at the XI Olympic Winter Games
|Venue|| Mount Eniwa (downhill) and Teine |
|Dates||February 5–13, 1972|
|No. of events||6|
|Competitors||144 from 27 nations|
| Alpine skiing at the|
1972 Winter Olympics
Alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympics consisted of six events, held February 5–13 near Sapporo, Japan. The downhills were held at Mount Eniwa, and the four technical events at Teine.
Six nations won medals in alpine skiing; Switzerland led in medals with three gold, two silver, and a bronze. Switzerland's Marie-Theres Nadig led the individual medal table, with two gold medals. The top men's medalist was Gustav Thöni of Italy with a gold and a silver.
The gold medal won in the slalom by Francisco Fernández Ochoa was Spain's first medal at the Winter Olympics. Through 2018, it remains its only gold medal at the Winter Games.
|3||United States (USA)||1||0||1||2|
|Totals (6 nations)||6||6||6||18|
|Downhill|| Bernhard Russi |
|1:51.43|| Roland Collombin |
|1:52.07|| Heini Messner |
|Giant slalom|| Gustav Thöni |
|3:09.62|| Edy Bruggmann |
|3:10.75|| Werner Mattle |
|Slalom|| Francisco Fernández Ochoa |
|1:49.27|| Gustav Thöni |
|1:50.28|| Roland Thöni |
|Downhill|| Marie-Theres Nadig |
|1:36.68|| Annemarie Moser-Pröll |
|1:37.00|| Susan Corrock |
|Giant slalom|| Marie-Theres Nadig |
|1:29.90|| Annemarie Moser-Pröll |
|1:30.75|| Wiltrud Drexel |
|Slalom|| Barbara Cochran |
|1:31.24|| Danièle Debernard |
|1:31.26|| Florence Steurer |
|Mon 7-Feb||Downhill – men||1,126 m (3,694 ft)||354 m (1,161 ft)||772 m (2,533 ft)||2.636 km (1.638 mi)||29.3%|
|Sat 5-Feb||Downhill – women||870 m (2,854 ft)||336 m (1,102 ft)||534 m (1,752 ft)||2.108 km (1.310 mi)||25.3%|
|Wed 9-Feb||Giant Slalom – men (1st run)||952 m (3,123 ft)||550 m (1,804 ft)||402 m (1,319 ft)||1.075 km (0.668 mi)||37.4%|
|Thu 10-Feb||Giant Slalom – men (2nd run)||952 m (3,123 ft)||550 m (1,804 ft)||402 m (1,319 ft)||1.089 km (0.677 mi)||36.9%|
|Tue 8-Feb||Giant Slalom – women||982 m (3,222 ft)||625 m (2,051 ft)||357 m (1,171 ft)||1.232 km (0.766 mi)||29.0%|
|Sun 13-Feb||Slalom – men (2 runs)||795 m (2,608 ft)||567 m (1,860 ft)||228 m (748 ft)||0.531 km (0.330 mi)||42.9%|
|Fri 11-Feb||Slalom – women (2 runs)||751 m (2,464 ft)||567 m (1,860 ft)||184 m (604 ft)||0.449 km (0.279 mi)||34.3%|
Twenty-seven nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Sapporo. The Philippines and Chinese Taipei made their Olympic alpine skiing debuts. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.
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Sapporo Teine (サッポロテイネ) is a recreational center in Teine-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It comprises many facilities, such as the ski resort, the Teineyama Ropeway, and the Sapporo Teine Golf Club fields.
The Men's Downhill competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Mount Eniwa on Monday, February 7.
The Men's giant slalom competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Teine.
The Men's slalom competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Teine.
The Women's downhill competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Mount Eniwa on Saturday, February 5.
The Women's giant slalom competition of the Sapporo 1972 Olympics was held at Teine.
The Women's slalom competition of the 1972 Winter Olympics at Sapporo, Japan, was held at Teine on Friday, February 11.