Swiss teenage skier Marie Therese Nadig, who took her second gold medal of the Winter Olympics in Sapporo on Tuesday (February 8) by winning the women's giant slalom, made her run in a blinding snow-storm.
Swiss teenage skier Marie Therese Nadig, who took her second gold medal of the Winter Olympics in Sapporo on Tuesday (February 8) by winning the women's giant slalom, made her run in a blinding snow-storm. It followed her earlier victory in the women's downhill, and upset a good Austrian time of one minute 30.75 seconds. Miss Nadig completed the soft and difficult slalom almost a second faster -- in one minute 20.90.
This film shows the 17-year-old champion making her winning run, and Karen Magnussen of Canada skating her way to the silver medal in the women's free skating contest the previous day (February 7).
SYNOPSIS: Sapporo, Japan......and the giant slalom course on Mount Teine. On Tuesday, it was the women's contest, and following some good times completed in a blinding snowstorm, 17-year-old Swiss skier Marie Therese Nadig prepared to take her turn. She had already won a gold medal in the women's downhill, and in this event she took her second -- to the delight of her team-mates and astonishment of other skiers, for she was competing against a good time set by Austrian skier Annemarie Proell. Miss Nadig crossed the finishing line in one minute 29.90 seconds, almost a full second ahead of Miss Proell. With a fellow team-mate taking the men's downhill, this meant all the Alpine gold medals until then had gone to Switzerland.
The previous day, on Monday, Canada's Karen Magnussen -- a small blonde 10-year-old student from Vancouver -- took the silver medal in the women's free-skating contest. At one stage she fell midway through her display, while landing after a two-and-a-half-point jump turn, but she recovered quickly and earned enough points to squeeze into second place a few points ahead of her rival, United States Champion Janet Lynn. Miss Magnussen's score -- 2,673.2 points and 23.0 ordinals.