FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

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FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
FIS World Ski Championships Gold Medal.jpg
gold medal
Statusactive
Genresporting event
Date(s)January–February
Frequencybiennial
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1931 (1931)
Organised by FIS

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is an alpine skiing competition organized by the International Ski Federation (FIS).

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History

The inaugural world championships in alpine skiing were held in 1931. During the 1930s, the event was held annually in Europe, until interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, preventing a 1940 event. An event was held in 1941, but included competitors only from nations from the Axis powers or nations not at war with them. The results were later cancelled by the FIS in 1946 because of the limited number of participants, so they are not considered official. [1]

Following the war, the championships were connected with the Olympics for several decades. From 1948 through 1982, the competition was held in even-numbered years, with the Winter Olympics acting as the World Championships through 1980, and a separate competition held in even-numbered non-Olympic years. The 1950 championships in the United States at Aspen were the first held outside of Europe and the first official championships separate of the Olympics since 1939.

The combined event was dropped after 1948 with the addition of the giant slalom in 1950, but returned in 1954 as a "paper" race which used the results of the three events: downhill, giant slalom, and slalom. During Olympic years from 1956 through 1980, FIS World Championship medals were awarded in the combined, but not Olympic medals. The combined returned as a separately run event in 1982 with its own downhill and two-run slalom, and the Super-G was added to the program in 1987. (Both were also added to the Olympics in 1988.)

There were no World Championships in 1983 or 1984 and since 1985, they have been scheduled in odd-numbered years, independent of the Winter Olympics. A lack of snow in southern Spain in 1995 caused a postponement to the following year.

Summary

YearPlaceCountryYearOfficial FIS designation [2] Events
1931 Mürren  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1931  1st Alpine World Ski Championships4
1932 Cortina d'Ampezzo Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1932 2nd Alpine World Ski Championships6
1933 Innsbruck Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1933 3rd Alpine World Ski Championships6
1934 St. Moritz  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1934 4th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1935 Mürren  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1935 5th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1936 Innsbruck Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1936 6th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1937 Chamonix Flag of France.svg  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1937 7th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1938 Engelberg  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1938 8th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1939 Zakopane Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg  Poland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1939 9th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1941 Cortina d'Ampezzo Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1941 none [1] -
1948 St. Moritz  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1948 Winter Olympics 10th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1950 Aspen, Colorado Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1950 11th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1952 Oslo Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1952 Winter Olympics 12th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1954 Åre Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1954 13th Alpine World Ski Championships8
1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1956 Winter Olympics 14th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1958 Badgastein Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1958 15th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1960 Squaw Valley, California Flag of the United States (1959-1960).svg  United States 1960 Winter Olympics 16th Alpine World Ski Championships9
1962 Chamonix Flag of France.svg  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1962 17th Alpine World Ski Championships8
1964 Innsbruck Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1964 Winter Olympics 18th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1966 Portillo Flag of Chile.svg  Chile FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 19th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1968 Grenoble Flag of France.svg  France 1968 Winter Olympics 20th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1970 Val Gardena Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1970 21st Alpine World Ski Championships8
1972 Sapporo Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan 1972 Winter Olympics 22nd Alpine World Ski Championships6
1974 St. Moritz  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1974 23rd Alpine World Ski Championships8
1976 Innsbruck Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1976 Winter Olympics 24th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1978 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1978 25th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1980 Lake Placid, New York Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1980 Winter Olympics 26th Alpine World Ski Championships6
1982 Schladming Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1982 27th Alpine World Ski Championships8
1985 Bormio Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1985 28th Alpine World Ski Championships10
1987 Crans-Montana  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1987 29th Alpine World Ski Championships10
1989 Vail, Colorado Flag of the United States.svg  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1989 30th Alpine World Ski Championships10
1991 Saalbach Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1991 31st Alpine World Ski Championships10
1993 Morioka Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg  Japan FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1993 32nd Alpine World Ski Championships10
1996 Sierra Nevada Flag of Spain.svg  Spain FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1996 33rd Alpine World Ski Championships10
1997 Sestriere Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1997 34th Alpine World Ski Championships10
1999 Vail/Beaver Creek, CO Flag of the United States.svg  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1999 35th Alpine World Ski Championships10
2001 St. Anton Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2001 36th Alpine World Ski Championships10
2003 St. Moritz  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2003 37th Alpine World Ski Championships10
2005 Bormio Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2005 38th Alpine World Ski Championships10
2007 Åre Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2007 39th Alpine World Ski Championships11
2009 Val d'Isère Flag of France.svg  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2009 40th Alpine World Ski Championships11
2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Flag of Germany.svg  Germany FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 41st Alpine World Ski Championships11
2013 Schladming Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013 42nd Alpine World Ski Championships11
2015 Vail/Beaver Creek, CO Flag of the United States.svg  United States FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015 43rd Alpine World Ski Championships11
2017 St. Moritz  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 44th Alpine World Ski Championships11
2019 Åre Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 45th Alpine World Ski Championships11
2021 Cortina d'Ampezzo Flag of Italy.svg  Italy FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2021 46th Alpine World Ski Championships13
2023 Courchevel-Méribel Flag of France.svg  France FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023 47th Alpine World Ski Championships13
2025 Saalbach Flag of Austria.svg  Austria FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2025 48th Alpine World Ski Championships13

