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The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, launched in 1966 by a group of ski racing friends and experts which included French journalist Serge Lang and the alpine ski team directors from France (Honore Bonnet) and the USA (Bob Beattie).[1] It was soon backed by International Ski Federation president Marc Hodler during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 at Portillo, Chile, and became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 after the FIS Congress at Beirut, Lebanon. The first World Cup ski race was held in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 5, 1967. Jean-Claude Killy of France and Nancy Greene of Canada were the overall winners for the first two seasons.

Alpine Ski World Cup
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Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher
GenreAlpine skiing
Location(s)Europe
Canada
United States
Japan (rarely)
Russia (rarely)
Australia (rarely)
Argentina (rarely)
South Korea (rarely)
New Zealand (rarely)
Inaugurated5 January 1967 (5 January 1967) (men)
7 January 1967 (7 January 1967) (ladies)
FounderFrance Serge Lang
France Honore Bonnet
United States Bob Beattie
Previous event2017–18 season
Organised byInternational Ski Federation
PeopleItaly Markus Waldner (men)
Norway Atle Skårdal (ladies)
SponsorAudi Quattro

RulesEdit

Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom. The World Cup originally included only slalom, giant slalom, and downhill races. Combined events (calculated using results from selected downhill and slalom races) were included starting with the 1974–75 season, while the Super G was added for the 1982–83 season. The current scoring system was implemented in the 1991–92 season. For every race points are awarded to the top 30 finishers: 100 points to the winner, 80 for second, 60 for third, winding down to 1 point for 30th place. The racer with the most points at the end of the season in mid-March wins the Cup, with the trophy consisting of a 9 kilogram crystal globe.[2] Sub-prizes are also awarded in each individual race discipline, with a smaller 3.5 kg crystal globe. (See the section on scoring system below for more information.)

The World Cup is held annually, and is considered the premier competition for alpine ski racing after the quadrennial Winter Olympics. Many consider the World Cup to be a more valuable title than the Olympics or the biennial World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several disciplines throughout the season, and not just in one race.[3]

Races are hosted primarily at ski resorts in the Alps in Europe, with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and east Asia, but a few races have also been held in the Southern Hemisphere. World Cup competitions have been hosted in 25 different countries around the world: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.[4] (Note that all World Cup races hosted in Bosnia were held when it was still part of Yugoslavia.)

Lower competitive circuits include the NorAm Cup in North America and the Europa Cup in Europe.

Overall winnersEdit

Multiple individual overall World Cup winners are marked with (#).

