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The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time 

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List Rules Any athletes to compete in alpine skiing, active or inactive, living or dead.

A list of the greatest alpine skiers of all time, ranked by standings and the amount of medals received. Alpine skiing is a popular winter sport that involves sliding down a snow-covered hill at fast speeds; it is also called “downhill skiing." It is the most popular in countries like Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand because of the ideal weather conditions. These are the most famous and best alpine skiers in the world, including Olympic champions and winners of other contests in which alpine skiers participate.

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Janica Kostelić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Matej Balun added Age: 37

Nationality: Croatia

Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Janica Kostelić (Croatian pronunciation: [janitsa kǒstelitɕ]; born 5 January 1982) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and four-time Olympic gold medalist from Croatia. In addition to the ...more

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Marcel Hirscher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 30

Nationality: Austria

Birthplace: Annaberg-Lungötz, Austria

Marcel Hirscher (born 2 March 1989) is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007. He competes primarily in slalom and giant slalom, as well as ...more

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Hermann Maier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 47

Nationality: Austria

Birthplace: Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria

Hermann Maier (born 7 December 1972) is an Austrian former World Cup champion alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. Nicknamed the "Herminator", Maier ranks among the greatest ...more

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Ingemar Stenmark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 63

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Joesjö, Sweden

Jan Ingemar Stenmark (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪŋː(ɛ)mar ²steːnmark]; born 18 March 1956 in Joesjö, Sweden) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Sweden. He is regarded as one of ...more

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Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 35

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Lindsey Caroline Vonn (née Kildow ; born October 18, 1984) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team. She won four World Cup overall championships—one of only ...more

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Mikaela Shiffrin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Mikaela Shiffrin Age: 24

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Vail, Colorado

Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin is an American World Cup alpine ski racer with the U.S. Ski Team, specializing in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. She is the reigning Olympic, World ...more

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Alberto Tomba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 53

Nationality: Italy

Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

Alberto Tomba (born 19 December 1966 in San Lazzaro di Savena) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Italy. He was the dominant technical skier (slalom and giant slalom) in the late 1980s ...more

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Ivica Kostelić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 40

Nationality: Croatia

Birthplace: Zagreb, Yugoslavia

Ivica Kostelić (pronounced [ˈiʋitsa ˈkɔstɛlitɕ]; born 23 November 1979) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Croatia. He specialized in slalom and combined, but was also one of the few ...more

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Bode Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Bode Miller Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Easton, New Hampshire, United States of America

Samuel Bode Miller (; born October 12, 1977) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer. He is an Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, a two-time overall World Cup champion in ...more

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Aksel Lund Svindal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Aksel Lund Svindal Age: 37

Nationality: Norway

Birthplace: Lørenskog, Norway

Aksel Lund Svindal (born 26 December 1982) is a Norwegian former World Cup alpine ski racer. Born in Lørenskog in Akershus county, Svindal is a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007 ...more

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Franz Klammer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 66

Nationality: Austria

Birthplace: Fresach, Austria

Franz Klammer (born 3 December 1953) is a former champion alpine ski racer from Austria. Klammer overwhelmingly dominated the downhill event for four consecutive World Cup seasons (1975-78). He ...more

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Kjetil André Aamo... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 48

Nationality: Norway

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Kjetil André Aamodt (born 2 September 1971) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Norway, a champion in the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup. He is the most decorated ...more

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Marc Girardelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Marc Girardelli Age: 56

Nationality: Austria

Birthplace: Lustenau, Austria

Marc Girardelli (born 18 July 1963) is an Austrian and Luxembourgian former alpine ski racer, a five-time World Cup overall champion who excelled in all five alpine disciplines.
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Jean-Claude Killy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 76

Nationality: France

Birthplace: Saint-Cloud, France

Jean-Claude Killy (born 30 August 1943) is a former French World Cup alpine ski racer. Born in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine, he dominated the sport in the late 1960s. He was a triple Olympic ...more
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Tina Maze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 36

Nationality: Slovenia

Birthplace: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Tina Maze (Slovene: [ˈtiːna ˈmaːzɛ]; born 2 May 1983) is a retired Slovenian World Cup alpine ski racer. Maze is the most successful Slovenian ski racer in history with a career that culminated ...more

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Pirmin Zurbriggen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 56

Nationality: Switzerland

Birthplace: Saas-Almagell, Switzerland

Pirmin Zurbriggen (born 4 February 1963) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. One of the most successful ski racers ever, he won the overall World Cup title four times, an ...more

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Benjamin Raich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 41

Nationality: Austria

Birthplace: Innsbruck, Austria

Benjamin Raich (born 28 February 1978 in Arzl im Pitztal, Tyrol) is a retired champion World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Austria. With 14 medals won at Winter Olympics ...more

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Anja Pärson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 38

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Umeå, Sweden

Anja Sofia Tess Pärson (Swedish pronunciation: [²anːja ˈpæːʂɔn]; born 25 April 1981) is a Swedish former alpine skier. She is an Olympic gold medalist, seven-time gold medalist ...more

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Didier Cuche is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 45

Nationality: Switzerland

Birthplace: Le Pâquier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Didier Cuche (born 16 August 1974) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Switzerland. Born in Le Pâquier, Neuchâtel, he competed in the downhill and super-G, along with the ...more
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Gustav Thöni is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 68

Nationality: Italy

Birthplace: Stilfs, Italy

Gustav Thöni (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɡustav ˈtøːni; ˈteːni]; sometimes listed as Gustavo Thoeni; born 28 February 1951) is a retired alpine ski racer from Italy.
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Lasse Kjus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 48

Nationality: Norway

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Lasse Kjus (born 14 January 1971) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Norway. He won the overall World Cup title twice, an Olympic gold medal, and several World Championships. His ...more
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Phil Mahre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 62

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Yakima, Washington

Phillip Ferdinand Mahre (born May 10, 1957) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer, widely regarded as one of the greatest American skiers of all time. His total of 27 World Cup race wins is ...more

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Annemarie Moser-Prö... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
bobsmith222 added Age: 66

Nationality: Austria

Birthplace: Kleinarl, Austria

Annemarie Moser-Pröll (born 27 March 1953) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria. Born in Kleinarl, Salzburg, she was the most successful female alpine ski racer during the ...more

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Toni Sailer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1935-2009)

Nationality: Austria

Birthplace: Kitzbühel, Austria

Anton Engelbert "Toni" Sailer (17 November 1935 – 24 August 2009) was an Austrian alpine ski racer, considered among the best in the sport. At age 20, he won all three gold medals in ...more
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Maria Höfl-Riesch ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time
Age: 35

Nationality: Germany

Birthplace: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Maria Höfl-Riesch (German pronunciation: [maʁiːaː høːfl ʁiːʃ]; née Riesch, born 24 November 1984) is a former German World Cup alpine ski racer. She is a three-time Olympic ...more

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