at the XVI Olympic Winter Games
|Venue|| Val d’Isère,|
Les Menuires (men's slalom),
Méribel (women's races),
|Dates||9–22 February 1992|
|No. of events||10|
|Competitors||321 from 50 nations|
| Alpine skiing at the|
1992 Winter Olympics
Alpine Skiing at the 1992 Winter Olympics at Albertville, France, consisted of ten alpine skiing events, held 9–22 February. The men's races were held at Val d’Isère, except for the slalom, which was at Les Menuires. All five women's events were conducted at Méribel.
Twelve nations won medals in Alpine skiing, with Austria leading the medal table with eight (3 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze). Petra Kronberger of Austria led the individual medal table with two gold medals, while Alberto Tomba of Italy was the most successful male skier with two medals, one gold and one silver.
Marc Girardelli's two silver medals were the first won for Luxembourg in the Winter Olympics, and made him its most successful Olympic athlete to date. Annelise Coberger's silver medal in the women's slalom was New Zealand's first, and through 2014, only Winter Olympic medal. Norway's four medals were its first in alpine skiing in 40 years, since 1952 in Oslo.
|United States (USA)||0||2||0||2|
|9||New Zealand (NZL)||0||1||0||1|
|Totals (12 nations)||10||11||9||30|
|Downhill|| Patrick Ortlieb |
|1:50.37|| Franck Piccard |
|1:50.42|| Günther Mader |
|Super-G|| Kjetil André Aamodt |
|1:13.04|| Marc Girardelli |
|1:13.77|| Jan Einar Thorsen |
|Giant slalom|| Alberto Tomba |
|2:06.98|| Marc Girardelli |
|2:07.30|| Kjetil André Aamodt |
|Slalom|| Finn Christian Jagge |
|1:44.39|| Alberto Tomba |
|1:44.67|| Michael Tritscher |
|Combined|| Josef Polig |
|14.58|| Gianfranco Martin |
|14.90|| Steve Locher |
|Downhill|| Kerrin Lee-Gartner |
|1:52.55|| Hilary Lindh |
|1:52.61|| Veronika Wallinger |
|Super-G|| Deborah Compagnoni |
|1:21.22|| Carole Merle |
|1:22.63|| Katja Seizinger |
|Giant slalom|| Pernilla Wiberg |
|2:12.74|| Anita Wachter |
|Slalom|| Petra Kronberger |
|1:32.68|| Annelise Coberger |
|1:33.10|| Blanca Fernández Ochoa |
|Combined|| Petra Kronberger |
|2.55|| Anita Wachter |
|19.39|| Florence Masnada |
|Sun 9-Feb||Downhill - men||2,809 m (9,216 ft)||1,836 m (6,024 ft)||973 m (3,192 ft)||3.048 km (1.894 mi)||31.9%|
|Sat 15-Feb||Downhill - women||2,260 m (7,415 ft)||1,432 m (4,698 ft)||828 m (2,717 ft)||2.770 km (1.721 mi)||29.9%|
|Mon 10-Feb||Downhill - (K) - men||2,680 m (8,793 ft)||1,836 m (6,024 ft)||844 m (2,769 ft)||2.638 km (1.639 mi)||32.0%|
|Wed 12-Feb||Downhill - (K) - women||2,080 m (6,824 ft)||1,432 m (4,698 ft)||648 m (2,126 ft)||2.200 km (1.367 mi)||29.5%|
|Sun 16-Feb||Super-G - men||2,371 m (7,779 ft)||1,836 m (6,024 ft)||535 m (1,755 ft)||1.650 km (1.025 mi)||32.4%|
|Tue 18-Feb||Super-G - women||1,930 m (6,332 ft)||1,432 m (4,698 ft)||498 m (1,634 ft)||1.510 km (0.938 mi)||33.0%|
|Tue 18-Feb||Giant Slalom - men||2,220 m (7,283 ft)||1,836 m (6,024 ft)||384 m (1,260 ft)||1.135 km (0.705 mi)||33.8%|
|Wed 19-Feb||Giant Slalom - women||1,830 m (6,004 ft)||1,432 m (4,698 ft)||398 m (1,306 ft)||1.320 km (0.820 mi)||30.2%|
|Sat 22-Feb||Slalom - men||2,070 m (6,791 ft)||1,850 m (6,070 ft)||220 m (722 ft)||0.626 km (0.389 mi)||35.1%|
|Thu 20-Feb||Slalom - women||1,622 m (5,322 ft)||1,432 m (4,698 ft)||190 m (623 ft)||0.480 km (0.298 mi)||39.6%|
|Tue 11-Feb||Slalom - (K) - men||2,040 m (6,693 ft)||1,836 m (6,024 ft)||204 m (669 ft)|
|Thu 13-Feb||Slalom - (K) - women||1,572 m (5,157 ft)||1,432 m (4,698 ft)||140 m (459 ft)||0.350 km (0.217 mi)||40.0%|
Fifty nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Albertville. Algeria, Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, North Korea, Slovenia, Swaziland and the Unified Team (athletes from the former Soviet Union) made their Olympic alpine skiing debuts. Germany competed as one team for the first time since 1964. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.
The 1992 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVI Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Albertville '92, were a winter multi-sport event held from 8 to 23 February 1992 in and around Albertville, France. Albertville won the bid to host the Winter Olympics in 1986, beating Sofia, Falun, Lillehammer, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Anchorage, and Berchtesgaden. The 1992 Games were the last year the Winter Olympics were held in the same year as the Summer Olympics. The Games were the fifth Olympic Games held in France and the country's third Winter Olympics, after the 1924 Winter Games in Chamonix and the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble.
Val d'Isère is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department in southeastern France. It lies 5 km (3 mi) from the border with Italy. It is on the border of the Vanoise National Park created in 1963. During the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympics, the Face de Bellevarde was the site of the men's downhill race. Other alpine skiing events held during those games included men's giant slalom and alpine combined. Val d'Isère regularly hosts World Cup alpine events, usually for the men in early December, and hosted the World Championships in 2009. It is located in the Savoie région with good transport links in and out of Lyon, Geneva and Chambéry. The ski area of Val d'Isère and Tignes forms the Espace Killy, named after the triple Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy who grew up in Val d'Isère. There are two mountain huts owned by the Vanoise National Park on the territory of Val d’Isère: le Refuge du Prariond and le Refuge du Fond des Fours.
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