FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

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The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are organized by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The first world championships in alpine skiing were held in 1931. During the 1930s, the event was held annually in Europe, until interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, preventing a 1940 event. An event was held in 1941, but included competitors only from nations from the Axis powers or nations not at war with them. The results were later cancelled by the FIS in 1946 because of the limited number of participants, so they are not considered official.[1]

Following the war, the championships were connected with the Olympics for several decades. From 1948 through 1982, the competition was held in even-numbered years, with the Winter Olympics acting as the World Championships through 1980, and a separate competition held in even-numbered non-Olympic years. The 1950 championships in the United States at Aspen were the first held outside of Europe and the first official championships separate of the Olympics since 1939.

The combined event was dropped after 1948 with the addition of the giant slalom in 1950, but returned in 1954 as a "paper" race which used the results of the three events: downhill, giant slalom, and slalom. During Olympic years from 1956 through 1980, FIS World Championship medals were awarded in the combined, but not Olympic medals. The combined returned as a separately run event in 1982 with its own downhill and two-run slalom, and the Super-G was added to the program in 1987. (Both were also added to the Olympics in 1988.)

There were no World Championships in 1983 or 1984 and since 1985, they have been scheduled in odd-numbered years, independent of the Winter Olympics. A lack of snow in southern Spain in 1995 caused a postponement to the following year.

Hosts[edit]

Year Place Country Event Official FIS Designation [2]
1931 Mürren  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1931   1st Alpine World Ski Championships
1932 Cortina  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1932 2nd Alpine World Ski Championships
1933 Innsbruck  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1933 3rd Alpine World Ski Championships
1934 St. Moritz  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1934 4th Alpine World Ski Championships
1935 Mürren  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1935 5th Alpine World Ski Championships
1936 Innsbruck  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1936 6th Alpine World Ski Championships
1937 Chamonix  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1937 7th Alpine World Ski Championships
1938 Engelberg  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1938 8th Alpine World Ski Championships
1939 Zakopane  Poland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1939 9th Alpine World Ski Championships
1941 Cortina  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1941 none [1]
1948 St. Moritz  Switzerland  Switzerland 1948 Winter Olympics 10th Alpine World Ski Championships
1950 Aspen, CO  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1950 11th Alpine World Ski Championships
1952 Oslo  Norway 1952 Winter Olympics 12th Alpine World Ski Championships
1954 Åre  Sweden FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1954 13th Alpine World Ski Championships
1956 Cortina  Italy 1956 Winter Olympics 14th Alpine World Ski Championships
1958 Badgastein  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1958 15th Alpine World Ski Championships
1960 Squaw Valley, CA  United States 1960 Winter Olympics 16th Alpine World Ski Championships
1962 Chamonix  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1962 17th Alpine World Ski Championships
1964 Innsbruck  Austria 1964 Winter Olympics 18th Alpine World Ski Championships
1966 Portillo  Chile FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 19th Alpine World Ski Championships
1968 Grenoble  France 1968 Winter Olympics 20th Alpine World Ski Championships
1970 Val Gardena  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1970 21st Alpine World Ski Championships
1972 Sapporo  Japan 1972 Winter Olympics 22nd Alpine World Ski Championships
1974 St. Moritz  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1974 23rd Alpine World Ski Championships
1976 Innsbruck  Austria 1976 Winter Olympics 24th Alpine World Ski Championships
1978 Garmisch  West Germany FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1978 25th Alpine World Ski Championships
1980 Lake Placid, NY  United States 1980 Winter Olympics 26th Alpine World Ski Championships
1982 Schladming  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1982 27th Alpine World Ski Championships
1985 Bormio  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1985 28th Alpine World Ski Championships
1987 Crans-Montana  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1987 29th Alpine World Ski Championships
1989 Vail, CO  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1989 30th Alpine World Ski Championships
1991 Saalbach  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1991 31st Alpine World Ski Championships
1993 Morioka  Japan FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1993 32nd Alpine World Ski Championships
1996 Sierra Nevada  Spain FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 33rd Alpine World Ski Championships
1997 Sestriere  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1997 34th Alpine World Ski Championships
1999 Vail, CO  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1999 35th Alpine World Ski Championships
2001 St. Anton  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2001 36th Alpine World Ski Championships
2003 St. Moritz  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2003 37th Alpine World Ski Championships
2005 Bormio  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2005 38th Alpine World Ski Championships
2007 Åre  Sweden FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2007 39th Alpine World Ski Championships
2009 Val d'Isère  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2009 40th Alpine World Ski Championships
2011 Garmisch  Germany FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 41st Alpine World Ski Championships
2013 Schladming  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013 42nd Alpine World Ski Championships
Future events
2015 Vail/Beaver Creek, CO  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015 43rd Alpine World Ski Championships
2017 St. Moritz  Switzerland  Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 44th Alpine World Ski Championships

List of host countries[edit]

A total of 12 countries have hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, including those which were shared with the WInter Olympics. All of the top-7 on the list of nations which have won FIS World Cup races have been selected as host at least twice. The World Championships have been held only once in the Southern Hemisphere, in 1966 in Portillo, Chile in August. The complete list, including future scheduled Championships, but not the unofficial 1941 event:

Country World Championships Hosted Earliest Year Latest Year
Total Number Independent Shared with
Olympics
 Austria 9 7 2 1933 2013
 Switzerland  Switzerland 9 8 1 1931 2017
 Italy 7 6 1 1932 2005
 United States 6 4 2 1950 2015
 France 4 3 1 1937 2009
 Sweden 2 2 0 1954 2007
 Germany 2 2 0 1978 2011
 Japan 2 1 1 1972 1993
 Poland 1 1 0 1939 1939
 Chile 1 1 0 1966 1966
 Spain 1 1 0 1996 1996
 Norway 1 0 1 1952 1952
Totals 43 34 9 1931 2015

Events[edit]

Event 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 85 87 89 91 93 96 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 11 13
Men's combined
Men's downhill
Men's slalom
Men's giant slalom
Men's Super G
Women's combined
Women's downhill
Women's slalom
Women's giant slalom
Women's Super G
Nations Team Event
Total Events 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 10 11 11

Note: The men's Super G in 1993 and the team event in 2009 were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, and no medals were awarded.

