at the IX Olympic Winter Games
|Venue|| Patscherkofel (men's downhill),|
|Dates||30 January – 8 February 1964|
|No. of events||6|
|Competitors||174 from 31 nations|
| Alpine skiing at the|
1964 Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held near Innsbruck, Austria, from January 30 to February 8, 1964.
The men's downhill was held on Patscherkofel (above Igls), the other five events at Axamer Lizum.
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 United Team of Germany. Mild weather led to a lack of snow, which was trucked in and packed down by the Austrian army.
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.
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).
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.
|Totals (4 nations)||6||7||5||18|
|Downhill|| Egon Zimmermann ||2:18.16|| Léo Lacroix ||2:18.90|| Wolfgang Bartels ||2:19.48|
|Giant slalom|| François Bonlieu ||1:46.71|| Karl Schranz ||1:47.09|| Pepi Stiegler ||1:48.05|
|Slalom|| Pepi Stiegler ||2:11.13|| Billy Kidd ||2:11.27|| Jimmy Heuga ||2:11.52|
|Downhill|| Christl Haas ||1:55.39|| Edith Zimmermann ||1:56.42|| Traudl Hecher ||1:56.66|
|Giant slalom|| Marielle Goitschel ||1:52.24|| Christine Goitschel |
|Slalom|| Christine Goitschel ||1:29.86|| Marielle Goitschel ||1:30.77|| Jean Saubert ||1:31.36|
|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%|
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