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Downhill, Women

Date 5 February 1972 — 13:30
StatusOlympic
LocationMount Teine, Mount Teine
Participants41 from 13 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 15
Length: 2110 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 534 m

The best skier in the world in the past two years had been Austrian Annemarie Pröll, who was World Cup champion in 1971-72 in the overall, downhill, and giant slalom. The early leader in Sapporo was France’s Isabelle Mir, silver medalist in the 1970 World Championship downhill. She was then bested by unknown American Susan Corrock, whose eventual third-place finish would be her only podium finish ever in a major international. Three skiers later, unheralded Swiss skier Marie-Theres Nadig moved into first, a full second ahead of Corrock. But Pröll was still to come, the last off of the seeded skiers. Although she skied well, it was only good enough for a silver medal, giving the gold to Nadig in a major upset. The pouting Pröll refused to attend the post-race press conference, but would return to lead the World Cup downhill and overall in 1973-75. She retired before the 1976 Winter Olympics, but then returned and in 1980, won the gold medal in the downhill at Lake Placid.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
113Marie-Theres NadigSUI1:36.68Gold
215Annemarie PröllAUT1:37.00Silver
310Susie CorrockUSA1:37.68Bronze
48Isabelle MirFRA1:38.62
518Rosi SpeiserFRG1:39.10
611Rosi MittermaierFRG1:39.32
721Bernadette ZurbriggenSUI1:39.49
89Annie FamoseFRA1:39.70
92Bernadette RauterAUT1:39.84
1030Marta BühlerLIE1:40.06
1135Toril FørlandNOR1:40.25
1220Marianne HeftiSUI1:40.38
1322Traudl TreichlFRG1:40.62
1412Karen BudgeUSA1:40.68
=157Brigitte TotschnigAUT1:40.73
=154Michèle JacotFRA1:40.73
1726Gyri SørensenNOR1:40.77
=1824Silvia StumpSUI1:40.92
=1817Carolyne OughtonCAN1:40.92
2027Laurie KreinerCAN1:41.00
=2131Sandy PoulsenUSA1:41.25
=2129Karianne ChristiansenNOR1:41.25
=235Florence SteurerFRA1:41.36
=2325Valentina IliffeGBR1:41.36
2519Gina HathornGBR1:41.42
2614Divina GalicaGBR1:41.58
273Judy CrawfordCAN1:41.75
286Marilyn CochranUSA1:41.96
2923Conchita PuigESP1:42.37
301Monika KasererAUT1:42.59
3136Lotta SollanderSWE1:42.97
3237Mitsuyo NagumoJPN1:43.07
3328Kathy KreinerCAN1:43.68
3445Galina ShikhovaURS1:43.88
3542Miyuki KatagiriJPN1:44.10
3639Pamela BehrFRG1:44.22
3738Nina MerkulovaURS1:44.48
3841Carol BlackwoodGBR1:44.61
3940Svetlana IsakovaURS1:44.83
4043Harue OkitsuJPN1:45.37
4144Emiko OkazakiJPN1:48.85