| Event type

Downhill, Women

Date10 February 1968
LocationLe Recoin, Chamrousse (Piste Olympique)
Participants39 from 14 countries
Course SetterUNK
DetailsGates: ?
Length: 2160 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 602 m

The favorite was likely France’s Marielle Goitschel, gold medalist in 1964 in the giant slalom, and winner of the inaugural World Cup downhill title in 1967. She had also placed second at the 1966 World Championship downhill behind Austria’s Erika Schinegger. Schinegger would have been a favorite but failed the Barr body test, which was used for gender verification, prior to the Grenoble Olympics. Schinegger had been raised female, but examination revealed that she had internal male sex organs. She would later undergo corrective sex transformation and changed her name to Eric, and in 1988 gave the 1966 World Championship gold medal to Goitschel.

Goitschel went off in 11th but skied poorly for her, and was only third after her run, eventually finishing eighth. The last of the seeded skiers was Austrian Olga Pall who moved ahead of France’s Isabelle Mir to win the gold medal. Defending gold medalist Christl Haas took bronze.

115Olga PallAUT1:40.87Gold
213Isabelle MirFRA1:41.33Silver
37Christl HaasAUT1:41.41Bronze
48Brigitte SeiwaldAUT1:41.82
514Annie FamoseFRA1:42.15
621Felicity FieldGBR1:42.79
718Fernande BochataySUI1:42.87
811Marielle GoitschelFRA1:42.95
93Florence SteurerFRA1:43.00
105Nancy GreeneCAN1:43.12
1110Annerösli ZrydSUI1:43.76
1230Gertrud GablAUT1:43.97
136Giustina DemetzITA1:44.22
142Burgl FärbingerFRG1:44.29
1531Gina HathornGBR1:44.36
1632Madeleine WuilloudSUI1:44.49
1725Kiki CutterUSA1:44.94
1828Vreni InäbnitSUI1:45.16
191Margret HafenFRG1:45.33
2038Judi LeinweberCAN1:45.60
2129Sandy ShellworthUSA1:46.53
2220Karen DokkaCAN1:47.55
2327Betsy CliffordCAN1:47.60
2424Christine LaprellFRG1:47.62
2519Rosi MittermaierFRG1:47.73
2637Helen JamiesonGBR1:48.03
2736Nina MerkulovaURS1:48.04
289Suzy ChaffeeUSA1:48.50
2946Alfina SukhanovaURS1:48.74
3039Clotilde FasolisITA1:48.90
3122Glorianda CipollaITA1:49.02
3212Divina GalicaGBR1:49.39
3323Anna MohrováTCH1:50.22
3448Mihoko OtsueJPN1:51.60
3534Galina SidorovaURS1:51.74
3635Majda AnkeleYUG1:52.13
3744Anne ReidNZL1:53.12
3847Marta BühlerLIE1:53.53
DNF26Lotte NoglerITA
DNS45Irina TurundayevskayaURS
DNS4Karen BudgeUSA