Nineteen-year-old Marianne Jahn from Austria gained her second gold medal in the World Ski Games at Chamonix when she won the special slalom after a terrific duel in a blinding snowstorm with 16-year-old Marielle Goitschell of France.
Nineteen-year-old Marianne Jahn from Austria gained her second gold medal in the World Ski Games at Chamonix when she won the special slalom after a terrific duel in a blinding snowstorm with 16-year-old Marielle Goitschell of France. Another Austrian - Erika Netzer, who was runner-up to Fraulein Jahn in the giant slalom on Sunday - finished third in this event.
It was a far more exacting test of ski-ing than the giant slalom. With light snow falling on the frozen surface, the course was so severe that 22 of the 45 starters had falls and all the girl competitors had to contend with the bitter cold.
Fraulein Jahn twice nearly fell on the tricky course in her first run when she finished second to Mlle. Goitschell. The course, set on the slopes of Mont Blanc with 51 gates and a drop of 150 metres, was completed in 48.55 seconds by Mlle. Goitschell on her first run. Fraulein Jahn took 48.63 seconds.
The second began in better visibility with the driving snow easing up for the climax. When Mlle. Goitschell returned the fast time of 47.75 seconds her French supporters were all ready to cheer her victory. But Fraulein Jahn had other ideas and with a brilliant run, taking gates by a hairsbreadth each time, she clocked 46.21 seconds to give her victory with an aggregate time of 94.84 seconds. Experts said it was probably the best run ever accomplished by a girl.
Fraulein Jahn's Austrian colleague, Erika Netzer, won the bronze medal with runs of 48.71 and 49.41 seconds.