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FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are an alpine skiing competition organized by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
FIS World Ski Championships Gold Medal.jpg
gold medal
Statusactive
Genresporting event
Date(s)January–February
Frequencybiannual
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1931 (1931)
Organised byFIS

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HistoryEdit

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.

HostsEdit

Year Place Country Event Official FIS designation[2]
1931 Mürren     Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1931   1st Alpine World Ski Championships
1932 Cortina d'Ampezzo   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 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1934 4th Alpine World Ski Championships
1935 Mürren     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 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 d'Ampezzo   Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1941 none[1]
1948 St. Moritz     Switzerland 1948 Winter Olympics 10th Alpine World Ski Championships
1950 Aspen, Colorado   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 d'Ampezzo   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, California   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 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1974 23rd Alpine World Ski Championships
1976 Innsbruck   Austria 1976 Winter Olympics 24th Alpine World Ski Championships
1978 Garmisch-Partenkirchen   West Germany FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1978 25th Alpine World Ski Championships
1980 Lake Placid, New York   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 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1987 29th Alpine World Ski Championships
1989 Vail, Colorado   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, Colorado   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 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-Partenkirchen   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
2015 Vail/Beaver Creek, CO   United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015 43rd Alpine World Ski Championships
2017 St. Moritz     Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 44th Alpine World Ski Championships
2019 Åre   Sweden FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 45th Alpine World Ski Championships
Future events
2021 Cortina d'Ampezzo   Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2021 46th Alpine World Ski Championships
2023 Courchevel-Méribel   France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023 47th Alpine World Ski Championships

List of host countriesEdit

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 list is complete through 2019 and does not include the unofficial 1941 event.

Country World Championships hosted Earliest
year
  Latest  
year
Future
Total number Independent Shared with
Olympics
    Switzerland 9 8 1 1931 2017
  Austria 9 7 2 1933 2013
  Italy 6 5 1 1932 2005 2021
  United States 6 4 2 1950 2015
  France 4 3 1 1937 2009 2023
  Sweden 3 3 0 1954 2019
  Germany 2 2 0 1978 2011
  Japan 2 1 1 1972 1993
  Poland 1 1 0 1939
  Chile 1 1 0 1966
  Spain 1 1 0 1996
  Norway 1 0 1 1952
Totals 45 35 10 1931 2019

EventsEdit

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 15 17 19 21
Men's combined
Men's downhill
Men's slalom
Men's giant slalom
Men's Super G
Men's Parallel Event
Women's combined
Women's downhill
Women's slalom
Women's giant slalom
Women's Super G
Women's Parallel Event
Mixed 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 11 11 11 13

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 individual medalsEdit

Participants with five or more medals in the individual disciplines (not including team events) at the Alpine Skiing World Championships are (boldface denotes active skiers):[3][4]

MenEdit

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
Marcel Hirscher   Austria 9 5 4 0
Aksel Lund Svindal   Norway 9 5 2 2
Pirmin Zurbriggen     Switzerland 9 4 4 1
Toni Sailer   Austria 8 7 1 0
Émile Allais 1   France 8 4 4 0
Gustav Thöni   Italy 7 5 2 0
Ingemar Stenmark   Sweden 7 5 1 1
Ted Ligety   United States 7 5 0 2
Rudolf Rominger 1     Switzerland 7 4 1 2
David Zogg 1     Switzerland 7 3 4 0
Benjamin Raich   Austria 7 2 4 1
Jean-Claude Killy   France 6 6 0 0
Stein Eriksen   Norway 6 4 1 1
Hermann Maier   Austria 6 3 2 1
Karl Schranz   Austria 6 3 2 1
Guy Périllat   France 6 2 3 1
Günther Mader   Austria 6 0 1 5
Bode Miller   United States 5 4 1 0
Anton Seelos 1   Austria 5 4 1 0
James Couttet    France 5 1 2 2
Otto Furrer 1     Switzerland 5 1 2 2

