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The Greatest Alpine Skiers of All Time

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List RulesAny 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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    NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceJoesjö, 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 the most...  more
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    NationalityCroatia

    BirthplaceZagreb, 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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    Marc Girardelli

    Age: 58

    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceLustenau, 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....  more
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    NationalityCroatia

    BirthplaceZagreb, Croatia

    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 alpine...  more
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    Mikaela Shiffrin

    Age: 26

    BirthplaceVail, 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 Cup, and...  more
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    NationalitySwitzerland

    BirthplaceSaas-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 Olympic...  more
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    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceAnnaberg-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 combined...  more
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    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceFresach, 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 was...  more
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    Lasse Kjus

    Age: 50

    NationalityNorway

    BirthplaceOslo, 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 combined...  more
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    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceInnsbruck, 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 and...  more
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    NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceUmeå, 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 at the World...  more
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    Tina Maze

    Age: 38

    NationalitySlovenia

    BirthplaceSlovenj 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 with...  more
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    NationalityItaly

    BirthplaceBologna, 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 and...  more
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    NationalitySwitzerland

    BirthplaceLe 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 giant slalom. He won...  more
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    Aksel Lund Svindal

    Age: 38

    NationalityNorway

    BirthplaceLørenskog, 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 and 2009), an...  more
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    Bode Miller

    Age: 43

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEaston, 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 2005 and...  more

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    Anna Fenninger

    Age: 32

    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceHallein, Austria

    Anna Veith (née Fenninger; born 18 June 1989) is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She was the overall World Cup champion for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Born in...  more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSaint 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 two female...  more

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    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceAltenmarkt 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 alpine ski racers...  more
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    NationalityFinland

    BirthplaceRovaniemi, Finland

    Tanja Tuulia Poutiainen (born 6 April 1980) is a retired World Cup alpine ski racer from Finland. She specialized in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom, and was the silver medalist in...  more
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    Phil Mahre

    Age: 64

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceYakima, 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 fourth...  more
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    NationalityFrance

    BirthplaceSaint-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 champion,...  more
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    NationalityNorway

    BirthplaceLørenskog, Norway

    Henrik Kristoffersen is a Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic medalist. Born in Lørenskog in Akershus county, Kristoffersen specializes in the technical events of slalom and giant...  more
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    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceAdmont, Austria

    Marlies Raich (née Schild, born 31 May 1981) is a retired Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer. She specializes in the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom. Schild won four Olympic medals,...  more
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    NationalityAustria

    BirthplaceKleinarl, 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 1970s, with...  more