Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Alpine skiing
at the X Olympic Winter Games
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Venue Chamrousse,
Isère, France
Dates9–17 February 1968
No. of events6
Competitors188 from 33 nations
  1964
1972  
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Grenoble
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Chamrousse
Locations in France

Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held 9–17 February at Chamrousse, southeast of Grenoble, France. [1] [2] [3] Jean-Claude Killy of France won all three men's events, repeating Toni Sailer's triple-gold of 1956. Since Killy's feat, no male alpine ski racer has won three gold medals in a single Olympics. (Janica Kostelic later won three gold medals in the 2002 Winter Olympics).

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This was the first Olympics with a two-run men's giant slalom, with one run per day. The women's giant slalom was one run until 1980.

For the only time, the results from Olympic races were included in the World Cup standings, then in its second season. Following the 1970 season, Olympic and World Championship results were not included in the World Cup points standings.

Medal summary

Four nations won medals in alpine skiing and the host country led the medal table with eight. France won four gold, three silver and a bronze, as Jean-Claude Killy swept the three men's events. The top women's medalist was Canada's Nancy Greene, with one gold and one silver.

Medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)4318
2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)1135
3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)1102
4Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)0123
Totals (4 nations)66618

Source: [2]

Men's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Jean-Claude Killy
Flag of France.svg  France
1:59.85 Guy Périllat
Flag of France.svg  France
1:59.93 Jean-Daniel Dätwyler
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
2:00.32
Giant slalom
details
Jean-Claude Killy
Flag of France.svg  France
3:29.28 Willy Favre
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
3:31.50 Heini Messner
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
3:31.83
Slalom
details
Jean-Claude Killy
Flag of France.svg  France
1:39.73 Herbert Huber
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:39.82 Alfred Matt
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:40.09

Source: [2]

Women's events

EventGoldSilverBronze
Downhill
details
Olga Pall
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:40.87 Isabelle Mir
Flag of France.svg  France
1:41.33 Christl Haas
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
1:41.41
Giant slalom
details
Nancy Greene
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
1:51.97 Annie Famose
Flag of France.svg  France
1:54.61 Fernande Bochatay
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
1:54.74
Slalom
details
Marielle Goitschel
Flag of France.svg  France
1:25.86 Nancy Greene
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
1:26.15 Annie Famose
Flag of France.svg  France
1:27.89

Source: [2]

Course information

DateRaceStart
Elevation
Finish
Elevation
Vertical
Drop
Course
Length
Average
Gradient
Thu 9-Feb Downhill - men 2,252 m (7,388 ft) 1,412 m (4,633 ft) 840 m (2,756 ft) 2.890 km (1.796 mi)
Fri 10-Feb Downhill - women 2,252 m (7,388 ft) 1,650 m (5,413 ft) 602 m (1,975 ft) 2.160 km (1.342 mi)
Sat 11-Feb Giant Slalom - men  (1st run) 2,090 m (6,857 ft) 1,650 m (5,413 ft) 440 m (1,444 ft) 1.650 km (1.025 mi)
Sun 12-Feb Giant Slalom - men  (2nd run) 2,153 m (7,064 ft) 1,703 m (5,587 ft) 450 m (1,476 ft) 1.780 km (1.106 mi)
Wed 15-Feb Giant Slalom - women 2,090 m (6,857 ft) 1,650 m (5,413 ft) 440 m (1,444 ft) 1.610 km (1.000 mi)
Fri 17-Feb Slalom - men  (2 runs) 1,827 m (5,994 ft) 1,650 m (5,413 ft) 177 m (581 ft) 0.520 km (0.323 mi)
Mon 13-Feb Slalom - women  (2 runs) 1,806 m (5,925 ft) 1,650 m (5,413 ft) 156 m (512 ft) 0.420 km (0.261 mi)

Source: [2]

Participating nations

Thirty-three nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Innsbruck. West and East Germany competed separately for the first time and Morocco made its Olympic alpine skiing debut. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors. [2]

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

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Rapport Officiel Xes Jeux Olympiques D'Hiver 1968 Grenoble" (PDF). Comité d'organisation des Xemes jeux olympiques d'hiver. LA84 Foundation. 1968. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
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