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Downhill, Women

Date 8 February 1976 — 12:30
StatusOlympic
LocationAxamer Lizum, Axams (Hoadl)
Participants38 from 15 countries
Course SetterUNK
Venue detailsGates: 23
Length: 2515 m
Start Altitude: 2310 m
Vertical Drop: 700 m

The top downhill skier since Sapporo had been Austrian Annemarie Pröll, but she retired prior to the 1975-76 season. In her absence no favorite existed for this event. German Rosi Mittermaier was the ninth skier to start. A long-time World Cup competitor, on the circuit since 1967, she had won seven World Cup races, although never a downhill, but she posted the fastest time on her run to take the lead. Waiting out the remainder of the seeds, nobody bettered her mark and Mittermaier had won a surprise gold medal. A few days later she would win the slalom gold medal and, with a chance to match the triple Alpine golds of Toni Sailer and Jean-Claude Killy, she came close, winning a silver medal in the giant slalom. The silver medalist, Austrian Brigitte Totschnig, would win the downhill World Cup in 1976 and 1977.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
19Rosi MittermaierFRG1:46.16Gold
27Brigitte TotschnigAUT1:46.68Silver
310Cindy NelsonUSA1:47.50Bronze
413Nicola SpießAUT1:47.71
55Danièle DebernardFRA1:48.48
64Jacqueline RouvierFRA1:48.58
72Bernadette ZurbriggenSUI1:48.62
83Marlies OberholzerSUI1:48.68
914Monika KasererAUT1:48.81
108Irene EppleFRG1:48.91
1115Hanni WenzelLIE1:49.17
121Irmgard LukasserAUT1:49.18
1311Evi MittermaierFRG1:49.23
1426Suzy PattersonUSA1:49.37
1519Paola HoferITA1:49.60
1620Laurie KreinerCAN1:49.97
1718Michèle JacotFRA1:49.98
186Doris de AgostiniSUI1:50.46
1916Kathy KreinerCAN1:50.48
2030Wanda BielerITA1:50.58
2123Fabienne SerratFRA1:51.34
2227Betsy CliffordCAN1:51.40
2325Maria EppleFRG1:51.41
2424Ursula KonzettLIE1:51.53
2521Jolanda PlankITA1:52.50
2629Leslie SmithUSA1:52.98
2728Torill FjeldstadNOR1:52.99
2836Alla AskarovaURS1:53.19
2917Valentina IliffeGBR1:53.31
3022Riitta OllikkaFIN1:53.85
3134Sally RoddAUS1:54.82
3233Dagmar KuzmanováTCH1:54.81
3332Jana ŠoltýsováTCH1:55.02
3435Fiona EasdaleGBR1:57.66
3537Hazel HutcheonGBR1:58.33
3638Joanne HenkeAUS1:59.59
3731Theresa WallisGBR1:59.77
3840Sue GibsonNZL2:03.49
DNS39Janet WellsNZL
DNS12Marie-Theres NadigSUI