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Giant Slalom, Women

Date18 February 2014
StatusOlympic
LocationGornolyzhniy Tsenter Rosa Khutor, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants89 from 48 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)Christian ThomaSWE
Course Setter (Run 2)Livio MagoniITA
Venue detailsGates: 54
Length: ?
Start Altitude: 1365 m
Vertical Drop: 400 m

The fourth women’s Alpine sking event in Sochi was held on Tuesday, 18 February, with the starting times for both runs moved up 90 minutes to avoid melting snow due to the warm weather. The course loacted in the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center started at an altitude of 1,365 metres on a separate slope and after halfway, at the “Serpentine” passage, and then followed the lower part of the downhill course to the finish area. The terrain was described as easy, which could presage a close race. The five World Cup giant slaloms of the season underway saw five different winners with Lara Gut (Sölden), Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (Beaver Creek), Tessa Worley (St. Moritz), Tina Weirather (Val d’Isère), and Anna Fenninger (Lienz), who also represented five different nations. The current World Cup standing was topped by Lindell-Vikarby in front of Pietilä-Holmner, Weirather, and Fenninger. The 2010 gold medalist Viktoria Rebensburg also won the giant slalom World Cup in 2010/11 and 2011/12, while Vancouver silver medalist Tina Maze was 2011 World champion and won the giant slalom World Cup in 2012/13. The reigning World champion from 2013 was Worley, but she missed the Games after tearing her right ACL shortly before Christmas in the World Cup slalom in Courchevel only two days after her win in St. Moritz.

As in 2010 weather conditions were influential in determining the outcome of this race, with snow at the top of the course turning to rain at the bottom. In the first run this favored the early skiers. First to go was Tina Maze (SLO), who set what proved to be the fastest time of 1:17.88. Behind her was the next starter Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) who was 0.52 seconds behind. As skiers struggled with the conditions, Anna Fenninger (AUT) posted a good time of 1:18.73, followed by the young American skier Mikaela Shiffrin with a time of 1:18.79. Defending champion Viktoria Rebensberg (GER) came next, but was some 1.36 seconds off the pace of Maze. Only Nadia Fanchini (ITA) was able to threaten the leader, posting a time of 1:18.53 to finish in third place at the end of the first run.

With the top 30 going in reverse order, Rebensberg was to take the lead, her run of 1:17.90 proving to be the fastest second run, and a combined time of 2:37.14 setting the target. Shiffrin could not improve on this and finished 0.23 seconds behind the leader. However Fenninger was to take over the lead with the third fastest second run, setting a new target of 2:36.94. Fanchini was unable to defeat either of the two leading times and Lindell-Vikarby did not have a good second run, putting her down to seventh place. Going last Maze had a relatively slow run (11th fastest), but had enough in hand over Fenninger to hang on and win her second gold medal by 0.07 seconds. The second fastest in the second run was Lara Gut (SUI), but a poor first run cost her any chance of a medal and she finished in ninth place.

