Francoise Macchi of France won the women's giant slalom in the World Cup Ski meeting at the Pohorje course near Maribor, Yugoslavia on Friday (7 January).
Francoise Macchi of France won the women's giant slalom in the World Cup Ski meeting at the Pohorje course near Maribor, Yugoslavia on Friday (7 January). Some 10,000 people looked on as she weaved home less than a second faster than fellow-countrywoman Michelle Jacot over the two run Third among the international field was one of the favourite's -- Austria's Annemarie Proll.
The giant slalom event sets its gates farther and wider apart than both the downhill and slalom. In this case the skiers had to tackle 47 gates over the 1,020-metre run, with a vertical drop of 265 metres.
SYNOPSIS: The slopes of Pohorje, Yugoslavia -- on Friday the scene of the women's giant slalom course at the World Cup ski meeting.
An international field had to tackle the rigours of a 1,020-metre run...with a vertical drop of 265 metres.
Among the 76 competitors, Britain's Gina Hathorn. She faced the special pitfalls of the giant slalom gates set father and wider apart then in the downhill all slalom events. There were 74 to weave past. Some 24 of the starters either fell or were disqualify over the two runs.
Michelle Jacot of France earned herself second place after a superb run.
Her country-woman, Francoise Macchi -- less than a second faster -- stole the honours. Her time -- two minutes 11.9 seconds.
In third place, Austria's Annemarie Proll -- who'd been one of the hot favourites for the title. She clocked two minutes 13.87 seconds.
10,000 people were present to applaud the medal winners, after this, the first time women skiers have taken on two successive gant slaloms.