Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing
at the X Olympic Winter Games
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Venue Chamrousse,
Isère, France
Dates 9–17 February 1968
Competitors 188 from 33 nations
«1964 1972»
Alpine skiing at the
1968 Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Downhill men women
Giant slalom men women
Slalom men women

Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held 9–17 February at Chamrousse, southeast of Grenoble, France.[1][2] Jean-Claude Killy of France won all three men's events, repeating Toni Sailer's triple-gold of 1956. Since Killy's feat, no alpine ski racer has won three gold medals in a single Olympics.

This was the first Olympics with a two-run men's giant slalom, with one run per day. The women's giant slalom was one run until 1980.

For the only time, the results from Olympic races were included in the World Cup standings, then in its second season. Following the 1970 season, Olympic and World Championship results were not included in the World Cup points standings.

Medal summary[edit]

Four nations won medals in alpine skiing and the host country led the medal table with eight. France won four gold, three silver and a bronze, as Jean-Claude Killy swept the three men's events. The top women's medalist was Canada's Nancy Greene, with one gold and one silver.

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  France (FRA) 4 3 1 8
2  Austria (AUT) 1 1 3 5
3  Canada (CAN) 1 1 0 2
4  Switzerland (SUI) 0 1 2 3

Source:[2]

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
 Jean-Claude Killy
France (FRA)
1:59.85  Guy Périllat
France (FRA)
1:59.93  Jean-Daniel Dätwyler
Switzerland (SUI)
2:00.32
Giant slalom
details
 Jean-Claude Killy
France (FRA)
3:29.28  Willy Favre
Switzerland (SUI)
3:31.50  Heini Messner
Austria (AUT)
3:31.83
Slalom
details
 Jean-Claude Killy
France (FRA)
1:39.73  Herbert Huber
Austria (AUT)
1:39.82  Alfred Matt
Austria (AUT)
1:40.09

Source:[2]

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill
details
 Olga Pall
Austria (AUT)
1:40.87  Isabelle Mir
France (FRA)
1:41.33  Christl Haas
Austria (AUT)
1:41.41
Giant slalom
details
 Nancy Greene
Canada (CAN)
1:51.97  Annie Famose
France (FRA)
1:54.61  Fernande Bochatay
Switzerland (SUI)
1:54.74
Slalom
details
 Marielle Goitschel
France (FRA)
1:25.86  Nancy Greene
Canada (CAN)
1:26.15  Annie Famose
France (FRA)
1:27.89

Source:[2]

Course information[edit]

Date Race Start
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
Thu 9-Feb  Downhill - men  2,252 m (7,388 ft)  1,412 m (4,633 ft)  840 m (2,756 ft)  2.890 km (1.796 mi) 29.1%
Fri 10-Feb  Downhill - women  2,252 m (7,388 ft)  1,650 m (5,413 ft)  602 m (1,975 ft)  2.160 km (1.342 mi) 27.9%
Sat 11-Feb  Giant Slalom - men  (1st run)  2,090 m (6,857 ft)  1,650 m (5,413 ft)  440 m (1,444 ft)  1.650 km (1.025 mi) 26.7%
Sun 12-Feb  Giant Slalom - men  (2nd run)  2,153 m (7,064 ft)  1,703 m (5,587 ft)  450 m (1,476 ft)  1.780 km (1.106 mi) 25.3%
Wed 15-Feb  Giant Slalom - women  2,090 m (6,857 ft)  1,650 m (5,413 ft)  440 m (1,444 ft)  1.610 km (1.000 mi) 27.3%
Fri 17-Feb  Slalom - men  (2 runs)  1,827 m (5,994 ft)  1,650 m (5,413 ft)  177 m (581 ft)  0.520 km (0.323 mi) 34.0%
Mon 13-Feb  Slalom - women  (2 runs)  1,806 m (5,925 ft)  1,650 m (5,413 ft)  156 m (512 ft)  0.420 km (0.261 mi) 37.1%

Source:[2]

Participating nations[edit]

Thirty-three nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Innsbruck. West and East Germany competed separately for the first time and Morocco made its Olympic alpine skiing debut. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[2]

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.

Combined[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ de.wikipedia.org - Olympische Winterspiele 1968/Ski Alpin - (in German)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rapport Officiel Xes Jeux Olympiques D'Hiver 1968 Grenoble". Comité d'organisation des Xemes jeux olympiques d'hiver. LA84 Foundation. 1968. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • FIS-Ski.com – alpine skiing – 1968 Winter Olympics – Grenoble, France
  • Sports Reference – 1968 Winter Olympics – Alpine skiing