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Giant Slalom, Women1

Date15 February 2018 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationYongpyong Alpine Centre, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong (Rainbow 1)
Participants79 from 48 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)Giovanni RulfiITA
Course Setter (Run 2)Livio MagoniITA
Venue detailsGates: 51
Length: ?
Start Altitude: 1,365 m
Vertical Drop: 400 m

For the first time since 1984 the women’s Alpine skiing program started with the giant slalom, but in 1984 this was due to the postponement of the downhill, while this time the giant slalom was the first scheduled event. Originally scheduled for 12 February, the race was postponed to the 15th due to strong winds, which would have made the giant slalom follow the slalom, originally scheduled for the 14th, but the slalom was also postponed.

The giant slalom World Cup season saw Viktoria Rebensburg, the bronze medalist from Sochi and silver medalist at the 2015 World Championships, in the lead. She was followed by Tessa Worley, who won the last race before the Olympics in Lenzerheide and was also the giant slalom Crystal Globe winner from the last season (2016/17) as well as the reigning World Champion. In third place was the runner-up in giant slalom at the 2017 World Championships, Mikaela Shiffrin. Considered contenders were Federica Brignone, who already won one race this season, and Ragnhild Mowinckel. The gold medalist from Sochi, Tina Maze, had already retired, while the silver medalist Anna Veith, who won the giant slalom World Cup in 2013/14 and 2014/15 and was also the 2015 World Champion, was returning after surgeries on both knees. The 2015/16 World Cup champion Eva-Maria Brem failed to qualify for the Games after breaking her left tibia and fibula in a November 2016 crash.

The race started under sunny, but cold conditions, -9° C. at the start. Manuela Mölgg led off and surprisingly no one was able to beat her time of 1:10.62. Next to her was Shiffrin in second, Brignone in third and Mowinckel in fourth position with the first nine athletes within a second. Rebensburg was only in eighth and Worley down in 14th, a full 1.42 seconds behind Mölgg. In the second run Estelle Alphand, who started early, set the fastest run time with Worley only 1/100th of a second behind, but neither got near the medals because of their weak first runs. The win went to the world’s dominant skier, Mikaela Shiffrin, with Mowickel in second and Brignone in third. The leader after the first run, Mölgg, who never won a World Cup race, dropped down to eighth place.

