Alpine skiing at the 1952 Winter Olympics – Women's slalom

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Women's alpine skiing slalom
at the VI Olympic Winter Games
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Rødkleiva, the site of the alpine skiing slalom events
Venue Rødkleiva
Norway Oslo, Norway
Date 20 February 1952
Competitors 40 from 14 nations
Winning time 2:10.6
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Andrea Mead Lawrence  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ossi Reichert  Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Annemarie Buchner  Germany
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A women's slalom event was held at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway as part of the alpine skiing programme.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2] 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).[3]

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.[4] There were a total of 26 gates on the women's course.[3] A total of 14 National Olympic Committees[5] were represented at the event by 40 skiers.[6]

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,[4] 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.[4] It was her second gold medal in Oslo after her giant slalom victory.[4] By winning the title, she became the first American skier to win two gold medals at the same Olympics.[7] 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.[4] Reichert's teammate Annemarie Buchner won bronze.[6]

Results[edit]

The official results as published by the Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games were as follows:[6]

Rank Bib Name Country Run 1 Run 2 Total
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Andrea Mead Lawrence  United States 1:07.2 1:03.4 2:10.6
2nd, silver medalist(s) 19 Ossi Reichert  Germany 1:06.0 1:05.4 2:11.4
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Annemarie Buchner  Germany 1:07.6 1:05.7 2:13.3
4 4 Celina Seghi  Italy 1:06.5 1:07.3 2:13.8
5 36 Imogene Opton  United States 1:07.4 1:06.7 2:14.1
6 7 Madeleine Berthod  Switzerland 1:06.7 1:08.2 2:14.9
7 21 Marysette Agnel  France 1:07.5 1:08.1 2:15.6
8 8 Trude Beiser-Jochum  Austria 1:08.7 1:07.2 2:15.9
8 15 Giuliana Minuzzo  Italy 1:08.0 1:07.9 2:15.9
10 11 Olivia Ausoni  Switzerland 1:07.4 1:09.6 2:17.0
11 16 Borghild Niskin  Norway 1:08.7 1:09.0 2:17.7
12 1 Sarah Thomasson  Sweden 1:09.9 1:08.4 2:18.3
13 37 Joanne Hewson  Canada 1:09.2 1:10.7 2:19.9
14 31 Barbara Grocholska  Poland 1:10.2 1:10.1 2:20.3
15 12 Janette Weston Burr  United States 1:11.2 1:09.3 2:20.5
16 29 Margaretha Jakobsson  Sweden 1:10.4 1:10.2 2:20.6
17 25 Rosi Sailer  Austria 1:09.3 1:11.6 2:20.9
18 34 Margit Hvammen  Norway 1:09.8 1:11.4 2:21.2
19 10 Rhoda Wurtele-Eaves  Canada 1:12.0 1:09.9 2:21.9
20 30 Kerstin Ahlqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 1:12.5 2:23.3
21 2 Katy Rodolph  United States 1:17.6 1:06.4 2:24.0
22 13 Erika Mahringer  Austria 1:18.6 1:08.0 2:26.6
23 26 Karen-Sofie Styrmoe  Norway 1:15.0 1:12.6 2:27.6
24 27 Hilary Laing  Great Britain 1:13.7 1:14.2 2:27.9
25 20 Edmée Abetel  Switzerland 1:13.9 1:14.4 2:28.3
26 28 Lucile Wheeler  Canada 1:12.2 1:16.2 2:28.4
27 43 Ingrid Englund  Sweden 1:14.8 1:13.9 2:28.7
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
30 40 Ildikó Szendrődi  Hungary 1:14.7 1:15.6 2:30.3
31 23 Hannelore Franke  Germany 1:20.7 1:10.1 2:30.8
32 42 Teresa Kodelska  Poland 1:14.7 1:19.0 2:33.7
33 17 Tull Gasmann  Norway 1:29.4 1:07.5 2:36.9
34 41 Maria Kowalska  Poland 1:30.1 1:25.5 2:55.6
35 24 Marianne Seltsam  Germany 1:15.5* 1:50.3 3:05.8
36 9 Dagmar Rom  Austria 1:57.7 1:10.2 3:07.9
37 32 Rosemarie Schutz  Canada 1:56.7 1:12.2 3:08.9
22 Ida Schöpfer  Switzerland 1:24.3 DSQ
6 Andrée Bermond  France DSQ
44 Annette Johnson  New Zealand DSQ

References[edit]

General
  • Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games (1952). VI Olympic Winter Games (PDF) (in Norwegian and English). Oslo: The Organising Committee. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games: Women's Slalom". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 25 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games, p. 201.
  3. ^ a b Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games, p. 202.
  4. ^ a b c d e Kubatko, Justin. "Alpine Skiing at the 1952 Oslo Winter Games: Women's Slalom". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games, p. 147.
  6. ^ a b c Organising Committee for the VI Olympic Winter Games, p. 231.
  7. ^ Lund, Morten (December 2002). "Andrea Mead Lawrence: The Extraordinary Olympian". Skiing Heritage Journal. International Skiing History Association. 14 (4): 11. ISSN 1082-2895. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 

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