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Downhill, Women

Date15 February 1992 — 11:15
StatusOlympic
LocationMéribel
Participants30 from 12 countries
Course SetterBernhard RussiSUI
Venue detailsGates: 40
Length: 2770 m
Start Altitude: 2260 m
Vertical Drop: 828 m

No clear favorite existed for the 1992 women’s downhill, although Germany’s Katja Seizinger and Austria’s Petra Kronberger were highly considered. The Méribel Roc de Fer course was one of the longest in Winter Olympic history and was thought to be the most difficult women’s course ever. However, 30 skiiers started and only one did not finish – that being Chantal Bournissen, who had been the 1991 World Cup champion. Seizinger and Kronberger went off 10-11, and moved into first and second, respectively. The 12th skier was inheralded Canadian Kerrin Lee-Gartner, who had only one podium finish in 10 years on the World Cup circuit. But Lee-Gartner finished 0.12 ahead of Seizinger to take the lead. Thru the seeded skiers she maintained the lead, but Hilary Lindh (USA), off in 16th spot, almost caught her, finishing only 0.06 down. Eventually Lee-Gartner and Lindh would post a shocking 1-2 finish, with Austrian Veronika Wallinger third.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
112Kerrin Lee-GartnerCAN1:52.55Gold
216Hilary LindhUSA1:52.61Silver
313Veronika WallingerAUT1:52.64Bronze
410Katja SeizingerGER1:52.67
511Petra KronbergerAUT1:52.73
61Katrin GutensohnGER1:53.71
74Barbara SadlederAUT1:53.81
814Svetlana GladyshevaEUN1:53.85
915Miriam VogtGER1:53.89
109Heidi ZurbriggenSUI1:54.04
1121Emi KawabataJPN1:54.52
1218Krista SchmidingerUSA1:54.59
=1317Heidi ZellerSUI1:54.73
=136Carole MerleFRA1:54.73
1520Astrid LødemelNOR1:54.76
1625Lucia MedzihradskáTCH1:54.78
177Régine CavagnoudFRA1:54.94
185Michaela Gerg-LeitnerGER1:54.99
1924Tetiana LebedevaEUN1:55.15
2019Michelle McKendryCAN1:55.61
2122Marlis SpeschaSUI1:55.83
2223Cathy ChedalFRA1:55.91
2327Marie-Pierre GatelFRA1:56.25
2428Ľudmila MilanováTCH1:57.85
253Edie ThysUSA1:58.13
2629Sachiko YamamotoJPN1:58.52
2726Svetlana NovikovaEUN1:59.18
2830Mihaela FeraROU2:01.27
2931Carolina EirasARG2:02.81
AC8Chantal BournissenSUIDNF
DNS2Varvara ZelenskayaEUN