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Giant Slalom, Women

Date20 February 1998
StatusOlympic
LocationMt. Higashidate, Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi
Participants56 from 25 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)Severino BotteroITA
Course Setter (Run 2)Thierry MeynetSUI
Venue detailsGates: 57 / ?
Length: ?
Start Altitude: 1923 m
Vertical Drop: 393 m

Italy’s Deborah Compagnoni was the defending champion, had won the 1996 and 1997 World Championships, and was leading the 1998 World Cup race coming into Nagano, although only narrowly over German Martina Ertl. This was the final Alpine event in Nagano, and it was conducted in poor conditions, with rain and light snow worsening the course as the competition progressed, favoring the early skiiers. But conditions did not affect Compagnoni, who won both runs of the giant slalom, as she had done in 1994, to defend her title in this event. After her 1992 super-G gold medal, this made Compagnoni the first Alpine skier to win gold medals at three Winter Olympic Games. Ertl would eventually finish fourth, trailing the silver medalist, Austrian Alexandra Meissnitzer, and the bronze medalist, Germany’s redoubtable Katja Seizinger. Meissnitzer had also won bronze in the super-G, while for Seizinger, this was her fifth Olympic medal – three gold and two bronze. Seizinger retired after the 1998 season, having won 36 World Cup races, and 11 season World Cup titles, two overall, four in super-G, and five in GS. Compagnoni’s career, by comparison, was much different. She won only one World Cup title, and 17 races, but she came thru in the big events, winning three gold medals at the Winter Olympics and three at the World Championships.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
14Deborah CompagnoniITA2:50.591:18.94 (1)1:31.65 (1)Gold
25Alexandra MeissnitzerAUT2:52.391:20.13 (4)1:32.26 (2)Silver
36Katja SeizingerGER2:52.611:20.19 (5)1:32.42 (4)Bronze
47Martina ErtlGER2:52.721:20.38 (7)1:32.34 (3)
511Sophie Lefranc-DuvillardFRA2:53.271:19.88 (2)1:33.39 (8)
613Heidi ZurbriggenSUI2:53.611:20.31 (6)1:33.30 (6)
714Anna OttossonSWE2:53.811:20.48 (8)1:33.33 (7)
823Sabina PanzaniniITA2:54.091:20.97 (10)1:33.12 (5)
920Birgit HeebLIE2:54.701:21.27 (11)1:33.43 (9)
103Andrine FlemmenNOR2:54.941:20.04 (3)1:34.90 (15)
1117Pernilla WibergSWE2:55.401:21.48 (14)1:33.92 (10)
1229María José RiendaESP2:55.541:21.57 (15)1:33.97 (11)
1310Hilde GergGER2:55.891:21.45 (13)1:34.44 (13)
1421Martina FortkordSWE2:56.351:21.99 (18)1:34.36 (12)
159Steffi SchusterAUT2:56.411:21.40 (12)1:35.01 (16)
1612Karin RotenSUI2:56.961:20.91 (9)1:36.05 (23)
1725Alenka DovžanSLO2:57.351:22.57 (20)1:34.78 (14)
1815Urška HrovatSLO2:57.441:21.61 (16)1:35.83 (21)
1924Catherine BorghiSUI2:58.421:21.90 (17)1:36.52 (24)
=2032Nataša BokalSLO2:58.461:22.86 (21)1:35.60 (19)
=2028Christiane MitterwallnerAUT2:58.461:23.10 (24)1:35.36 (17)
2249Kristine KristiansenNOR2:58.711:23.04 (22)1:35.67 (20)
2322Karen PutzerITA2:59.041:22.15 (19)1:36.89 (26)
2446Janica KostelićCRO2:59.391:23.45 (25)1:35.94 (22)
2530Kazuko IkedaJPN3:00.711:23.06 (23)1:37.65 (28)
2627Tanja PoutiainenFIN3:01.661:24.90 (27)1:36.76 (25)
2740Kumiko KashiwagiJPN3:01.911:26.33 (31)1:35.58 (18)
2833Julie ParisienUSA3:02.781:25.34 (30)1:37.44 (27)
2938Junko YamakawaJPN3:03.951:24.93 (28)1:39.02 (30)
3031Regina HäuslGER3:04.571:26.37 (32)1:38.20 (29)
3155Ilze ĀbolaLAT3:14.501:30.66 (33)1:43.84 (31)
3254Mónika KovácsHUN3:15.561:30.73 (34)1:44.83 (32)
3358Jana NikolovskaMKD3:29.971:38.14 (35)1:51.83 (33)
3459Sofia MystriotiGRE3:32.201:39.76 (36)1:52.44 (34)
AC34Sarah SchleperUSA1:23.63 (26)– (AC)DNF
AC37Alex ShafferUSA1:25.02 (29)– (AC)DNF
AC1Sonja NefSUI– (AC)DNF
AC2Leïla PiccardFRA– (AC)DNF
AC8Ana GalindoESP– (AC)DNF
AC18Ylva NowénSWE– (AC)DNF
AC19Špela PretnarSLO– (AC)DNF
AC26Ainhoa IbarraESP– (AC)DNF
AC35Caroline LaliveUSA– (AC)DNF
AC36Lucie HrstkováCZE– (AC)DNF
AC39Tamara SchädlerLIE– (AC)DNF
AC41Ingeborg Helen MarkenNOR– (AC)DNF
AC42Noriyo HiroiJPN– (AC)DNF
AC43Diana FehrLIE– (AC)DNF
AC44Sophie OrmondGBR– (AC)DNF
AC45Carola CalelloARG– (AC)DNF
AC47Vicky GrauAND– (AC)DNF
AC48Theódóra MathiesenISL– (AC)DNF
AC50Henna RaitaFIN– (AC)DNF
AC51Brynja ÞorsteinsdóttirISL– (AC)DNF
AC52Arijana BorasBIH– (AC)DNF
AC53Katrine HvidsteenDEN– (AC)DNF
DNS16Isolde KostnerITA– (DNS)
DNS56Yuliya KryginaKAZ– (DNS)
DNS57Yuliya KharkivskaUKR– (DNS)