Alpine skiing at the 1952 Winter Olympics – Women's slalom
|Women's alpine skiing slalom|
at the VI Olympic Winter Games
Rødkleiva, the site of the alpine skiing slalom events
|Date||20 February 1952|
|Competitors||40 from 14 nations|
|Alpine skiing at the|
1952 Winter Olympics
On 24 January, a decision was taken that Rødkleiva would hold the slalom events, but at that time there was only 10 inches (25 cm) of snow at the site and additional work lasting three days had to be done to ensure the hill would be usable for training and the races. However, the athletes had to shift their training to Norefjell by 9 February after more problems with the snow resulted in the hill "[looking] almost like a skating rink" according to the official report. It took a further week of work by the military, volunteers and hired help to spread 220,000 cubic feet (6,200 m3) of snow resulting in a new snow depth of around 12–16 inches (30–41 cm).
The event eventually took place as scheduled on 20 February, a day after the men's slalom races. It was the final alpine skiing event of the Games. There were a total of 26 gates on the women's course. A total of 14 National Olympic Committees were represented at the event by 40 skiers.
Andrea Mead Lawrence, representing the United States, and Dagmar Rom, representing Austria, were considered to be the favourites in the event. However, both skiers suffered falls on their first run, with Mead Lawrence placing fourth and Rom finishing last, effectively putting the latter out of contention. Mead Lawrence managed to post the best time of the second runs, enough to win the gold medal. It was her second gold medal in Oslo after her giant slalom victory. By winning the title, she became the first American skier to win two gold medals at the same Olympics. Ossi Reichert, who led the field after the first run, finished two seconds behind Mead Lawrence in the second run and ended up second overall. Reichert's teammate Annemarie Buchner won bronze.
The official results as published by the Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games were as follows:
|Rank||Bib||Name||Country||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|5||Andrea Mead Lawrence||United States||1:07.2||1:03.4||2:10.6|
|5||36||Imogene Opton||United States||1:07.4||1:06.7||2:14.1|
|15||12||Janette Weston Burr||United States||1:11.2||1:09.3||2:20.5|
|21||2||Katy Rodolph||United States||1:17.6||1:06.4||2:24.0|
|24||27||Hilary Laing||Great Britain||1:13.7||1:14.2||2:27.9|
|28||33||Sheena Mackintosh||Great Britain||1:16.2||1:13.2||2:29.4|
|29||35||Ana Maria Dellai||Argentina||1:14.4||1:15.3||2:29.7|
|44||Annette Johnson||New Zealand||DSQ|
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- Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games, p. 201.
- Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games, p. 202.
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