at the XIV Olympic Winter Games
|Competitors||32 from 13 nations|
|Vertical||547 m (1,795 ft)|
|Top elevation||1,872 m (6,142 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,325 m (4,347 ft)|
The defending world champion was Gerry Sorensen of Canada, while Switzerland's Doris De Agostini was the defending World Cup downhill champion and Switzerland's Maria Walliser led the current season. Defending Olympic champion Annemarie Moser-Pröll and De Agostini had both retired from competition.
The race was delayed five days, due to weather and scheduling conflicts. Switzerland's Michela Figini won the gold medal, followed by teammate Walliser, and Olga Charvátová of Czechoslovakia was the bronze medalist.
The course started at an elevation of 1,872 m (6,142 ft) above sea level with a vertical drop of 547 m (1,795 ft) and a length of 1.965 km (1.22 mi). Figini's winning time was 73.36 seconds, yielding an average speed of 96.429 km/h (59.9 mph), with an average vertical descent rate of 7.456 m/s (24.5 ft/s).
The race was started at 10:30 local time, (UTC+1). At the starting gate, it was snowing lightly, the temperature was −14 °C (7 °F), and the snow condition was hard. The temperature at the finish was −13 °C (9 °F).
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