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Downhill, Women

Date15 February 2006 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSan Sicario Fraìteve (Fraiteve Olympique)
Participants44 from 19 countries
Course SetterJan TischhauserSUI
Venue detailsGates: 43
Length: 3058 m
Start Altitude: 2538 m
Vertical Drop: 800 m

Nobody had really dominated women’s downhill since the 2002 Winter Olympics, but the two best skiers had been the Austrians Renate Götschl and Michaela Dorfmeister. Götschl was World Cup Champion in 2004 and 2005, while Dorfmeister won that title in 2003 and was leading in 2006, and had also been the 2001 World Champion. Dorfmeister came down 23rd, followed by Götschl, with the leader the Swiss skier Nadia Styger when Dorfmeister left the starthouse. Dorfmeister posted 1:56.49 to move into the lead, and waited for Götschl’s run. But Götschl had several errors and would finish only fourth, as Dorfmeister would win the gold medal. Martina Schild (SUI) won the silver medal, with the bronze going to Sweden’s Anja Pärson. Pärson had already won four gold medals at the World Championships from 2001-2005, but none in the downhill.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
123Michaela DorfmeisterAUT1:56.49Gold
226Martina SchildSUI1:56.86Silver
329Anja PärsonSWE1:57.13Bronze
424Renate GötschlAUT1:57.20
520Nadia StygerSUI1:57.62
619Petra HaltmayrGER1:57.69
728Julia MancusoUSA1:57.71
=831Lindsey KildowUSA1:57.78
=811Alexandra MeissnitzerAUT1:57.78
1022Nadia FanchiniITA1:57.84
1114Chemmy AlcottGBR1:57.85
1225Fränzi AufdenblattenSUI1:57.96
1327Lucia RecchiaITA1:58.30
143Sylviane BerthodSUI1:58.36
151Marie Marchand-ArvierFRA1:58.39
165Ingrid JacquemodFRA1:58.46
1718Janette HarginSWE1:58.53
1815Jessica Lindell-VikarbySWE1:58.56
1916Stacey CookUSA1:58.70
2021Emily BrydonCAN1:58.97
2113Kirsten ClarkUSA1:59.07
2233Nike BentSWE1:59.17
2338Dagný Linda KristjánsdóttirISL1:59.43
2430Kelly VanderbeekCAN1:59.63
258Petra RobnikSLO1:59.66
264Shona RubensCAN2:00.30
276Sherry LawrenceCAN2:00.47
2834Carole Montillet-CarlesFRA2:01.03
2917Elena FanchiniITA2:01.06
302Carolina RuizESP2:01.09
3135Alexandra ColettiMON2:01.34
329Daniela MerighettiITA2:01.76
3336Olesya AliyevaRUS2:02.06
3437Chirine NjeimLBN2:02.86
3539Soňa MaculováSVK2:03.63
3642Jana GantnerováSVK2:04.60
3741Eva HučkováSVK2:05.32
3843Andrea CasasnovasESP2:06.73
3944Miriam VázquezARG2:07.42
4045Christelle DouibiALG2:09.68
AC7Tina WeiratherLIEDNF
AC10Urška RabičSLODNF
AC12Elisabeth GörglAUTDNF
AC40Leire MorlansESPDNF
DNS32Janica KostelićCRO