Alpine Skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Most of the 2006 Alpine events were conducted in Sestriere, an Alpine village near the French border and 60 km. west of Torino. The women’s downhill, Super G and combined downhill were held in the smaller village of San Sicario, another 8 km. west of Sestriere along SR-23. The Sestriere events were held on Borgata Sestriere and Colle Sestriere, slopes slightly closer to Torino on the outskirts of the main village. Sestriere is famous as an athletic venue. It regularly hosts World Cup ski events, is a famous climb and mountaintop finish in both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, where in the 1999 Tour de France Lance Armstrong dropped Richard Virenque and Alex Zülle, to take the maillot jaune, and truly confirm his comeback from cancer, and hosts an annual international track & field athletics meet, known for its fast sprint times and long horizontal jumps, because of the altitude. Weather was a problem for several events in 2006. The men’s Super G was started, but in heavy snow, and after 15 skiers, the run was cancelled and held later in the day, and the women’s Super G had to be postponed one day because of snow. In the women’s combined, the downhill was postponed from 17 February, and the slalom was held first, the women completing the downhill portion of the combined the next day.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Downhill, Men Olympic 12 February 2006 55 25
Super G, Men Olympic 18 February 2006 63 27
Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 20 February 2006 82 46
Slalom, Men Olympic 25 February 2006 93 48
Combined, Men Olympic 14 February 2006 59 27
Downhill, Women Olympic 15 February 2006 44 19
Super G, Women Olympic 20 February 2006 54 23
Giant Slalom, Women Olympic 24 February 2006 62 37
Slalom, Women Olympic 22 February 2006 64 33
Combined, Women Olympic 17 – 18 February 2006 43 20
287 (168/119) 60 (58/42)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill, Men Antoine DénériazFRA Michael WalchhoferAUT Bruno KernenSUI
Super G, Men Kjetil André AamodtNOR Hermann MaierAUT Ambrosi HoffmannSUI
Giant Slalom, Men Benjamin RaichAUT Joël ChenalFRA Hermann MaierAUT
Slalom, Men Benjamin RaichAUT Reinfried HerbstAUT Rainer SchönfelderAUT
Combined, Men Ted LigetyUSA Ivica KostelićCRO Rainer SchönfelderAUT
Downhill, Women Michaela DorfmeisterAUT Martina SchildSUI Anja PärsonSWE
Super G, Women Michaela DorfmeisterAUT Janica KostelićCRO Alexandra MeissnitzerAUT
Giant Slalom, Women Julia MancusoUSA Tanja PoutiainenFIN Anna OttossonSWE
Slalom, Women Anja PärsonSWE Nicole HospAUT Marlies SchildAUT
Combined, Women Janica KostelićCRO Marlies SchildAUT Anja PärsonSWE

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Austria AUT 4 5 5 14
United States USA 2 0 0 2
Croatia CRO 1 2 0 3
France FRA 1 1 0 2
Sweden SWE 1 0 3 4
Norway NOR 1 0 0 1
Switzerland SUI 0 1 2 3
Finland FIN 0 1 0 1