|Date||15 February 1992 — 11:15|
|Participants||30 from 12 countries|
|Course Setter||Bernhard Russi||IFR|
Length: 2770 m
Start Altitude: 2260 m
Vertical Drop: 828 m
No clear favorite existed for the 1992 women’s downhill, although Germany’s Katja Seizinger and Austria’s Petra Kronberger were highly considered. The Méribel Roc de Fer course was one of the longest in Winter Olympic history and was thought to be the most difficult women’s course ever. However, 30 skiiers started and only one did not finish – that being Chantal Bournissen, who had been the 1991 World Cup champion. Seizinger and Kronberger went off 10-11, and moved into first and second, respectively. The 12th skier was inheralded Canadian Kerrin Lee-Gartner, who had only one podium finish in 10 years on the World Cup circuit. But Lee-Gartner finished 0.12 ahead of Seizinger to take the lead. Thru the seeded skiers she maintained the lead, but Hilary Lindh (USA), off in 16th spot, almost caught her, finishing only 0.06 down. Eventually Lee-Gartner and Lindh would post a shocking 1-2 finish, with Austrian Veronika Wallinger third.