1 Note: Medals earned in the 1930s, when it was an annual event.

WomenEdit

Name Country Total Gold Silver Bronze
Christl Cranz 1,2   Germany 15 12 3 0
Marielle Goitschel   France 11 7 4 0
Anja Pärson   Sweden 11 7 1 3
Annemarie Moser-Pröll   Austria 9 5 2 2
Tina Maze   Slovenia 9 4 5 0
Hanni Wenzel   Liechtenstein 9 4 3 2
Lindsey Vonn   United States 8 2 3 3
Lisa Resch 1   Germany 8 1 4 3
Erika Hess     Switzerland 7 6 0 1
Mikaela Shiffrin   United States 7 5 1 1
Renate Götschl   Austria 7 2 3 2
Käthe Grasegger 1   Germany 7 0 1 6
Pernilla Wiberg   Sweden 6 4 1 1
Inge Wersin-Lantschner 1   Austria 6 3 3 0
Vreni Schneider     Switzerland 6 3 2 1
Annie Famose   France 6 1 2 3
Nicole Hosp   Austria 6 1 2 3
Janica Kostelić   Croatia 5 5 0 0
Trude Jochum-Beiser   Austria 5 3 2 0
Anna Fenninger   Austria 5 3 1 1
Anny Rüegg 1     Switzerland 5 2 1 2
Maria Höfl-Riesch   Germany 5 2 0 3
Frieda Dänzer     Switzerland 5 1 3 1
Marlies Schild   Austria 5 1 2 2
Mateja Svet   Yugoslavia 5 1 1 3
Nini von Arx-Zogg 1     Switzerland 5 0 4 1
Lara Gut     Switzerland 5 0 3 2
Julia Mancuso   United States 5 0 2 3
Anita Wachter   Austria 5 0 2 3

1 Note: Medals earned in the 1930s, when it was an annual event. 2 Note: Medals from the non-recognized 1941 championship not included

Skiers with most victoriesEdit

Top 10 skiers who won more gold medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships (including at team events) are listed below. Boldface denotes active skiers and highest medal count among all skiers (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

MenEdit

Rank Skier Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Marcel Hirscher   Austria 2013 2019 ** 7 ** 4 ** 11 **
2 Toni Sailer   Austria 1956 1958 7 1 8
3 Jean-Claude Killy   France 1966 1968 6 6
4 Kjetil André Aamodt   Norway 1991 2003 5 4 3 12
5 Aksel Lund Svindal   Norway 2005 2019 5 2 2 9
6 Gustav Thöni   Italy 1972 1976 5 2 7
7 Ingemar Stenmark   Sweden 1976 1982 5 1 1 7
8 Ted Ligety   United States 2009 2015 5 2 7
9 Marc Girardelli   Luxembourg 1985 1996 4 4 3 11
10 Pirmin Zurbriggen    Switzerland 1985 1989 4 4 1 9

WomenEdit

Rank Skier Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Christl Cranz   Germany 1934 1939 12 3 15
2 Marielle Goitschel   France 1962 1968 7 4 11
3 Anja Pärson   Sweden 2001 2011 7 * 2 * * 4 * ** 13 **
4 Erika Hess    Switzerland 1980 1987 6 1 7
5 Annemarie Moser-Pröll   Austria 1970 1980 5 2 2 9
6 Mikaela Shiffrin   United States 2013 2019 5 1 1 7
7 Janica Kostelić   Croatia 2003 2005 5 5
8 Tina Maze   Slovenia 2009 2015 4 5 9
9 Hanni Wenzel   Liechtenstein 1974 1980 4 3 2 9
10 Pernilla Wiberg   Sweden 1991 1999 4 1 1 6

* including one medal in the Mixed team event
** including two medals in the Mixed team event

Medals by countryEdit

The tables for both genders include medals won at the nine Winter Olympics from 1948 through 1980, though these were also World Championships. The mixed team events is not included for both genders, therefore there is special table for these team competitions. Also, there are two cumulative medal tables – the first one includes medals won at the nine Winter Olympics from 1948 through 1980, the second one don't includes these medals. All tables are current through 2019.

