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Divina Galica

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
SexFemale
Full nameDivina Mary•Galica
Used nameDivina•Galica
Born13 August 1944 in Bushey Heath, Watford, Hertfordshire, England (GBR)
Measurements172 cm / 60 kg
NOC(s) Great Britain

Biography

Divina Galica is one of the all-time best British alpine skiers. Her best results have come in the giant slalom, placing 7th and 8th at the Olympics, and 10th in the 1970 World Championships. Never scoring a World Cup win, Galica did twice reach the podium on a downhill World Cup. In the 1968 World Cup overall standings, she ranked 13th. After being asked for a celebrity race in 1974, Galica started a career in automobile racing. In 1976, she entered the British Grand Prix, becoming only the third woman to attempt to compete in Formula One. Her appearance was also notable for driving a car with number 13, which was only available in the sport on special demand since the 1926 death of Giulio Masetti while racing with 13. Galica did not qualify for the race, nor did she on two subsequent attempts in 1978. She did continue to race in numerous classes until the late 1990s, and also returned to skiing. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, Galica competed in the demonstration sport of speed skiing. The following year, she joined a select group of women to have broken the 200 km/h barrier, reaching 200.669 km/h.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1964 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 30 GBR Divina Galica
  Giant Slalom, Women Olympic 23
  Slalom, Women Olympic AC
1968 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 32 GBR Divina Galica
  Giant Slalom, Women Olympic 8
  Slalom, Women Olympic AC
1972 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) Downhill, Women Olympic 26 GBR Divina Galica
  Giant Slalom, Women Olympic 7
  Slalom, Women Olympic 15
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skiing (Skiing) Individual, Women Olympic (non-medal) 19 GBR Divina Galica

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