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Giant Slalom, Women

Date20 – 21 February 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationWhiteface Mountain Ski Area, Lake Placid
Participants48 from 21 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)Jean-Pierre FournierFRA
Course Setter (Run 2)Günther OsterriederFRG
Venue detailsGates: 50 / 59
Length: 1231 m / 1315 m
Start Altitude: ?
Vertical Drop: 364 m

The men’s Olympic giant slalom had been contested over two runs since 1968, but the women had only a single run until 1980, when they converted to the two-run format. The World Cup leader all year had been Liechtenstein’s Hanni Wenzel, and she confirmed her form when she led the first run over Germany’s Irene Epple, who was a solid World Cup skier, but was best known at the time as Sebastian Coe’s girlfriend. The second run was won by France’s Perrine Pelen, which moved her up to the bronze medal position, after she had been sixth on the first run. Wenzel was third and Epple fourth in the second effort, and they held their overall positions, Wenzel winning Liechtenstein’s first Olympic gold medal. The eighth-place finisher was Maria Epple, Irene’s sister, and the 1978 World Champion in this event. Wenzel was a top World Cup skier for several years, but 1980 was her best one, winning the overall, giant slalom, and combined World Cup titles.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
16Hanni WenzelLIE2:41.661:14.33 (1)1:27.33 (3)Gold
212Irene EppleFRG2:42.121:14.75 (2)1:27.37 (4)Silver
37Perrine PelenFRA2:42.411:15.45 (6)1:26.96 (1)Bronze
413Fabienne SerratFRA2:42.421:15.43 (5)1:26.99 (2)
53Christa KinshoferFRG2:42.631:15.19 (3)1:27.44 (5)
615Annemarie Moser-PröllAUT2:43.191:15.64 (7)1:27.55 (6)
722Christin CooperUSA2:44.711:16.61 (9)1:28.10 (7)
88Maria EppleFRG2:45.561:16.20 (8)1:29.36 (11)
924Kathy KreinerCAN2:45.751:17.19 (11)1:28.56 (9)
105Claudia GiordaniITA2:46.271:17.72 (17)1:28.55 (8)
1129Anna-Karin HesseSWE2:47.021:17.24 (12)1:29.78 (13)
1231Nadezhda PatrikeyevaURS2:47.091:17.44 (14)1:29.65 (12)
1310Cindy NelsonUSA2:47.321:17.42 (13)1:29.90 (14)
1426Ingrid EberleAUT2:47.421:18.18 (19)1:29.24 (10)
1523Ann MelanderSWE2:47.631:16.84 (10)1:30.79 (19)
1633Brigitte NansozSUI2:48.201:18.09 (18)1:30.11 (15)
1721Heidi PreussUSA2:48.371:17.54 (15)1:30.83 (20)
1828Blanca Fernández OchoaESP2:48.991:18.37 (22)1:30.62 (18)
1930Petra WenzelLIE2:49.031:18.75 (26)1:30.28 (16)
2034Metka JermanYUG2:49.211:18.79 (28)1:30.42 (17)
2132Jana ŠoltýsováTCH2:49.651:18.60 (25)1:31.05 (22)
2219Torill FjeldstadNOR2:49.661:18.26 (20)1:31.40 (24)
2336Nuša TomeYUG2:49.721:18.78 (27)1:30.94 (21)
2440Åsa SvedmarkSWE2:50.371:18.90 (29)1:31.47 (25)
2525Anne-Flore ReyFRA2:51.411:20.03 (30)1:31.38 (23)
2635Anja ZavadlavYUG2:52.061:20.54 (31)1:31.52 (26)
2739Anne RobbGBR2:56.081:20.79 (32)1:35.29 (27)
2846Jenny AltermattAUS2:58.571:22.09 (33)1:36.48 (30)
2944Steinunn SæmundsdóttirISL2:59.411:23.52 (35)1:35.89 (28)
3041Fiona JohnsonNZL3:00.661:24.62 (36)1:36.04 (29)
3142Valentina IliffeGBR3:02.761:23.33 (34)1:39.43 (31)
3245Anna ArchibaldNZL3:06.141:25.82 (38)1:40.32 (32)
3350Lina AristodimouCYP3:36.851:39.78 (40)1:57.07 (33)
3451Farida RahmehLBN3:39.491:40.50 (41)1:58.99 (34)
3549Wang GuizhenCHN3:44.591:32.41 (39)2:12.18 (35)
AC1Erika HessSUI1:15.27 (4)– (AC)DNF
AC9Regine MösenlechnerFRG1:17.70 (16)– (AC)DNF
AC27Marina LaurençonFRA1:18.49 (23)– (AC)DNF
AC16Maria Rosa QuarioITA1:18.54 (24)– (AC)DNF
AC38Ana María RodríguezESP– (AC)DNF
AC20Wanda BielerITA– (AC)DNF
AC17Tamara McKinneyUSA– (AC)DNF
AC14Regina SacklAUT– (AC)DNF
AC11Daniela ZiniITA– (AC)DNF
AC4Ursula KonzettLIE– (AC)DNF
AC2Marie-Theres NadigSUI– (AC)DNF
AC18Lea SölknerAUT1:18.30 (21)– (DNS)DNF
AC47Jacqui CowderoyAUS1:24.90 (37)– (AC)DQ
DNS43Araceli VelascoESP– (DNS)
DNS37Saila MiettinenFIN– (DNS)
DNS48Kirstin CairnsGBR– (DNS)