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Slalom, Women

Date11 February 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationMount Teine, Mount Teine
Participants42 from 13 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)K. MaierFRG
Course Setter (Run 2)Jacques FournoFRA
Venue detailsGates: 56 / 52
Length: 450 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 184 m

The top slalom skiers in the world were considered to be the French Lafforgue sisters, Britt and Ingrid. Ingrid was World Cup champion and World Champion in 1970, but was injured early in 1971 and could not compete at Sapporo. Their father, Maurice Lafforgue, had skied at the 1936 Winter Olympics. Britt Lafforgue tied for the 1971 World Cup slalom title with Canadian Betsy Clifford, who did not compete in Sapporo, but who would win it outright in 1971-72. The first skier off in the first run was American Barbara Cochran, from the well-known skiing Cochran family of Vermont. Three of her siblings would also ski in the Olympics – Bob, Marilyn, and Lindy. Barbara Cochran posted 46.05 and waited. Britt Lafforgue had a run of 46.23 two skiers later, and France’s Danièle Debernard would move into second with 46.08. Disaster struck Lafforgue on the second run when she missed a gate and was disqualified. Debernard would lead the second run, with Barbara Cochran second, but the margin was only 1/100th of a second, and Cochran would win the gold medal by 0.02 seconds.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
11Barbara CochranUSA1:31.2446.05 (1)45.19 (2)Gold
26Danièle DebernardFRA1:31.2646.08 (2)45.18 (1)Silver
315Florence SteurerFRA1:32.6946.57 (4)46.12 (3)Bronze
45Judy CrawfordCAN1:33.9547.12 (5)46.83 (=6)
54Annemarie PröllAUT1:34.0347.20 (6)46.83 (=6)
626Pamela BehrFRG1:34.2747.57 (8)46.70 (4)
712Monika KasererAUT1:34.3647.59 (9)46.77 (5)
813Patty BoydstunUSA1:35.5948.11 (13)47.48 (9)
=911Susie CorrockUSA1:35.7648.09 (12)47.67 (10)
=924Toril FørlandNOR1:35.7647.75 (10)48.01 (11)
1121Gina HathornGBR1:36.1848.72 (14)47.46 (8)
1239Laurie KreinerCAN1:37.3048.81 (15)48.49 (12)
1336Emiko OkazakiJPN1:39.5350.06 (18)49.47 (14)
1440Kathy KreinerCAN1:40.2750.55 (=19)49.72 (15)
1525Divina GalicaGBR1:40.5051.13 (22)49.37 (13)
1631Harue OkitsuJPN1:40.6750.55 (=19)50.12 (16)
179Rosi MittermaierFRG1:41.1747.27 (7)53.90 (19)
1832Marta BühlerLIE1:41.6950.65 (21)51.04 (17)
1942Galina ShikhovaURS1:45.8152.07 (23)53.74 (18)
AC2Wiltrud DrexelAUT– (AC)DNF
AC8Conchita PuigESP– (AC)DNF
AC10Gertrud GablAUT47.80 (11)– (AC)DNF
AC16Marie-Theres NadigSUI– (AC)DNF
AC17Diane PratteCAN49.32 (17)– (AC)DNF
AC19Silvia StumpSUI49.19 (16)– (AC)DNF
AC20Traudl TreichlFRG– (AC)DNF
AC22Karianne ChristiansenNOR52.59 (24)– (AC)DNF
AC23Anne BruslettoNOR– (AC)DNF
AC27Rosi SpeiserFRG– (AC)DNF
AC28Bernadette ZurbriggenSUI– (AC)DNF
AC29Lotta SollanderSWE– (AC)DNF
AC30Rita GoodSUI– (AC)DNF
AC33Valentina IliffeGBR– (AC)DNF
AC34Carol BlackwoodGBR– (AC)DNF
AC35Mitsuyo NagumoJPN– (AC)DNF
AC38Svetlana IsakovaURS– (AC)DNF
AC41Miyuki KatagiriJPN– (AC)DNF
AC3Britt LafforgueFRA46.23 (3)53.48 (AC)DQ
AC7Michèle JacotFRA46.78 (AC)DQ
AC14Marilyn CochranUSA– (AC)DQ
AC18Gyri SørensenNOR– (AC)DQ
AC37Nina MerkulovaURS– (AC)DQ