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Downhill, Women1

Date19 February 1988 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationNakiska (North Axe)
Participants35 from 14 countries
Course SetterHeinz MurmannSUI
Venue detailsGates: 37
Length: 2238 m
Start Altitude: 2179 m
Vertical Drop: 647 m

The two favorites were Maria Walliser (SUI), 1986 downhill World Cup champion, and overall champion in 1986-87, and her teammate, the defending champion, Michela Figini, who had won the 1987 downhill World Cup and was leading in the 1987-88 season. The event was delayed one day because of weather problems. Walliser went off fourth and took the lead with a run of 1:26.89. This was soon passed by Canada’s Karen Percy, who would eventually win the bronze medal. The eighth starter was German Marina Kiehl, who was a super-G specialist who had six World Cup race wins in that discipline, but none in the downhill. She went for broke, almost crashing twice on her wild run, but pulled into a lead she would not relinquish, earning in a surprising gold medal. Figini was off after Kiehl but skied poorly and placed only ninth.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
18Marina KiehlFRG1:25.86Gold
212Brigitte OertliSUI1:26.61Silver
36Karen PercyCAN1:26.62Bronze
44Maria WalliserSUI1:26.89
515Laurie GrahamCAN1:26.99
65Petra KronbergerAUT1:27.03
710Regine MösenlechnerFRG1:27.16
814Lisi KirchlerAUT1:27.19
99Michela FiginiSUI1:27.26
1024Lucia MedzihradskáTCH1:27.28
113Chantal BournissenSUI1:27.46
1220Carole MerleFRA1:27.53
131Michaela GergFRG1:27.83
1425Emi KawabataJPN1:27.85
1513Kerrin LeeCAN1:28.07
1611Golnur PostnikovaURS1:28.23
1721Claudine EmonetFRA1:28.36
1819Edie ThysUSA1:28.53
1927Michaela MarzolaITA1:28.69
2026Kristin KroneUSA1:29.13
2123Christina MeierFRG1:29.30
2228Wendy LumbyGBR1:29.76
2330Sachiko YamamotoJPN1:30.15
2422Ľudmila MilanováTCH1:30.42
2529Clare BoothGBR1:32.50
2632Jolanda KindleLIE1:32.88
2736Carolina EirasARG1:37.37
2834Astrid SteverlynckARG1:41.64
AC37Mariela VallecilloARGDNF
AC35Mihaela FeraROUDNF
AC33Jacqueline VogtLIEDNF
AC18Hilary LindhUSADNF
AC17Anita WachterAUTDNF
AC7Kellie CaseyCANDNF
AC2Sigrid WolfAUTDNF
DNS16Catherine QuittetFRA
DNS31Ingrid GrantGBR