Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing
at the IX Olympic Winter Games
Patscherkofel vm01.jpg
Venue Patscherkofel (men's downhill),
Axamer Lizum,
Tyrol, Austria
Dates 30 January – 8 February 1964 (1964-02-08)
Competitors 174 from 31 nations
«1960 1968»
Alpine skiing at the
1964 Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Downhill men women
Giant slalom men women
Slalom men women

Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held near Innsbruck, Austria, from January 30 to February 8, 1964.[1]

The men's downhill was held on Patscherkofel (above Igls), the other five events at Axamer Lizum.[2]

This was the first Olympics in which the finishing times were recorded in hundredths of a second, rather than tenths. It was the third and final Winter Olympics in which East and West Germany competed as the Unified Team of Germany. Mild weather led to a lack of snow, which was trucked in and packed down by the Austrian army.[3]

During a training run for the men's downhill at Patscherkofel on January 25, Ross Milne of Australia lost control and left the course; he hit a tree and later died of a head injury.[4][5]

The Winter Olympics returned to Innsbruck just 12 years later in 1976, after Denver returned its winning bid in November 1972 (Innsbruck was awarded the 1976 games in February 1973).

Medal summary[edit]

Four nations won medals in alpine skiing, with Austria leading the total medals with seven (three gold, two silver, and two bronze). France also had three gold, with three silver medals. France's Marielle and Christine Goitschel led the individual medal table, each with one gold and one silver. The top men's medalist was Austria's Pepi Stiegler, who won gold and bronze.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  France (FRA) 3 3 0 6
2  Austria (AUT) 3 2 2 7
3  United States (USA) 0 2 2 4
4  Germany (EUA) 0 0 1 1


Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
 Egon Zimmermann
Austria (AUT)
2:18.16  Léo Lacroix
France (FRA)
2:18.90  Wolfgang Bartels
Germany (EUA)
Giant slalom
 François Bonlieu
France (FRA)
1:46.71  Karl Schranz
Austria (AUT)
1:47.09  Pepi Stiegler
Austria (AUT)
 Pepi Stiegler
Austria (AUT)
2:11.13  Billy Kidd
United States (USA)
2:11.27  Jimmy Heuga
United States (USA)


Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
 Christl Haas
Austria (AUT)
1:55.39  Edith Zimmermann
Austria (AUT)
1:56.42  Traudl Hecher
Austria (AUT)
Giant slalom
 Marielle Goitschel
France (FRA)
1:52.24  Christine Goitschel
France (FRA)
 Jean Saubert
United States (USA)
1:53.11 Not awarded
 Christine Goitschel
France (FRA)
1:29.86  Marielle Goitschel
France (FRA)
1:30.77  Jean Saubert
United States (USA)


Course information[edit]

Date Race Start
Thu 30-Jan  Downhill - men  1,952 m (6,404 ft)  1,085 m (3,560 ft)  867 m (2,844 ft)  3.120 km (1.939 mi) 27.8%
Thu 06-Feb  Downhill - women  2,310 m (7,580 ft)  1,605 m (5,266 ft)  705 m (2,313 ft)  2.510 km (1.560 mi) 28.1%
Sun 02-Feb  Giant Slalom - men  2,100 m (6,890 ft)  1,570 m (5,151 ft)  530 m (1,739 ft)  1.250 km (0.777 mi) 42.4%
Mon 03-Feb  Giant Slalom - women  2,050 m (6,726 ft)  1,550 m (5,085 ft)  500 m (1,640 ft)  1.250 km (0.777 mi) 40.0%
Sat 08-Feb  Slalom - men  (2 runs)  1,770 m (5,807 ft)  1,570 m (5,151 ft)  200 m (656 ft)  0.470 km (0.292 mi) 42.6%
Fri 07-Feb  Slalom - men  (qualifying)  1,730 m (5,676 ft)  1,600 m (5,249 ft)  130 m (427 ft)  0.350 km (0.217 mi) 37.1%
Sat 01-Feb  Slalom - women  (2 runs)  1,730 m (5,676 ft)  1,600 m (5,249 ft)  130 m (427 ft)  0.350 km (0.217 mi) 37.1%

Participating nations[edit]

Thirty-one nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Innsbruck. India made its Olympic alpine skiing debut. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[1]

World championships[edit]

From 1948 through 1980, the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships, held every two years. With the addition of the giant slalom in 1952, the combined event was dropped as an Olympic event until 1988, but remained as a World Championship event. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event, a "paper race" which used the results from the three events.



  1. 1a Athletes from East and West Germany competed together as the Unified Team of Germany," designated as the EUA. This combined team appeared in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Winter Olympics


  1. ^ a b c d e "Offizieller Bericht der IX. Olympischen Winterspiele Innsbruck 1964". Austrian Federal Publishing House for Instruction, Science and Art, Vienna and Munich. LA84 Foundation. 1964. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ - Olympische Winterspiele 1964/Ski Alpin - (in German)
  3. ^ "1964 Winter Olympics". Colorado Ski Museum. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Australian skier killed in Olympic drill". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. January 26, 1964. p. 41. 
  5. ^ "Aussie's Milne dies of injuries". Bend (OR) Bulletin. UPI. January 25, 1964. p. 5. 

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