| Event type

Super G, Women1

Date11 February 1998 — 13:00
LocationHappo'one, Hakuba (Olympic Course II)
Participants43 from 19 countries
Course SetterLeonid MelnikovRUS
DetailsGates: ?
Length: 2080 m
Start Altitude: 1486 m
Vertical Drop: 587 m

Heavy snow forced this event to be postponed one day. Germany’s Katja Seizinger was a heavy favorite, having won the World Cup Super G for four straight years (1993-96), and leading the race in 1997-98. The second starter was American Picabo Street. A true power skier, Street had won the 1995 and 1996 World Cup in downhill, and was silver medalist in the 1994 Olympic downhill. But on 4 December 1996, she crashed badly in Vail, breaking her left femur and tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the same knee. She took a full year to recover, not returning to the World Cup circuit until December 1997, only two months before the Nagano Olympics. Street’s Super G run in Nagano was finished in 1:18.02, which moved her into an early lead. Other top skiers came down but none could match Street’s time. Seizinger was off 11th but her German trainers had misjudged the snow and waxing, and she would finish only sixth. Two Austrians finished 2-3, Michaela Dorfmeister and Alexandra Meissnitzer, with Dorfmeister, off unseeded in 18th position, missing Street’s time by only 0.01 seconds.

12Picabo StreetUSA1:18.02Gold
218Michaela DorfmeisterAUT1:18.03Silver
35Alexandra MeissnitzerAUT1:18.09Bronze
46Regina HäuslGER1:18.27
510Renate GötschlAUT1:18.32
611Katja SeizingerGER1:18.44
79Martina ErtlGER1:18.46
813Mélanie SuchetFRA1:18.51
919Steffi SchusterAUT1:18.53
1012Hilde GergGER1:18.59
118Isolde KostnerITA1:18.62
1216Varvara ZelenskayaRUS1:18.72
1330Svetlana GladyshevaRUS1:18.82
=1415Carole MontilletFRA1:18.88
=1414Pernilla WibergSWE1:18.88
1625Régine CavagnoudFRA1:18.91
1724Kristine KristiansenNOR1:19.02
1817Florence MasnadaFRA1:19.03
191Ingeborg Helen MarkenNOR1:19.16
2029Mélanie TurgeonCAN1:19.20
217Heidi ZurbriggenSUI1:19.22
2221Bibiana PerezITA1:19.47
2320Barbara MerlinITA1:19.64
2426Mojca SuhadolcSLO1:19.66
2528Trude GimleNOR1:19.71
2633Janica KostelićCRO1:19.77
2734Kate Pace-LindsayCAN1:19.89
284Karen PutzerITA1:20.16
2931Katie MonahanUSA1:20.25
3022Špela BračunSLO1:20.29
3127Corinne Rey-BelletSUI1:20.31
3232Jonna MendesUSA1:20.35
3335Anna LarionovaRUS1:20.61
3423Catherine BorghiSUI1:20.69
3536Lucie HrstkováCZE1:21.74
3637Kumiko KashiwagiJPN1:21.89
3740Olesya AliyevaRUS1:22.00
3838Tamara SchädlerLIE1:22.90
3943Arijana BorasBIH1:24.48
4039Mónika KovácsHUN1:24.77
4141Carola CalelloARG1:25.08
DNF3Kirsten ClarkUSA
DNF44Yuliya KryginaKAZ
DNS42Simona PăștinaruROU