| Event type

Downhill, Women

Date20 February 1960 — 10:00
LocationKT-22, Squaw Valley, California
Participants42 from 14 countries
Course SetterUNK
DetailsGates: 27
Length: 1828 m
Start Altitude: 2447 m
Vertical Drop: 553 m

After snow postponed the men’s downhill, the women’s downhill was the first Alpine event of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The favorite should have been Canada’s Lucille Wheeler, bronze medalist in 1956, who had won the downhill and giant slalom at the 1958 World Championships, but she was injured and could not compete in Squaw. The first skier to come down Little Papoose Peak was American Penny Pitou, who had competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics. As six further skiers finished, Pitou’s time of 1:38.6 was obviously an impressive one, and held the lead until Germany’s Heidi Biebl finished in 1:37.6. Biebl’s time was never challenged, earning her the gold medal. Pitou would later win another silver in the giant slalom. Returning to her native New Hampshire she later became director of the largest travel agency in the state.

18Heidi BieblGER1:37.6Gold
21Penny PitouUSA1:38.6Silver
312Traudl HecherAUT1:38.9Bronze
43Pia RivaITA1:39.9
52Jerta SchirITA1:40.5
623Anneliese MegglGER1:40.8
714Sonja SperlGER1:41.0
87Erika NetzerAUT1:41.1
=911Yvonne RüeggSUI1:41.6
=915Carla MarchelliITA1:41.6
1128Barbi HennebergerGER1:42.4
=125Anne HeggtveitCAN1:42.9
=1213Marit HaraldsenNOR1:42.9
=144Thérèse LeducFRA1:44.2
=1422Jolanda SchirITA1:44.2
=1420Arlette GrossoFRA1:44.2
1736Nancy HollandCAN1:45.2
1824Marguerite LeducFRA1:45.6
1921Stalina KorzukhinaURS1:46.5
2044Yevgeniya KabinaURS1:46.7
2126Joan HannahUSA1:47.9
2245Nancy GreeneCAN1:48.3
2342Lyubov VolkovaURS1:49.2
2440María NavarroESP1:49.7
2541Josephine GibbsGBR1:50.3
269Margrit GertschSUI1:50.4
2737Christine DavyAUS1:50.6
2834Wendy FarringtonGBR1:50.8
2935María Cristina SchweizerARG1:51.0
3029Liv ChristiansenNOR1:51.2
3139Sue HolmesGBR1:51.9
3218Elizabeth GreeneCAN1:53.3
3325Linda MeyersUSA1:53.4
3438Cecilia WomersleyNZL1:59.5
3530Lilo MichelSUI2:01.0
3646Tish PrainNZL2:01.5
3719Astrid SandvikNOR2:02.9
3827Janine MonterrainFRA2:03.0
3910Putzi FrandlAUT2:11.6
DNF6Betsy SniteUSA
DNF17Herlinde BeutlhauserAUT
DQ16Annemarie WaserSUI
DNS43María SolariCHI