Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing
at the IX Olympic Winter Games
Patscherkofel vm01.jpg
Patscherkofel
Venue Patscherkofel (men's downhill),
Axamer Lizum,
Tyrol, Austria
Dates30 January – 8 February 1964 (1964-02-08)
No. of events6
Competitors174 from 31 nations
  1960
1968  

Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held near Innsbruck, Austria, from January 30 to February 8, 1964. [1] [2]

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The men's downhill was held on Patscherkofel (above Igls), the other five events at Axamer Lizum. [3] [4]

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. [5]

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. [6] [7]

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).

Medal summary

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.

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)3306
2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)3227
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)0224
4Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany  (EUA)0011
Totals (4 nations)67518

Source: [1]

Men's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Egon Zimmermann
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2:18.16 Léo Lacroix
Flag of France.svg  France
2:18.90 Wolfgang Bartels
Flag of the German Olympic Team (1960-1968).svg  United Team of Germany
2:19.48
Giant slalom
details
François Bonlieu
Flag of France.svg  France
1:46.71 Karl Schranz
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:47.09 Pepi Stiegler
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:48.05
Slalom
details
Pepi Stiegler
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
2:11.13 Billy Kidd
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2:11.27 Jimmy Heuga
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2:11.52

Source: [1]

Women's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Christl Haas
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:55.39 Edith Zimmermann
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:56.42 Traudl Hecher
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:56.66
Giant slalom
details
Marielle Goitschel
Flag of France.svg  France
1:52.24 Christine Goitschel
Flag of France.svg  France
Jean Saubert
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:53.11Not awarded
Slalom
details
Christine Goitschel
Flag of France.svg  France
1:29.86 Marielle Goitschel
Flag of France.svg  France
1:30.77 Jean Saubert
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1:31.36

Source: [1]

Course information

DateRaceStart
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)

Participating nations

Thirty-one nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Innsbruck. India made its Olympic alpine skiing debut. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors. [1]

World championships

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, the combined event was dropped for 1950 and 1952, but returned as a World Championship event in 1954 as a "paper race" which used the results from the three events. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event. The combined returned as a separate event at the World Championships in 1982 and at the Olympics in 1988.

Combined

Footnotes

  1. 1a Athletes from East and West Germany competed together as the United Team of Germany," designated as the EUA. This combined team appeared in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Winter Olympics

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