Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg
Governing body FIS
Events 10 (men: 5; women: 5)
Games
1924 1928 1932 1936 1948 1952
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976
1980 1984 1988 1992 1994 1998
2002 2006 2010 2014
Medalists

Alpine skiing has been contested at every Winter Olympics since 1936, when a combined event was held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships in Olympic years, with separate competitions held in even-numbered non-Olympic years. During this period, the Olympic medalists received an additional medal of the same colour from the International Ski Federation (FIS).

The giant slalom was introduced at the 1950 World Championships and at the Olympics in 1952; both programs dropped the combined event, but it returned in 1954 at the World Championships as a "paper" race, using the results of the slalom, giant slalom, and downhill. At the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS in the combined event. It returned as a stand-alone event (one run of downhill, two runs of slalom) at the Olympics in 1988, which also debuted the one-run super-G. The combined event was run on an FIS points system at the Olympics through 1992, then was changed to total time of the three runs. The super combined debuted in 2010, which reduced the slalom portion to one run and the event to one day.

Since 1985, the World Championships have been scheduled every odd-numbered year, independent of the Winter Olympics. At the World Championships, the combined returned as a stand-alone event in 1982 and the super-G debuted in 1987. The combined event went from points to total time in 1996 (postponed from 1995), and changed to super combined in 2007.

Hosts[edit]

Year City Nation Additional designation
1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany
1948 St. Moritz   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1948
1952 Oslo  Norway FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1952
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1956
1960 Squaw Valley  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1960
1964 Innsbruck  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1964
1968 Grenoble  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1968
1972 Sapporo  Japan FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1972
1976 Innsbruck  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1976
1980 Lake Placid  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1980
1984 Sarajevo  Yugoslavia
1988 Calgary  Canada
1992 Albertville  France
1994 Lillehammer  Norway
1998 Nagano  Japan
2002 Salt Lake City  United States
2006 Torino  Italy
2010 Vancouver  Canada
2014 Sochi  Russia

Events[edit]

Event 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 94 98 02 06 10 14 Years
Men's combined                         10
Men's downhill         18
Men's slalom         18
Men's giant slalom           17
Men's super-G                             8
Women's combined                         10
Women's downhill         18
Women's slalom         18
Women's giant slalom           17
Women's super-G                             8
Total events       2 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Medal table[edit]

NOCs in italics no longer compete at the Winter Olympics

Through 2014

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Austria (AUT) 34 39 41 114
2  Switzerland (SUI) 20 19 20 59
3  United States (USA) 16 19 9 44
4  France (FRA) 15 15 15 45
5  Italy (ITA) 13 9 8 30
6  Germany (GER) ^ 12 7 7 26
7  Norway (NOR) 10 9 10 29
8  Sweden (SWE) 5 2 9 16
9  Croatia (CRO) 4 6 0 10
10  Canada (CAN) 4 1 6 11
11  West Germany (FRG) ^ 3 5 1 9
12  Liechtenstein (LIE) 2 2 5 9
13  Slovenia (SLO) 2 2 3 7
14  Unified Team of Germany (EUA) ^ 2 1 2 5
15  Spain (ESP) 1 0 1 2
16  Luxembourg (LUX) 0 2 0 2
 Yugoslavia (YUG) 0 2 0 2
18  Finland (FIN) 0 1 0 1
 Japan (JPN) 0 1 0 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 0 1 0 1
 Russia (RUS) 0 1 0 1
22  Australia (AUS) 0 0 1 1
 Czech Republic (CZE) 0 0 1 1
 Czechoslovakia (TCH) 0 0 1 1
 Soviet Union (URS) 0 0 1 1
Total 143 144 141 428

^ Germany has competed at the Winter Olympic Games under various names; all of which are listed separately. Banned from the 1948 games (as was Japan), they competed as Germany in 1952, though only represented by West Germany. From 1956 through 1964, they were known as the Unified Team of Germany (EUA), which included East Germany, the German Democratic Republic (GDR). From 1968 through 1988, separate Olympic teams were fielded and West Germany competed as the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). East Germany had only one competitor in alpine skiing (Eberhard Riedel in 1968), who did not medal. Following the reunification of 1990, they have competed at the Olympics as Germany, starting in 1992. Through 2014, Germany has a total of 40 medals in alpine skiing (17 gold, 13 silver, 10 bronze).

Age records[edit]

Several age-related records were recently set in 2014:

These records continue:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bode Miller becomes oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medallist with bronze". The Guardian. Reuters. 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Holpuch, Amanda (21 February 2014). "USA's Mikaela Shiffrin youngest-ever gold medal winner in slalom". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ a b Pennington, Bill (22 February 2014). "Slalom Champion Sets an Age Record". New York Times. 

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