List of host countries

A total of twelve countries have hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, including those which were shared with the Winter Olympics. All of the top-7 on the list of nations which have won FIS World Cup races have been selected as host at least twice. The World Championships have been held only once in the Southern Hemisphere, in August 1966 at Portillo, Chile. The list is complete through 2021 and does not include the unofficial 1941 event.

CountryWorld Championships hostedEarliest
year
  Latest  
year
Future
Total numberIndependentShared with
Olympics
 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 98119312017
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 972193320132025
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 76119322021
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 64219502015
Flag of France.svg  France 431193720092023
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 33019542019
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 22019782011
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 21119721993
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 1101939
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1101966
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1101996
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1011952
Totals46361019312021

Events

Event 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 85 87 89 91 93 96 97 99 01 03 05 07 09 11 13 15 17 19 21
Men's combined
Men's downhill
Men's slalom
Men's giant slalom
Men's Super G
Men's Parallel Event
Women's combined
Women's downhill
Women's slalom
Women's giant slalom
Women's Super G
Women's Parallel Event
Mixed Nations Team Event
Total Events466666666666888888888888888810101091010101010111110111111111113

Note: The men's Super G in 1993 and the team event in 2009 were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, and no medals were awarded.

Skiers with most individual medals

Participants with five or more medals in the individual disciplines (not including team events) at the Alpine Skiing World Championships are (boldface denotes active skiers): [3] [4]

Men

NameCountryTotalGoldSilverBronze
Kjetil André Aamodt Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 12543
Marc Girardelli Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 11443
Lasse Kjus Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 11380
Marcel Hirscher Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 9540
Aksel Lund Svindal Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 9522
Pirmin Zurbriggen  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 9441
Toni Sailer Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 8710
Émile Allais 1Flag of France.svg  France 8440
Gustav Thöni Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 7520
Ingemar Stenmark Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 7511
Ted Ligety Flag of the United States.svg  United States 7502
Rudolf Rominger 1 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 7412
David Zogg 1 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 7340
Benjamin Raich Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 7241
Jean-Claude Killy Flag of France.svg  France 6600
Stein Eriksen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 6411
Hermann Maier Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6321
Karl Schranz Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6321
Guy Périllat Flag of France.svg  France 6231
Günther Mader Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6015
Bode Miller Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5410
Anton Seelos 1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 5410
James Couttet Flag of France.svg  France 5122
Otto Furrer 1 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 5122
Alexis Pinturault Flag of France.svg  France 5113

1Note: Medals earned in the 1930s, when it was an annual event.

Women

NameCountryTotalGoldSilverBronze
Christl Cranz 1,2 Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Germany 151230
Marielle Goitschel Flag of France.svg  France 11740
Anja Pärson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 11713
Mikaela Shiffrin Flag of the United States.svg  United States 11623
Annemarie Moser-Pröll Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 9522
Tina Maze Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 9450
Hanni Wenzel Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 9432
Lara Gut-Behrami  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 8233
Lindsey Vonn Flag of the United States.svg  United States 8233
Lisa Resch 1 Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Germany 8143
Erika Hess  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 7601
Renate Götschl Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 7232
Käthe Grasegger 1 Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Germany 7016
Pernilla Wiberg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 6411
Inge Wersin-Lantschner 1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6330
Vreni Schneider  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 6321
Annie Famose Flag of France.svg  France 6123
Nicole Hosp Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 6123
Janica Kostelić Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 5500
Trude Jochum-Beiser Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 5320
Anna Fenninger Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 5311
Anny Rüegg 1 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 5212
Maria Höfl-Riesch Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 5203
Frieda Dänzer  Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 5131
Petra Vlhová Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 5131
Marlies Schild Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 5122
Mateja Svet Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 5113
Nini von Arx-Zogg 1 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 5041
Julia Mancuso Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5023
Anita Wachter Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 5023