Mowinckel also made history in becoming the first ever Norwegian woman to win a medal in giant slalom, which was only the second Alpine skiing medal for Norwegian women after a bronze medal won in combined by Laila Schou Nilsen, back in 1936. In 48th place was Mialitiana Clerc of Madagascar, who became the first ever female Alpine skier from her country. Finishing in 56th place, Arabella Ng was the first ever Alpine skier from Hong Kong, while Kenyan Sabrina Simader was not able to finish the race, but was the first Alpine skier from her country. Shiffrin won the race on Atomic skis, Mowinckel used Head, Brignone skied on Rossignol, Rebensburg used Stöckli, and Bassino in fifth was on Salomon, with the first five finishers using different skis.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
17Mikaela ShiffrinUSA2:20.021:10.82 (2)1:09.20 (4)Gold
26Ragnhild MowinckelNOR2:20.411:11.17 (4)1:09.24 (5)Silver
33Federica BrignoneITA2:20.481:10.91 (3)1:09.57 (8)Bronze
45Viktoria RebensburgGER2:20.601:11.45 (8)1:09.15 (3)
513Marta BassinoITA2:20.691:11.19 (5)1:09.50 (7)
616Frida HansdotterSWE2:21.051:11.32 (7)1:09.73 (11)
72Tessa WorleyFRA2:21.061:12.06 (14)1:09.00 (2)
81Manuela MölggITA2:21.201:10.62 (1)1:10.58 (23)
911Wendy HoldenerSUI2:21.271:11.92 (13)1:09.35 (6)
109Sara HectorSWE2:21.531:11.22 (6)1:10.31 (=19)
1114Sofia GoggiaITA2:21.801:11.64 (=10)1:10.16 (18)
1218Anna VeithAUT2:22.101:12.43 (15)1:09.67 (10)
1310Petra VlhováSVK2:22.131:11.71 (12)1:10.42 (21)
1419Meta HrovatSLO2:22.351:12.76 (16)1:09.59 (9)
1520Nina Haver-LøsethNOR2:23.101:13.13 (18)1:09.97 (13)
1622Estelle AlphandSWE2:23.221:14.23 (26)1:08.99 (1)
1723Ricarda HaaserAUT2:23.361:13.37 (19)1:09.99 (14)
1826Kristin LysdahlNOR2:23.401:13.45 (21)1:09.95 (12)
1928Taïna BariozFRA2:23.601:13.54 (23)1:10.06 (15)
2025Adeline Baud MugnierFRA2:23.931:12.89 (17)1:11.04 (26)
2129Ana BucikSLO2:24.091:13.38 (20)1:10.71 (24)
2217Tina WeiratherLIE2:24.221:14.08 (25)1:10.14 (17)
2349Ester LedeckáCZE2:24.691:14.62 (29)1:10.07 (16)
2424Bernadette SchildAUT2:24.811:14.50 (28)1:10.31 (=19)
2537Candace CrawfordCAN2:25.161:14.70 (30)1:10.46 (22)
2633Nevena IgnjatovićSRB2:25.401:14.41 (27)1:10.99 (25)
2738Maryna Gąsienica-DanielPOL2:25.691:13.89 (24)1:11.80 (28)
2821Simone WildSUI2:26.751:13.52 (22)1:13.23 (33)
2954Gabriela CapováCZE2:27.421:15.80 (34)1:11.62 (27)
3046Anastasiya SilantyevaOAR2:27.951:15.67 (32)1:12.28 (29)
3131Megan McJamesUSA2:28.391:16.00 (35)1:12.39 (30)
3248Andrea KomšićCRO2:28.501:15.54 (31)1:12.96 (32)
3332Haruna IshikawaJPN2:28.991:16.49 (36)1:12.50 (31)
3455Ida ŠtimacCRO2:31.181:16.86 (40)1:14.32 (36)
3535Alice RobinsonNZL2:31.191:16.66 (37)1:14.53 (38)
3657Resi StieglerUSA2:31.741:16.72 (38)1:15.02 (40)
3739Soňa MoravčíkováSVK2:31.991:17.88 (43)1:14.11 (34)
3847Maryia ShkanavaBLR2:32.331:18.17 (45)1:14.16 (35)
3951Kim VanreuselBEL2:32.521:17.60 (41)1:14.92 (39)
4062Mariya KirkovaBUL2:32.771:18.39 (46)1:14.38 (37)
4158Barbara KantorováSVK2:32.941:17.74 (42)1:15.20 (41)
4245Nicol GastaldiARG2:33.441:18.06 (44)1:15.38 (43)
4350Lelde GasūnaLAT2:33.951:18.65 (47)1:15.30 (42)
4468Elvedina MuzaferijaBIH2:34.901:19.33 (49)1:15.57 (44)
4553Kim So-HuiKOR2:35.371:19.13 (48)1:16.24 (45)
4661Nino TsiklauriGEO2:36.931:20.02 (=51)1:16.91 (46)
4756Gang Yeong-SeoKOR2:37.061:19.67 (50)1:17.39 (48)
4866Mialitiana ClercMAD2:39.001:21.82 (55)1:17.18 (47)
4976Szonja HozmannHUN2:39.391:21.77 (54)1:17.62 (49)
5065Tess ArbezIRL2:40.241:22.12 (56)1:18.12 (50)
5169Mariya GrigorovaKAZ2:41.191:22.42 (57)1:18.77 (51)
5270Sophia RalliGRE2:41.661:22.46 (58)1:19.20 (52)
5373Suela MëhilliALB2:46.571:24.67 (60)1:21.90 (54)
5472Ieva JanuškevičiūtėLTU2:47.021:26.38 (62)1:20.64 (53)
5564Kong FanyingCHN2:49.881:26.30 (61)1:23.58 (56)
5674Arabella NgHKG2:50.541:27.25 (63)1:23.29 (55)
5778Özlem ÇarıkçıoğluTUR2:53.001:27.71 (64)1:25.29 (57)
5879Jelena VujičićMNE2:58.651:30.53 (66)1:28.12 (58)
AC4Stephanie BrunnerAUT1:11.53 (9)– (AC)DNF
AC12Ana DrevSLO1:11.64 (=10)– (AC)DNF
AC36Valerie GrenierCAN1:15.74 (33)– (AC)DNF
AC40Sarah SchleperMEX1:16.80 (39)– (AC)DNF
AC60Freydís Halla EinarsdóttirISL1:20.02 (=51)– (AC)DNF
AC63Olha KnyshUKR1:20.51 (53)– (AC)DNF
AC67Sabrina SimaderKEN1:23.27 (59)– (AC)DNF
AC77Mariann Mimi MarótyHUN1:29.74 (65)1:24.30 (AC)DQ2
AC81Kim Ryon-HyangPRK1:40.22 (67)1:37.09 (AC)DQ3
AC8Lara GutSUI– (AC)DNF
AC15Tina RobnikSLO– (AC)DNF
AC27Alex TilleyGBR– (AC)DNF
AC30Leona PopovićCRO– (AC)DNF
AC34Tricia ManganUSA– (AC)DNF
AC41Kateřina PauláthováCZE– (AC)DNF
AC42Noelle BarahonaCHI– (AC)DNF
AC43Maren SkjøldNOR– (AC)DNF
AC44Martina DubovskáCZE– (AC)DNF
AC75Alexia SchenkelTHA– (AC)DNF
AC80Anna Lotta JõgevaEST– (AC)DNF
AC71Élise PellegrinMLT1:41.17 (AC)DQ4
DNS52Lana ZbašnikCRO– (DNS)
DNS59Ania CaillROU– (DNS)