With her second gold at this Games Maze become the most sucessful Alpine skier in Sochi. She also won a second gold medal for skiing manufacturer Stöckli, while Fenninger used Head and Rebensburg won the sole medal at this Games for Nordica, with bronze. Six different nations placed in the top six and all also used different skis. Finishing in 55th place Alessia Afi Dipol became the first Alpine skiing competitor for Togo, only five days after Mathilde Amivi Petitjean represented this country for the first time in Winter Olympics. Back in 65th position Elise Pellegrin was the first ever Winter Olympic competitor from Malta and in 67th place was Vanessa Vanakorn, the first Alpine skier from Thailand. She was much better known as Vanessa-Mae, world famous violinist, who was reported to have sold over 10 million albums. Having dual nationality (British and Thai) she elected to ski for Thailand under her father’s name.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
11Tina MazeSLO2:36.871:17.88 (1)1:18.99 (11)Gold
25Anna FenningerAUT2:36.941:18.73 (4)1:18.21 (3)Silver
37Viktoria RebensburgGER2:37.141:19.24 (6)1:17.90 (1)Bronze
410Nadia FanchiniITA2:37.251:18.53 (3)1:18.72 (7)
56Mikaela ShiffrinUSA2:37.371:18.79 (5)1:18.58 (6)
69Maria Pietilä-HolmnerSWE2:37.821:19.45 (7)1:18.37 (5)
72Jessica Lindell-VikarbySWE2:38.021:18.40 (2)1:19.62 (20)
812Anémone MarmottanFRA2:38.481:19.69 (9)1:18.79 (9)
94Lara GutSUI2:38.641:20.54 (16)1:18.10 (2)
1014Dominique GisinSUI2:39.581:19.99 (11)1:19.59 (19)
1118Elisabeth GörglAUT2:39.641:19.84 (10)1:19.80 (22)
1222Michaela KirchgasserAUT2:39.811:20.39 (13)1:19.42 (=15)
1316Frida HansdotterSWE2:39.851:20.51 (15)1:19.34 (14)
=1424Anne-Sophie BarthetFRA2:39.881:20.71 (17)1:19.17 (12)
=1419Tanja PoutiainenFIN2:39.881:20.12 (12)1:19.76 (21)
1623Francesca MarsagliaITA2:39.921:21.63 (26)1:18.29 (4)
1720Nina LøsethNOR2:39.961:20.78 (18)1:19.18 (13)
1825Kajsa KlingSWE2:40.301:20.47 (14)1:19.83 (=23)
193Kathrin ZettelAUT2:40.331:21.60 (25)1:18.73 (8)
2032Katarina LavtarSLO2:40.641:21.22 (19)1:19.42 (=15)
2136Erin MielzynskiCAN2:40.691:21.25 (20)1:19.44 (18)
2228Adeline BaudFRA2:40.911:21.49 (22)1:19.42 (=15)
2330Lotte SejerstedNOR2:41.451:22.49 (30)1:18.96 (10)
2442Petra VlhováSVK2:41.691:21.86 (27)1:19.83 (=23)
2538Barbara WirthGER2:41.731:21.35 (21)1:20.38 (27)
2635Fabienne SuterSUI2:42.061:22.07 (28)1:19.99 (25)
2729Mona LøsethNOR2:42.121:21.50 (=23)1:20.62 (28)
2843Nevena IgnjatovićSRB2:42.461:22.14 (29)1:20.32 (26)
2941Resi StieglerUSA2:44.071:22.69 (32)1:21.38 (29)
3033Megan McJamesUSA2:44.371:22.77 (33)1:21.60 (30)
3152Ilka ŠtuhecSLO2:44.851:23.03 (34)1:21.82 (31)
3239Maryna Gąsienica-DanielPOL2:45.501:23.18 (35)1:22.32 (34)
3357Karolina ChrapekPOL2:45.811:23.89 (36)1:21.92 (32)
3470Edit MiklósHUN2:46.591:24.40 (41)1:22.19 (33)
3556Andrea KomšićCRO2:46.611:24.24 (38)1:22.37 (35)
3659Mariya KirkovaBUL2:47.591:24.11 (37)1:23.48 (40)
3751Žana NovakovićBIH2:47.781:24.54 (42)1:23.24 (38)
3847Barbara KantorováSVK2:47.811:24.72 (43)1:23.09 (36)
3955Macarena Simari BirknerARG2:47.851:24.74 (44)1:23.11 (37)
4062Lavinia ChrystalAUS2:48.571:25.18 (46)1:23.39 (39)
4145Greta SmallAUS2:49.661:25.22 (47)1:24.44 (42)
4240Noelle BarahonaCHI2:49.861:25.02 (45)1:24.84 (43)
4365Bohdana MatsotskaUKR2:50.531:25.25 (48)1:25.28 (45)
4464Maryia ShkanavaBLR2:50.581:26.79 (52)1:23.79 (41)
4560Barbara LukáčováSVK2:50.661:25.59 (49)1:25.07 (44)
4663Helga María VilhjálmsdóttirISL2:51.911:26.39 (51)1:25.52 (46)
4748Salomé BáncoraARG2:52.041:25.88 (50)1:26.16 (47)
4866Anna BereczHUN2:54.051:26.96 (53)1:27.09 (48)
4967Nino TsiklauriGEO2:55.341:27.27 (54)1:28.07 (50)
5069Emily BamfordAUS2:55.801:28.57 (56)1:27.23 (49)
5168Ania CaillROU2:57.261:28.53 (55)1:28.73 (51)
5278Erla ÁsgeirsdóttirISL3:01.661:30.15 (57)1:31.51 (54)
5358Kim So-HuiKOR3:01.831:31.47 (59)1:30.36 (52)
5472Maya HarrissonBRA3:01.861:30.31 (58)1:31.55 (55)
5585Alessia Afi DipolTOG3:02.801:31.66 (60)1:31.14 (53)
5674Jasmine CampbellISV3:05.051:32.05 (62)1:33.00 (57)
5790Ornella OettlPER3:06.321:32.87 (64)1:33.45 (58)
5884Sophia RalliGRE3:06.471:33.63 (66)1:32.84 (56)
5979Camile DiasPOR3:07.631:32.70 (63)1:34.93 (63)
6082Suela MëhilliALB3:07.911:33.55 (65)1:34.36 (60)
6177Triin TobiEST3:09.171:34.65 (68)1:34.52 (=61)
6286Kenza TaziMAR3:09.791:35.27 (69)1:34.52 (=61)
6389Tuğba KocaagaTUR3:09.801:36.04 (70)1:33.76 (59)
6480Kseniya GrigoryevaUZB3:11.541:34.56 (67)1:36.98 (65)
6581Élise PellegrinMLT3:13.121:36.85 (72)1:36.27 (64)
6671Xia LinaCHN3:15.621:37.03 (73)1:38.59 (66)
6787Vanessa VanakornTHA3:26.971:44.86 (74)1:42.11 (67)
AC15Denise KarbonITA1:19.49 (8)– (AC)DNF
AC26Ragnhild MowinckelNOR1:21.50 (=23)– (AC)DNF
AC44Mariya BedaryovaRUS1:24.26 (40)– (AC)DNF
AC50Maruša FerkSLO1:22.57 (31)– (AC)DNF
AC54Sofija NovoselićCRO1:24.25 (39)– (AC)DNF
AC76Agnese ĀboltiņaLAT1:31.85 (61)– (AC)DNF
AC83Ieva JanuškevičiūtėLTU1:36.79 (71)– (AC)DNF
AC8Marie-Michèle GagnonCAN– (AC)DNF
AC11Federica BrignoneITA– (AC)DNF
AC17Julia MancusoUSA– (AC)DNF
AC21Marie-Pier PréfontaineCAN– (AC)DNF
AC27Marion BertrandFRA– (AC)DNF
AC31Wendy HoldenerSUI– (AC)DNF
AC34Kateřina PauláthováCZE– (AC)DNF
AC37Šárka StrachováCZE– (AC)DNF
AC46Martina DubovskáCZE– (AC)DNF
AC49Julietta QuirogaARG– (AC)DNF
AC53Mireia GutiérrezAND– (AC)DNF
AC61Kristína SaalováSVK– (AC)DNF
AC73Lelde GasūnaLAT– (AC)DNF
AC75Florence BellIRL– (AC)DNF
AC88Federica SelvaSMR– (AC)DNF
DNS13Maria Höfl-RieschGER– (DNS)