Not held in other editions
| Event type

Giant Slalom, Women1

Date 9 February 1998
LocationMt. Yakebitai, Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi
Participants31 from 14 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
DetailsGates: 38 / 36
Length: 936 m
Start Altitude: 1960 m
Vertical Drop: 290 m

The women’s giant slalom was postponed one day because of a snowstorm that interrupted the competition. The heavy favorite was France’s Karine Ruby, who had won all but one World Cup event in 1997-98, and had won the 1996 FIS World Championships. On the first run, she overwhelmed the field, leading by 1.95 second over her teammate, Isabelle Blanc. On the second run Ruby boarded carefully to protect her lead but still won the gold medal by almost two seconds over Germany’s Heidi Renoth. Blanc had the silver medal in her grasp when she missed the final gate on her second run, and fell, sliding across the finish line. Ruby would compete again at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2002 in parallel giant slalom, and switching to boardercross for the 2006 Winter Olympics. She then began training to become a mountain guide and was killed in late May 2009 when she fell into a crevasse on Mont Blanc. Isabelle Blanc returned in 2002 to win the gold medal in the parallel giant slalom.

PosNumberCompetitorNOCTimeRun #1Run #2
1Karine RubyFRA2:17.341:09.33 (1)1:08.01 (6)Gold
2Heidi RenothGER2:19.171:11.92 (5)1:07.25 (3)Silver
3Brigitte KöckAUT2:19.421:13.01 (7)1:06.41 (2)Bronze
4Lidia TrettelITA2:19.711:11.68 (3)1:08.03 (8)
5Ursula FingerlosAUT2:20.361:12.37 (6)1:07.99 (5)
6Marion PoschITA2:21.341:13.32 (8)1:08.02 (7)
7Dagi Mair unter der EggenITA2:22.421:13.35 (9)1:09.07 (13)
8Isabel ZedlacherAUT2:22.921:11.89 (4)1:11.03 (15)
9Sandra FarmandGER2:23.101:14.39 (10)1:08.71 (12)
10Marie BirklSWE2:23.911:15.99 (13)1:07.92 (4)
11Cécile PlancherelSUI2:24.071:15.84 (12)1:08.23 (9)
12Sondra Van ErtUSA2:26.561:17.89 (16)1:08.67 (11)
13Margherita PariniITA2:27.571:21.42 (20)1:06.15 (1)
14Heidi JaufenthalerAUT2:27.941:18.43 (17)1:09.51 (14)
15Shinobu UeshimaJPN2:28.051:16.88 (14)1:11.17 (16)
16Charlotte BernardFRA2:28.731:14.43 (11)1:14.30 (18)
17Nathalie DesmaresFRA2:29.851:21.43 (21)1:08.42 (10)
18Renata KellerSUI2:31.801:19.48 (19)1:12.32 (17)
19Małgorzata RosiakPOL2:41.571:19.41 (18)1:22.16 (20)
20Mariya DimovaBUL2:42.841:23.31 (23)1:19.53 (19)
21Marousa PappouGRE2:56.531:33.55 (24)1:22.98 (21)
DNFIsabelle BlancFRA1:11.28 (2)– (DQ)2
DNFPolona ZupanSLO1:16.90 (15)– (DNF)
DNFSteffi von SiebenthalSUI1:21.93 (22)
DQBetsy ShawUSA– (DQ)
DNFRosey FletcherUSA– (DNF)
DNFBurgel HeckmairGER– (DNF)
DNFLisa KosglowUSA– (DNF)
DNFJana ŠedováSVK– (DNF)
DNFJagna MarczułajtisPOL– (DNF)
DNFPamela BellNZL– (DNF)