IndividualEdit

Season Men Ladies
Name Country Name Country
1967 Jean-Claude Killy   France Nancy Greene   Canada
1968 Jean-Claude Killy (2)   France Nancy Greene (2)   Canada
1968–69 Karl Schranz   Austria Gertrud Gabl   Austria
1969–70 Karl Schranz (2)   Austria Michèle Jacot   France
1970–71 Gustav Thöni   Italy Annemarie Pröll   Austria
1971–72 Gustav Thöni (2)   Italy Annemarie Pröll (2)   Austria
1972–73 Gustav Thöni (3)   Italy Annemarie Pröll (3)   Austria
1973–74 Piero Gros   Italy Annemarie Pröll (4)   Austria
1974–75 Gustav Thöni (4)   Italy Annemarie Moser-Pröll (5)   Austria
1975–76 Ingemar Stenmark   Sweden Rosi Mittermaier   West Germany
1976–77 Ingemar Stenmark (2)   Sweden Lise-Marie Morerod     Switzerland 
1977–78 Ingemar Stenmark (3)   Sweden Hanni Wenzel   Liechtenstein
1978–79 Peter Lüscher     Switzerland  Annemarie Moser-Pröll (6)   Austria
1979–80 Andreas Wenzel   Liechtenstein Hanni Wenzel (2)   Liechtenstein
1980–81 Phil Mahre   United States Marie-Theres Nadig     Switzerland 
1981–82 Phil Mahre (2)   United States Erika Hess     Switzerland 
1982–83 Phil Mahre (3)   United States Tamara McKinney   United States
1983–84 Pirmin Zurbriggen     Switzerland  Erika Hess (2)     Switzerland 
1984–85 Marc Girardelli   Luxembourg Michela Figini     Switzerland 
1985–86 Marc Girardelli (2)   Luxembourg Maria Walliser     Switzerland 
1986–87 Pirmin Zurbriggen (2)     Switzerland  Maria Walliser (2)     Switzerland 
1987–88 Pirmin Zurbriggen (3)     Switzerland  Michela Figini (2)     Switzerland 
1988–89 Marc Girardelli (3)   Luxembourg Vreni Schneider     Switzerland 
1989–90 Pirmin Zurbriggen (4)     Switzerland  Petra Kronberger   Austria
1990–91 Marc Girardelli (4)   Luxembourg Petra Kronberger (2)   Austria
1991–92 Paul Accola     Switzerland  Petra Kronberger (3)   Austria
1992–93 Marc Girardelli (5)   Luxembourg Anita Wachter   Austria
1993–94 Kjetil André Aamodt   Norway Vreni Schneider (2)     Switzerland 
1994–95 Alberto Tomba   Italy Vreni Schneider (3)     Switzerland 
1995–96 Lasse Kjus   Norway Katja Seizinger   Germany
1996–97 Luc Alphand   France Pernilla Wiberg   Sweden
1997–98 Hermann Maier   Austria Katja Seizinger (2)   Germany
1998–99 Lasse Kjus (2)   Norway Alexandra Meissnitzer   Austria
1999–00 Hermann Maier (2)   Austria Renate Götschl   Austria
2000–01 Hermann Maier (3)   Austria Janica Kostelić   Croatia
2001–02 Stephan Eberharter   Austria Michaela Dorfmeister   Austria
2002–03 Stephan Eberharter (2)   Austria Janica Kostelić (2)   Croatia
2003–04 Hermann Maier (4)   Austria Anja Pärson   Sweden
2004–05 Bode Miller   United States Anja Pärson (2)   Sweden
2005–06 Benjamin Raich   Austria Janica Kostelić (3)   Croatia
2006–07 Aksel Lund Svindal   Norway Nicole Hosp   Austria
2007–08 Bode Miller (2)   United States Lindsey Vonn   United States
2008–09 Aksel Lund Svindal (2)   Norway Lindsey Vonn (2)   United States
2009–10 Carlo Janka     Switzerland  Lindsey Vonn (3)   United States
2010–11 Ivica Kostelić   Croatia Maria Riesch   Germany
2011–12 Marcel Hirscher   Austria Lindsey Vonn (4)   United States
2012–13 Marcel Hirscher (2)   Austria Tina Maze   Slovenia
2013–14 Marcel Hirscher (3)   Austria Anna Fenninger   Austria
2014–15 Marcel Hirscher (4)   Austria Anna Fenninger (2)   Austria
2015–16 Marcel Hirscher (5)   Austria Lara Gut     Switzerland 
2016–17 Marcel Hirscher (6)   Austria Mikaela Shiffrin   United States
2017–18 Marcel Hirscher (7)   Austria Mikaela Shiffrin (2)   United States
2018–19 Marcel Hirscher (8)   Austria Mikaela Shiffrin (3)   United States

Individual titles by countryEdit

Nation Total Men Ladies
  Austria 34 17 17
    Switzerland  19 7 12
  United States 13 5 8
  Sweden 6 3 3
  Italy 6 6
  Norway 5 5
  Luxembourg 5 5
  France 4 3 1
  Croatia 4 1 3
  Liechtenstein 3 1 2
  Germany 3 3
  Canada 2 2
  West Germany 1 1
  Slovenia 1 1

Men overall titlesEdit

The following skiers have at least three overall alpine World Cup titles.

Name Career
1st 2st 3st
  Marcel Hirscher 2007–active 8
  Marc Girardelli 1980–1996 5 2 2
  Gustav Thöni 1969–1980 4 1 2
    Pirmin Zurbriggen 1981–1990 4 3
  Hermann Maier 1996–2009 4 2
  Phil Mahre 1975–1984 3 1 2
  Ingemar Stenmark 1973–1989 3 6

Ladies overall titlesEdit

The following skiers have at least three overall alpine World Cup titles.

