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Downhill, Women

Date19 February 1994 — 11:00-12:30
StatusOlympic
LocationKvitfjell Alpinsenter, Ringebu
Participants48 from 19 countries
Course SetterJan TischhauserSUI
Venue detailsGates: 37
Length: 2641 m
Start Altitude: 890 m
Vertical Drop: 708 m

The women’s downhill was originally scheduled for Hafjell, where the technical events were contested. But the women skiers protested that the course was too flat and easy, and the Lillehammer organizers responded and moved the women’s downhill to Kvitfjell, where the other speed events were being raced. The ski world was still in mourning as only a few weeks before the Lillehammer Olympics top Austrian contender and super-G World Champion in 1989 and 1991, Ulrike Maier, crashed during a downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, breaking her neck and dying within minutes.

Katja Seizinger was the heaviest favorite in any Alpine event in Lillehammer, having led the World Cup since 1992, winning seven World Cup downhill races during that time. Seizinger confirmed her favorite’s status, going off third, and posting a time that won the gold medal easily. The silver medal went to American Picabo Street, who was still a bit of an unknown quantity, but who would win the 1995 and 1996 World Cup downhills, and an Olympic gold medal in the 1998 super-G.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
13Katja SeizingerGER1:35.93Gold
28Picabo StreetUSA1:36.59Silver
312Isolde KostnerITA1:36.85Bronze
416Martina ErtlGER1:37.10
52Kate PaceCAN1:37.17
69Mélanie SuchetFRA1:37.34
74Hilary LindhUSA1:37.44
87Varvara ZelenskayaRUS1:37.48
923Pernilla WibergSWE1:37.61
1035Katja KorenSLO1:37.69
1117Jeanette LundeNOR1:37.80
121Miriam VogtGER1:37.86
1333Florence MasnadaFRA1:37.92
=146Veronika StallmaierAUT1:37.94
=1431Morena GallizioITA1:37.94
1632Alenka DovžanSLO1:38.07
1720Svetlana GladyshevaRUS1:38.10
1825Katrin GutensohnGER1:38.14
1911Kerrin Lee-GartnerCAN1:38.22
2029Megan GeretyUSA1:38.24
2126Emi KawabataJPN1:38.29
2214Heidi ZurbriggenSUI1:38.46
2337Špela PretnarSLO1:38.50
2436Olga VedyachevaKAZ1:38.58
2519Barbara MerlinITA1:38.65
2610Régine CavagnoudFRA1:38.69
2727Krista SchmidingerUSA1:38.76
2813Heidi Zeller-BählerSUI1:38.78
2918Nathalie BouvierFRA1:38.85
3030Michelle RuthvenCAN1:38.88
315Anja HaasAUT1:38.98
3234Lucia MedzihradskáSVK1:39.22
3328Vreni SchneiderSUI1:39.35
3421Erika HanssonSWE1:39.40
3539Nataliya BugaRUS1:40.93
3643Mihaela FeraROU1:41.07
3740Olha LohinovaUKR1:43.07
3838Mira GolubRUS1:43.21
3944Szvetlana KeszthelyiHUN1:43.33
4042Maria ZarucROU1:45.73
4148Francisca SteverlynckARG1:46.76
4246Khrystyna PodrushnaUKR1:46.96
4345Gabriela QuijanoARG1:49.26
4447Jennifer TaylorARG1:49.53
AC15Bibiana PerezITADNF
AC22Renate GötschlAUTDNF
AC24Ingrid StöcklAUTDNF
AC41Véronique DugaillyBELDNF