Alpine Skiing in History

Events in Sport

  • 1936-02-08 German alpine skier Christi Cranz wins the inaugural Olympic women’s combined gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games ahead of teammate Käthe Grasegger
  • 1948-02-04 After winning the men’s downhill, French alpine skier Henri Oreiller takes the combined gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; becomes most successful athlete at these Games with a slalom bronze
  • 1952-02-20 American alpine skier Andrea Mead-Lawrence is only multi-gold medallist at the Oslo Winter Olympics when she wins the slalom, after taking out the inaugural giant slalom
  • 1956-01-28 Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the giant slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics on his way to a sweep of the 3 alpine skiing events at the Games
  • 1956-01-31 Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics for his 2nd gold medal of the Games; sweeps all 3 alpine skiing events
  • 1956-02-03 Toni Sailer of Austria wins the downhill at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; becomes first athlete to sweep all 3 alpine skiing events in a single Olympics
  • 1968-02-09 World champion Jean-Claude Killy of France wins the downhill at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; first of 3-event clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Games
  • 1968-02-12 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy follows his win in the downhill with victory in the giant slalom at the Grenoble Winter Olympics; clean sweeps 3 alpine skiing events with success in the slalom
  • 1968-02-17 Frenchman Jean Claude-Killy completes a clean sweep of the alpine skiing events at the Grenoble Winter Olympics when he wins the slalom; also takes out the downhill and giant slalom
  • 1980-02-19 Swedish alpine skier Ingemar Stenmark wins the giant slalom from Andreas Wenzel of Liechtenstein at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; also takes slalom gold
  • 1983-03-01 Alpine skier Tamara McKinney becomes the first American woman to top the overall World Cup standings with 225 points
  • 2014-02-10 German alpine skier Maria Höfl-Riesch retains her Olympic combined title (Vancouver 2010) when she Nicole Hosp beats of Austria by 0.4s
  • 2014-02-12 Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze of Slovenia tie for gold in the women’s downhill event at 1:41.57s at the Sochi Winter Games; first-ever dead-heat in Olympic alpine skiing
  • 2014-02-16 At age 36, American Bode Miller becomes the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing history when he ties for bronze in the super-G in Sochi
  • 2014-02-19 After winning the combined gold in Turin (2006), American alpine skier Ted Ligety has to wait 8 years for his next Olympic success, gold in the giant slalom in Sochi
  • 2014-02-22 At age 34, Mario Matt of Austria becomes the oldest champion in Olympic alpine skiing history with the slalom gold medal at Sochi
  • 2018-02-13 Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the men's combined gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; goes on to also win giant slalom gold
  • 2018-02-18 After taking out the men's combined gold medal, Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher wins the giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • 2018-02-24 Swiss alpine skiers Luca Aerni, Denise Feierabend, Wendy Holdener, Daniel Yule & Ramon Zenhäusern win the inaugural Olympic team event at Pyeongchang

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1914-07-01 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • 1927-09-02 Trudi Jochum-Beiser, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Lech am Arlberg, Austria
  • 1927-12-11 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • 1931-02-01 Madeleine Berthod, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold women's downhill 1956), born in Château d'Oex, Vaud, Switzerland
  • 1932-04-19 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2009)
  • 1933-01-18 Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), born in Le Bardo, Tunisia (d. 2017)
  • 1939-01-11 Anne Heggtveit, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1960), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1942-05-01 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Olympic giant slalom silver, slalom bronze 1964), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • 1943-08-30 Jean-Claude Killy, French alpine skier (3 Olympic gold 1968), born in Paris, France
  • 1944-06-09 Christine Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sallanches, France
  • 1945-01-10 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968; shot by actress Claudine Longet), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1976)
  • 1945-09-28 Marielle Goitschel, French alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Sainte-Maxime, France
  • 1953-02-01 Andy Mill, American alpine skier (non-placed Olympics, World C'ships; ex-husband of tennis player Chris Evert), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1953-12-03 Franz Klammer, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1976; World C'ships gold combined 1974, downhill 1976), born in Mooswald, Carinthia, Austria
  • 1956-03-18 Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1980), born in Joesjö, Sweden
  • 1956-12-14 Hanni Wenzel, German alpine ski racer (Olympic-2 gold-1980), born in Straubing, Bavaria, West Germany
  • 1962-03-28 Jure Franko, Slovenian-Yugoslav alpine skier, born in Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • 1963-02-04 Pirmin Zurbriggen, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1964-11-26 Vreni Schneider, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988, 94), born in Elm, Switzerland
  • 1968-03-03 Diann Roffe-Steinrotter, alpine skier (Olympic gold/silver-92), born in Warsaw, New York
  • 1969-02-21 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Pfarrwerfen, Austria
  • 1972-04-24 Jure Košir, Slovenian alpine skier, born in Jesenice, Yugoslavia
  • 1978-02-28 Benjamin Raich, Austrian alpine ski racer, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1981-04-25 Anja Pärson, Swedish alpine skier, born in Umeå, Sweden
  • 1982-04-02 Jeremy Bloom, American alpine skier (FIS Freestyle World Ski C'ships gold dual moguls 2003) and football wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Loveland, Colorado
  • 1984-03-09 Julia Mancuso, American Alpine skier (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Reno, Nevada

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1988-07-30 American tennis player Chris Evert (33) weds American alpine skier Andy Mill (34) in Boca Raton, Florida (divorced 2006)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006-12-04 American tennis player Chris Evert (51) divorces American alpine skier Andy Mill (52) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, citing irreconcilable differences

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Deaths in Sport

  • 1976-03-21 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968), dies when shot by actress Claudine Longet at 31
  • 2004-09-28 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), dies at 90
  • 2007-05-14 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Olympic giant slalom silver, slalom bronze 1964), dies of breast cancer at 65
  • 2009-03-30 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), dies of leiomyosarcoma at 76
  • 2015-12-27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), dies at 88
  • 2016-01-21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • 2017-01-02 Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), dies after a stroke at 83