Name Career
1st 2st 3st
  Annemarie Moser-Pröll 1969–1980 6 3
  Lindsey Vonn 2001–2019 4 2 1
  Mikaela Shiffrin 2011–active 3
  Petra Kronberger 1987–1992 3
  Vreni Schneider 1984–1995 3 1 2
  Janica Kostelić 1998–2006 3 1

Discipline titlesEdit

Top 10 Small Crystal Globe podiumsEdit

  Still active
# Skier Period 1st 2nd 3rd
1   Ingemar Stenmark 1975–1987 16 7 1
2   Pirmin Zurbriggen 1983–1990 12 3 3
3   Marcel Hirscher 2012–2019 12 3 1
4   Marc Girardelli 1982–1996 10 5 6
5   Hermann Maier 1998–2006 10 5 3
6   Aksel Lund Svindal 2006–2019 9 3 3
7   Alberto Tomba 1988–1996 8 5 0
8   Benjamin Raich 2001–2010 8 4 5
9   Kjetil André Aamodt 1993–2003 8 4 2
10   Phil Mahre 1978–1983 7 2 3

Most small globes per disciplineEdit

Combined crystal globe was officially awarded from 2007–2012. However, there are counted all season titles, both official and unofficial. The records for most World Cup titles in each discipline are as follows:

MenEdit

  Won all discipline races in a season
Super-G

In the following table men's Super-G World Cup podiums since first edition in 1986.

Season 1st 2nd 3rd
1986   Markus Wasmeier   Pirmin Zurbriggen   Marc Girardelli
1987   Pirmin Zurbriggen   Marc Girardelli   Markus Wasmeier
1988   Pirmin Zurbriggen   Markus Wasmeier   Franck Piccard
1989   Pirmin Zurbriggen   Lars-Börje Eriksson   Franck Piccard
1990   Pirmin Zurbriggen   Günther Mader   Lars-Börje Eriksson
1991   Franz Heinzer   Stephan Eberharter   Atle Skaardal
1992   Paul Accola   Marc Girardelli   Günther Mader
1993   Kjetil-Andre Aamodt   Günther Mader   Franz Heinzer
1994   Jan Einar Thorsen   Marc Girardelli   Tommy Moe
1995   Peter Runggaldier   Günther Mader   Werner Perathoner
1996   Atle Skaardal   Hans Knauß   Lasse Kjus
1997   Luc Alphand   Josef Strobl   Andreas Schifferer
1998   Hermann Maier   Hans Knauß   Stephan Eberharter
1999   Hermann Maier   Stephan Eberharter   Andreas Schifferer
2000   Hermann Maier   Werner Franz   Fritz Strobl
2001   Hermann Maier   Christoph Gruber   Josef Strobl
2002   Stephan Eberharter   Didier Cuche   Fritz Strobl
2003   Stephan Eberharter   Marco Büchel   Didier Cuche
2004   Hermann Maier   Daron Rahlves   Stephan Eberharter
2005   Bode Miller   Hermann Maier   Daron Rahlves
2006   Aksel Lund Svindal   Hermann Maier   Daron Rahlves
2007   Bode Miller   Didier Cuche   John Kucera
2008   Hannes Reichelt   Didier Cuche   Benjamin Raich
2009   Aksel Lund Svindal   Werner Heel   Didier Defago
2010   Erik Guay   Michael Walchhofer   Aksel Lund Svindal
2011   Didier Cuche   Georg Streitberger   Ivica Kostelić
2012   Aksel Lund Svindal   Didier Cuche   Beat Feuz
2013   Aksel Lund Svindal   Matteo Marsaglia   Matthias Mayer
2014   Aksel Lund Svindal   Kjetil Jansrud   Patrick Küng
2015   Kjetil Jansrud   Dominik Paris   Matthias Mayer
2016   Aleksander Aamodt Kilde   Kjetil Jansrud   Aksel Lund Svindal
2017   Kjetil Jansrud   Hannes Reichelt   Aleksander Aamodt Kilde
2018   Kjetil Jansrud   Vincent Kriechmayr   Aksel Lund Svindal
2019   Dominik Paris   Vincent Kriechmayr   Mauro Caviezel

