO 2:40.64
21 Erin Mielzynski 23 Canada CAN 2:40.69
22 Adeline Baud 21 France FRA 2:40.91
23 Lotte Sejersted 18 Norway NOR 2:41.45
24 Petra Vlhová 18 Slovakia SVK 2:41.69
25 Barbara Wirth 24 Germany GER 2:41.73
26 Fabienne Suter 29 Switzerland SUI 2:42.06
27 Mona Løseth 22 Norway NOR 2:42.12
28 Nevena Ignjatović 23 Serbia SRB 2:42.46
29 Resi Stiegler 28 United States USA 2:44.07
30 Megan McJames 26 United States USA 2:44.37
31 Ilka Å tuhec 23 Slovenia SLO 2:44.85
32 Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel 19 Poland POL 2:45.50
33 Karolina Chrapek 24 Poland POL 2:45.81
34 Edit Miklós 25 Hungary HUN 2:46.59
35 Andrea Komšić 17 Croatia CRO 2:46.61
36 Mariya Kirkova 28 Bulgaria BUL 2:47.59
37 Žana Novaković 28 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 2:47.78
38 Barbara Kantorová 21 Slovakia SVK 2:47.81
39 Macarena Simari Birkner 29 Argentina ARG 2:47.85
40 Lavinia Chrystal 24 Australia AUS 2:48.57
41 Greta Small 18 Australia AUS 2:49.66
42 Noelle Barahona 23 Chile CHI 2:49.86
43 Bohdana Matsotska 24 Ukraine UKR 2:50.53
44 Mariya Shkanova 24 Belarus BLR 2:50.58
45 Barbara Lukáčová 23 Slovakia SVK 2:50.66
46 Helga María Vilhjálmsdóttir 18 Iceland ISL 2:51.91
47 Salomé Báncora 20 Argentina ARG 2:52.04
48 Anna Berecz 25 Hungary HUN 2:54.05
49 Nino Tsiklauri 20 Georgia GEO 2:55.34
50 Emily Bamford 21 Australia AUS 2:55.80
51 Ania Caill 18 Romania ROU 2:57.26
52 Erla Ásgeirsdóttir 20 Iceland ISL 3:01.66
53 Kim So-Hui 17 South Korea KOR 3:01.83
54 Maya Harrisson 21 Brazil BRA 3:01.86
55 Alessia Afi Dipol 18 Togo TOG 3:02.80
56 Jasmine Campbell 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV 3:05.05
57 Ornella Oettl 22 Peru PER 3:06.32
58 Sophia Ralli 25 Greece GRE 3:06.47
59 Camile Dias 17 Portugal POR 3:07.63
60 Suela Mëhilli 20 Albania ALB 3:07.91
61 Triin Tobi 18 Estonia EST 3:09.17
62 Kenza Tazi 18 Morocco MAR 3:09.79
63 Tuğba Daşdemir-Kocaağa 28 Turkey TUR 3:09.80
64 Kseniya Grigoryeva 26 Uzbekistan UZB 3:11.54
65 Élise Pellegrin 22 Malta MLT 3:13.12
66 Xia Lina 26 China CHN 3:15.62
67 Vanessa Vanakorn 35 Thailand THA 3:26.97
AC Denise Karbon 33 Italy ITA DNF
AC Ragnhild Mowinckel 21 Norway NOR DNF
AC Mariya Bedaryova 21 Russia RUS DNF
AC Maruša Ferk 25 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Sofija Novoselić 24 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Agnese Āboltiņa 17 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Ieva Januškevičiūtė 19 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Marie-Michèle Gagnon 24 Canada CAN DNF
AC Federica Brignone 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Julia Mancuso 29 United States USA DNF
AC Marie-Pier Préfontaine 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Marion Bertrand 29 France FRA DNF
AC Wendy Holdener 20 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Kateřina Pauláthová 20 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Šárka Záhrobská-Strachová 28 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Martina Dubovská 21 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Julietta Quiroga 25 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Mireia Gutiérrez 25 Andorra AND DNF
AC Kristína Saalová 22 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Lelde Gasūna 23 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Florence Bell 17 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Federica Selva 17 San Marino SMR DNF