at the X Olympic Winter Games
|Dates||9–17 February 1968|
|No. of events||6|
|Competitors||188 from 33 nations|
| Alpine skiing at the|
1968 Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing at the 1968 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held 9–17 February at Chamrousse, southeast of Grenoble, France.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).
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.
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.
|Totals (4 nations)||6||6||6||18|
|Downhill|| Jean-Claude Killy |
|1:59.85|| Guy Périllat |
|1:59.93|| Jean-Daniel Dätwyler |
|Giant slalom|| Jean-Claude Killy |
|3:29.28|| Willy Favre |
|3:31.50|| Heini Messner |
|Slalom|| Jean-Claude Killy |
|1:39.73|| Herbert Huber |
|1:39.82|| Alfred Matt |
|Downhill|| Olga Pall |
|1:40.87|| Isabelle Mir |
|1:41.33|| Christl Haas |
|Giant slalom|| Nancy Greene |
|1:51.97|| Annie Famose |
|1:54.61|| Fernande Bochatay |
|Slalom|| Marielle Goitschel |
|1:25.86|| Nancy Greene |
|1:26.15|| Annie Famose |
|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)||29.1%|
|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)||27.9%|
|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)||26.7%|
|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)||25.3%|
|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)||27.3%|
|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)||34.0%|
|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)||37.1%|
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.
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.
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The Men's giant slalom competition of the Grenoble 1968 Olympics was held at Chamrousse.
The Men's slalom competition of the Grenoble 1968 Olympics was held at Chamrousse.
The Women's Downhill competition of the Grenoble 1968 Olympics was held at Chamrousse on Saturday, 10 February.
The Women's giant slalom competition of the Grenoble 1968 Olympics was held at Chamrousse.
The Women's slalom competition of the Grenoble 1968 Olympics was held at Chamrousse.