| Event type

Slalom, Women

Date11 February 1972
LocationMount Teine, Mount Teine
Participants42 from 13 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsGates: 56
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.

PosNumberCompetitorNOCTimeRun #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)
DNF2Wiltrud DrexelAUT– (DNF)
DNF8Conchita PuigESP– (DNF)
DNF10Gertrud GablAUT47.80 (11)– (DNF)
DNF16Marie-Theres NadigSUI– (DNF)
DNF17Diane PratteCAN49.32 (17)– (DNF)
DNF19Silvia StumpSUI49.19 (16)– (DNF)
DNF20Traudl TreichlFRG– (DNF)
DNF22Karianne ChristiansenNOR52.59 (24)– (DNF)
DNF23Anne BruslettoNOR– (DNF)
DNF27Rosi SpeiserFRG– (DNF)
DNF28Bernadette ZurbriggenSUI– (DNF)
DNF29Lotta SollanderSWE– (DNF)
DNF30Rita GoodSUI– (DNF)
DNF33Valentina IliffeGBR– (DNF)
DNF34Carol BlackwoodGBR– (DNF)
DNF35Mitsuyo NagumoJPN– (DNF)
DNF38Svetlana IsakovaURS– (DNF)
DNF41Miyuki KatagiriJPN– (DNF)
DQ3Britt LafforgueFRA46.23 (3)[53.48] (DQ)
DQ7Michèle JacotFRA[46.78] (DQ)
DQ14Marilyn CochranUSA– (DQ)
DQ18Gyri SørensenNOR– (DQ)
DQ37Nina MerkulovaURS– (DQ)