MenEdit

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Austria 53 54 49 156
2     Switzerland 33 36 38 107
3   France 23 27 17 67
4   Norway 22 18 10 50
5   Italy 15 13 14 42
6   United States 13 5 11 29
7   Germany 8 12 17 37
8   Sweden 6 3 8 17
9   Luxembourg 4 4 3 11
10   Canada 3 3 4 10
11   Liechtenstein 1 5 4 10
12   Croatia 1 1 2 4
13   Spain 1 0 1 2
14   Finland 1 0 0 1
15   Yugoslavia 0 1 2 3
16   Japan 0 1 1 2
  Poland 0 1 1 2
  Slovenia 0 1 1 2
19   Australia 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 184 185 184 553

WomenEdit

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Austria 40 46 46 132
2     Switzerland 32 33 21 86
3   Germany 25 23 27 75
4   France 20 24 17 61
5   United States 15 20 23 58
6   Sweden 11 5 10 26
7   Canada 11 4 3 18
8   Italy 6 11 11 28
9   Slovenia 6 5 1 12
10   Croatia 5 0 0 5
11   Great Britain 4 4 3 11
  Liechtenstein 4 4 3 11
13   Norway 1 2 6 9
14   Yugoslavia 1 2 3 6
15   Czech Republic 1 1 2 4
16   Slovakia 1 1 1 3
17   Australia 1 0 0 1
18   Finland 0 2 2 4
19   Soviet Union 0 0 2 2
TOTAL 184 187 181 552

Mixed team eventsEdit

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Austria 3 3 0 6
2   France 2 0 1 3
3   Germany 1 0 1 2
    Switzerland 1 0 1 2
5   Sweden 0 2 3 5
6   Canada 0 1 0 1
  Slovakia 0 1 0 1
8   Italy 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 7 7 7 21

TotalEdit

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Austria 96 103 95 294
2     Switzerland 66 69 60 195
3   France 45 51 35 131
4   Germany 34 35 45 114
5   United States 28 25 34 87
6   Norway 23 20 16 59
7   Italy 21 24 26 71
8   Sweden 17 10 21 48
9   Canada 14 8 7 29
10   Slovenia 6 6 2 14
11   Croatia 6 1 2 9
12   Liechtenstein 5 9 7 21
13   Great Britain 4 4 3 11
  Luxembourg 4 4 3 11
15   Yugoslavia 1 3 5 9
16   Finland 1 2 2 5
17   Slovakia 1 2 1 4
18   Czech Republic 1 1 2 4
19   Australia 1 0 1 2
  Spain 1 0 1 2
21   Japan 0 1 1 2
  Poland 0 1 1 2
23   Soviet Union 0 0 2 2
TOTAL 375 379 372 1126

Total (not including 1948–1980 Winter Olympics)Edit

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   Austria 82 86 77 245
2     Switzerland 56 60 52 168
3   France 35 43 27 105
4   Germany 30 29 41 100
5   United States 24 18 30 72
6   Norway 22 19 15 56
7   Italy 18 21 22 61
8   Sweden 15 10 19 44
9   Canada 11 7 5 23
10   Slovenia 6 6 2 14
11   Croatia 6 1 2 9
12   Great Britain 4 4 3 11
  Luxembourg 4 4 3 11
14   Liechtenstein 3 7 5 15
15   Yugoslavia 1 3 5 9
16   Finland 1 2 2 5
17   Slovakia 1 2 1 4
18   Czech Republic 1 1 2 4
19   Australia 1 0 1 2
20   Poland 0 1 1 2
21   Japan 0 0 1 1
  Soviet Union 0 0 1 1
  Spain 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 321 324 318 963

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FIS History". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Alpine World Ski Championships". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Podiums". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Podiums". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2011.

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