| Event type

Downhill, Women1

Date16 February 1984 — 10:30
LocationJahorina (Olympia)
Participants32 from 13 countries
Course SetterDieter BartschSUI
DetailsGates: 28
Length: 1965 m
Start Altitude: 1872 m
Vertical Drop: 547 m

After Annemarie Moser-Pröll had retired in 1980, and Marie-Theres Nadig followed her in 1982, no woman had dominated downhill skiing, leaving the 1984 Olympic downhill with no clear favorite. Switzerland’s Maria Walliser was having the best year and would win the 1984 World Cup downhill title. She had a young teammate, Michela Figini, who was only 17, but had already moved up into the seeds for the Olympics.

The event was affected by the weather as the men’s downhill had been in 1984, and was delayed five days because of snow and fog. Off fifth, Figini posted a time of 1:13.36, and watched as the other top skiers came down. Walliser was 10th down the mountain but narrowly missed out, falling 0.05 seconds behind Figini. They would win the gold and silver medals, with Czechoslovakia’s Olga Charvátová placing third, the first Alpine skiing medal won by an Eastern European since the slalom bronze medal won by Soviet Yevgeniya Sidorova in 1956.

15Michela FiginiSUI1:13.36Gold
210Maria WalliserSUI1:13.41Silver
316Olga CharvátováTCH1:13.53Bronze
412Ariane EhratSUI1:13.95
515Jana Gantnerová-ŠoltýsováTCH1:14.14
=618Marina KiehlFRG1:14.30
=611Gerry SorensenCAN1:14.30
814Lea SölknerAUT1:14.39
94Lisi KirchlerAUT1:14.55
1022Veronika WallingerAUT1:14.76
116Laurie GrahamCAN1:14.92
1219Brigitte OertliSUI1:14.93
132Sylvia EderAUT1:14.97
1420Heidi WieslerFRG1:14.98
1513Caroline AttiaFRA1:15.04
167Holly FlandersUSA1:15.11
1723Regine MösenlechnerFRG1:15.16
1824Liisa SavijarviCAN1:15.32
191Maria MaricichUSA1:15.55
209Marie-Luce WaldmeierFRA1:15.56
2121Debbie ArmstrongUSA1:15.57
2217Karen StemmleCAN1:15.64
238Irene EppleFRG1:15.65
2425Ivana ValešováTCH1:16.43
2528Jolanda KindleLIE1:16.89
2629Christine GrantNZL1:17.52
2727Michèle Brigitte DombardBEL1:18.92
2830Marilla GussAUS1:19.75
2931Kate RattrayNZL1:20.18
3032Teresa BustamanteARG1:21.62
DNF26Clare BoothGBR
DNF3Élisabeth ChaudFRA