1Note: Medals earned in the 1930s, when it was an annual event.2Note: Medals from the non-recognized 1941 championship not included

Skiers with most victories

Top 10 skiers who won more gold medals at the Alpine Skiing World Championships (including at team events) are listed below. Boldface denotes active skiers and highest medal count among all skiers (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Men

RankSkierCountryFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Marcel Hirscher Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 20132019 7 **4 11 **
2 Toni Sailer Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 19561958718
3 Jean-Claude Killy Flag of France.svg  France 1966196866
4 Kjetil André Aamodt Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1991200354312
5 Aksel Lund Svindal Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 200520195229
6 Gustav Thöni Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 19721976527
7 Ingemar Stenmark Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 197619825117
8 Ted Ligety Flag of the United States.svg  United States 20092015527
9 Marc Girardelli Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 1985199644311
10 Pirmin Zurbriggen Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 198519894419

Women

RankSkierCountryFromToGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Christl Cranz Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg Germany 1934193912315
2 Marielle Goitschel Flag of France.svg  France 196219687411
3 Anja Pärson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 200120117 2 * 4 * 13 **
4 Mikaela Shiffrin Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2013202162311
5 Erika Hess Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 19801987617
6 Annemarie Moser-Pröll Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 197019805229
7 Janica Kostelić Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 2003200555
8 Tina Maze Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 20092015459
9 Hanni Wenzel Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 197419804329
10 Pernilla Wiberg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 199119994116

* including one medal in the Mixed team event
** including two medals in the Mixed team event

Medals by country

The tables for both genders include medals won at the nine Winter Olympics from 1948 through 1980, though these were also World Championships. The mixed team events is not included for both genders, therefore there is special table for these team competitions. Also, there are two cumulative medal tables – the first one includes medals won at the nine Winter Olympics from 1948 through 1980, the second one don't includes these medals. All tables are current through 2021.

Men

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 565550161
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 333641110
3Flag of France.svg  France 25281871
4Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 23181152
5Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 15141443
6Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1351129
7Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8141739
8Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 63817
9Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 44311
10Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 33410
11Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 15410
12Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1225
13Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1012
14Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1001
15Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 0123
16Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0112
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 0112
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 0112
19Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0011
TOTAL190191190571

Women

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 424647135
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 35342392
3Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 25242776
4Flag of France.svg  France 20241862
5Flag of the United States.svg  United States 16212562
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1151026
7Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 114318
8Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 7111129
9Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 65112
10Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 5005
11Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 44311
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 44311
13Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 1315
14Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1269
15Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1236
16Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1124
17Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1001
18Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 0224
19Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 0022
TOTAL191192187570

Mixed team events

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 3306
2Flag of France.svg  France 2013
3Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1023
4 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1012
5Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1001
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 0336
7Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 0101
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 0101
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 0011
TOTAL88824

Total

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 10110497302
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 697065204
3Flag of France.svg  France 475237136
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 343846118
5Flag of the United States.svg  United States 29263691
6Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 25201762
7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 22252673
8Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 17112149
9Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 148729
10Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 66214
11Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 62210
12Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 59721
13Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 44311
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 44311
15Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 1416
16Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1359
17Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1225
18Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1124
19Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1012
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1012
21Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0112
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 0112
23Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 0022
TOTAL3893913851165

Total (not including 1948–1980 Winter Olympics)

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 878779253
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 596157177
3Flag of France.svg  France 374429110
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 303242104
5Flag of the United States.svg  United States 25193276
6Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 24191659
7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 19222263
8Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 15111945
9Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 117523
10Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 66214
11Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 62210
12Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 44311
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 44311
14Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 37515
15Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 1416
16Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1359
17Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1225
18Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1124
19Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1012
20Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 0112
21Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 0011
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 0011
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 0011
TOTAL3353363311002

See also

References and notes

  1. 1 2 "FIS History". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  2. "Alpine World Ski Championships". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  3. "Podiums". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. "Podiums". FIS-Ski. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2011.

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