Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 50th Anniversary

The 2016-2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of the FIS Alpine World Cup. 3188 races were held in the past 50 years.
The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions,
It all started in 1966 in Portillo (CHI), when a group of visionary friends which included French journalist Serge Lang and the alpine ski team directors from France, Honore Bonnet, and the USA, Bob Beattie, had the idea to create a Tour, gathering different resorts and different disciplines and award a title to the Overall winner. It was soon backed by International Ski Federation president Marc Hodler and became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 after the FIS Congress at Beirut, Lebanon. On 5th January 1967, the first race was held in Berchtesgaden (Germany) and the World Cup history began.
From Jean-Claude Killy winning the first ever FIS World Cup Overall ranking, to Marcel Hirscher earning five World Cups Overalls in a row, not forgetting Lindsey Vonn chasing down Ingemar Stenmark’s record of most World Cup victories, we are looking forward to go through all these interesting and fascinating facts from the past 50 years.

Fact and Figures

First FIS World Cup Races:
  • 5th January 1967. Berchtesgaden (GER). Slalom Men. Winner: Jean-Claude Killy (FRA)
  • 7th January 1967. Oberstaufen (GER). Slalom Ladies.Winner Nancy Greene (CAN)
Most Successful Overall Winner:
  • Ladies: Annemarie Moser-Pröll (AUT) 6 Victories
  • Men: Marc Girardelli (LUX) and Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 5 Victories
Most FIS World Cup Victories Overall:
  • Ladies: Lindsey Vonn (USA) 76 Victories
  • Men: Ingemar Stenmark (SWE) 86 Victories
Most FIS World Cup Victories Downhill:
  • Ladies: Lindsey Vonn (USA) 38 Victories
  • Men: Franz Klammer (AUT) 25 Victories
Most FIS World Cup Victories Super-G:
  • Ladies: Lindsey Vonn (USA) 27 Victories
  • Men: Hermann Maier (AUT) 24 Victories
Most FIS World Cup Victories Giant Slalom:
  • Ladies: Vreni Schneider (SUI) 20 Victories
  • Men: Ingemar Stenmark (SWE) 46 Victories
Most FIS World Cup Victories Slalom:
  • Ladies: Marlies Schild (AUT) 35 Victories
  • Men: Ingemar Stenmark (SWE) 40 Victories

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