Skiers with most medals[edit]

Participants with five or more individual medals (through February 2013) at the Alpine Skiing World Championships are:[3][4]

Men[edit]

Name Country Total Gold Silver Bronze
Kjetil André Aamodt  Norway 12 5 4 3
Marc Girardelli  Luxembourg 11 4 4 3
Lasse Kjus  Norway 11 3 8 0
Pirmin Zurbriggen   Switzerland 9 4 4 1
Toni Sailer  Austria 8 7 1 0
Aksel Lund Svindal  Norway 8 5 1 2
Émile Allais  France 8 4 4 0
Gustav Thöni  Italy 7 5 2 0
Ingemar Stenmark  Sweden 7 5 1 1
Rudolf Rominger   Switzerland 7 4 1 2
David Zogg   Switzerland 7 3 4 0
Benjamin Raich  Austria 7 2 4 1
Jean-Claude Killy  France 6 6 0 0
Karl Schranz  Austria 6 3 2 1
Hermann Maier  Austria 6 3 2 1
Guy Périllat  France 6 2 3 1
Bode Miller  United States 5 4 1 0
Anton Seelos  Austria 5 4 1 0
Ted Ligety  United States 5 4 0 1
Otto Furrer   Switzerland 5 1 2 2

Women[edit]

Name Country Total Gold Silver Bronze
Christl Cranz  Germany 15 12 3 0
Marielle Goitschel  France 11 9 2 0
Anja Pärson  Sweden 11 7 1 3
Annemarie Moser-Pröll  Austria 9 5 2 2
Hanni Wenzel  Liechtenstein 9 4 3 2
Lisa Resch  Germany 8 1 4 3
Erika Hess   Switzerland 7 6 0 1
Renate Götschl  Austria 7 2 3 2
Käthe Grasegger  Germany 7 0 1 6
Pernilla Wiberg  Sweden 6 4 1 1
Inge Wersin-Lantschner  Austria 6 3 3 0
Vreni Schneider   Switzerland 6 3 2 1
Tina Maze  Slovenia 6 2 4 0
Annie Famose  France 6 1 2 3
Janica Kostelić  Croatia 5 5 0 0
Lindsey Vonn  United States 5 2 3 0
Anny Rüegg   Switzerland 5 2 1 2
Maria Höfl-Riesch  Germany 5 2 0 3
Frieda Dänzer   Switzerland 5 1 3 1
Mateja Svet  Yugoslavia 5 1 1 3
Julia Mancuso  United States 5 0 2 3

Medals by country[edit]

These tables do not include medals won at the Winter Olympics between 1948 and 1980, even if these were also World Championships. The mixed team event is included for both genders, therefore the total will not add up for some countries. This table is current up to the end of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013.

Men[edit]

Place Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Austria 41 40 34 115
2   Switzerland 26 29 32 87
3  Norway 19 14 8 41
4  France 15 23 11 49
5  United States 12 2 9 23
6  Italy 11 11 12 34
7  Germany 9 10 16 35
8  Sweden 4 5 7 16
9  Luxembourg 4 4 3 11
10  Canada 2 1 2 5
11  Liechtenstein 1 4 3 8
12  Croatia 1 1 2 4
13  Finland 1 0 0 1
14  Yugoslavia 0 1 2 3
15  Poland 0 1 1 2
16  Australia 0 0 1 1
16 Japan Japan 0 0 1 1
16  Slovenia 0 0 1 1
16  Spain 0 0 1 1

Women[edit]

Place Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Austria 34 37 36 107
2   Switzerland 24 28 16 68
3  Germany 22 16 25 63
4  France 17 19 14 50
5  Sweden 11 5 9 25
6  Canada 8 3 2 13
7  United States 7 14 16 37
8  Italy 6 9 8 23
9  Croatia 5 0 0 5
10  United Kingdom 4 4 3 11
11  Liechtenstein 2 2 2 6
12  Slovenia 2 4 1 7
13  Norway 1 2 5 8
14  Yugoslavia 1 2 3 6
15  Czech Republic 1 1 1 3
16  Australia 1 0 0 1
17  Finland 0 2 2 4
18  Soviet Union 0 0 1 1

Total[edit]

Place Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Austria 73 75 70 218
2   Switzerland 50 57 47 154
3  France 31 42 24 97
4  Germany 30 26 40 96
5  Norway 20 16 13 49
6  United States 19 16 25 60
7  Italy 17 20 20 57
8  Sweden 15 8 15 38
9  Canada 10 4 4 18
10  Croatia 6 1 2 9
11  Luxembourg 4 4 3 11
11  United Kingdom 4 4 3 11
13  Liechtenstein 3 6 5 14
14  Slovenia 2 4 2 8
15  Yugoslavia 1 3 5 9
16  Finland 1 2 2 5
17  Czech Republic 1 1 1 3
18  Australia 1 0 1 2
19  Poland 0 1 1 2
20 Japan Japan 0 0 1 1
20  Soviet Union 0 0 1 1
20  Spain 0 0 1 1

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIS History". FIS-Ski. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Alpine World Ski Championships". FIS-Ski. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Podiums". FIS-Ski. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Podiums". FIS-Ski. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 

External links[edit]

Media related to FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Wikimedia Commons

See also[edit]