WomenEdit

SlalomEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd
1967   Marielle Goitschel
  Annie Famose
  Nancy Greene
1968   Marielle Goitschel   Florence Steurer
  Gertrude Gabl
1969   Gertrude Gabl   Kiki Cutter   Ingrid Lafforgue
1970   Ingrid Lafforgue   Michèle Jacot
  Barbara Cochran
1971   Britt Lafforgue
  Betsy Clifford
  Annemarie Pröll
  Barbara Cochran
1972   Britt Lafforgue   Florence Steurer
  Françoise Macchi
1973   Patricia Emonet   Rosi Mittermaier   Monika Kaserer
1974   Christa Zechmeister   Rosi Mittermaier   Fabienne Serrat
1975   Lise-Marie Morerod   Hanni Wenzel   Christa Zechmeister
1976   Rosi Mittermaier   Lise-Marie Morerod   Danièle Debernard
1977   Lise-Marie Morerod   Perrine Pelen   Claudia Giordani
1978   Hanni Wenzel   Perrine Pelen   Fabienne Serrat
1979   Regina Sackl   Annemarie Moser-Pröll   Lea Sölkner
1980   Perrine Pelen   Hanni Wenzel   Annemarie Moser-Pröll
1981   Erika Hess   Christin Cooper   Perrine Pelen
  Daniela Zini
1982   Erika Hess   Ursula Konzett   Christin Cooper
1983   Erika Hess   Tamara McKinney   Maria Rosa Quario
1984   Tamara McKinney   Roswitha Steiner   Perrine Pelen
1985   Erika Hess   Tamara McKinney   Perrine Pelen
1986   Roswitha Steiner   Erika Hess   Perrine Pelen
1987   Corinne Schmidhauser   Tamara McKinney   Erika Hess
1988   Roswitha Steiner   Vreni Schneider   Anita Wachter
1989   Vreni Schneider   Monika Maierhofer   Tamara McKinney
1990   Vreni Schneider   Claudia Strobl   Ida Ladstätter
1991   Petra Kronberger   Pernilla Wiberg   Blanca Fernandez Ochoa
1992   Vreni Schneider   Pernilla Wiberg   Blanca Fernandez Ochoa
1993   Vreni Schneider   Annelise Coberger   Patricia Chauvet
1994   Vreni Schneider   Pernilla Wiberg   Urska Hrovat
1995   Vreni Schneider   Pernilla Wiberg   Martina Ertl
1996   Elfi Eder   Urska Hrovat   Pernilla Wiberg
1997   Pernilla Wiberg   Claudia Riegler   Deborah Compagnoni
1998   Ylva Nowén   Kristina Koznick   Hilde Gerg
1999   Sabine Egger   Pernilla Wiberg   Anja Pärson
2000   Špela Pretnar   Christel Pascal   Anja Pärson
2001   Janica Kostelić   Sonja Nef   Martina Ertl-Renz
2002   Laure Pequegnot   Kristina Koznick   Anja Pärson
2003   Janica Kostelić   Anja Pärson   Tanja Poutiainen
2004   Anja Pärson   Marlies Schild   Monika Bergmann
2005   Tanja Poutiainen   Janica Kostelić   Marlies Schild
2006   Janica Kostelić   Marlies Schild   Anja Pärson
2007   Marlies Schild   Nicole Hosp   Sarka Záhrobská
2008   Marlies Schild   Nicole Hosp   Veronika Zuzulová
2009   Maria Riesch   Sarka Záhrobská   Lindsey Vonn
2010   Maria Riesch   Kathrin Zettel   Marlies Schild
2011   Marlies Schild   Tanja Poutiainen   Maria Riesch
2012   Marlies Schild   Michaela Kirchgasser   Tina Maze
2013   Mikaela Shiffrin   Tina Maze   Veronika Velez-Zuzulová
2014   Mikaela Shiffrin   Frida Hansdotter   Marlies Schild
2015   Mikaela Shiffrin   Frida Hansdotter   Tina Maze
2016   Frida Hansdotter   Veronika Velez-Zuzulová   Wendy Holdener
2017   Mikaela Shiffrin   Veronika Velez-Zuzulová   Wendy Holdener
2018   Mikaela Shiffrin   Wendy Holdener   Frida Hansdotter
2019   Mikaela Shiffrin   Petra Vlhová   Wendy Holdener

DownhillEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd
1967   Marielle Goitschel   Isabelle Mir   Giustina Demetz
1968   Isabelle Mir
  Olga Pall
  Christl Haas
1969   Wiltrud Drexel