Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics

The weather had a major part to play in the alpine skiing events held near the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia. Initially the warm weather had meant that events had to be postponed, but towards the end of the program it was more the foggy conditions that proved problematical. Despite this, all the events were eventually completed to the relief of the organizers, although the women’s giant slalom ended up being held over two days. Germany won the most gold medals (3), although the United States won the most medals in total, with two gold, three silver and three bronze. Lindsey Vonn (USA) was predicted to do very well – some even thought she could win all five women’s gold medals, and American media often called the 2010 Winter Olympics “the Vonn-couver Olympics” – but in the end she had to make do with a gold and a bronze. A sentimental favorite in the mens’ events was Bode Miller (USA) – in Torino, he too had been predicted to win all five events by some commentators, only to come away with nothing. In Vancouver, he won a medal of each color.

The events were a disappointment for some of the more traditional skiing nations. The Swiss team won two gold and a bronze, reasonable although they had done better in the past. Austria too only won three medals (one of each color), with not a single male skier amongst those to stand on the podium. Italy had to wait until the very last event, the men’s slalom, to register their first medal from Giuliano Razzoli. In the final count 10 nations won medals in this discipline. However there was little joy for host nation Canada who had hopes, but in the end had no medals to show for their efforts.

There was technically no change to the alpine skiing program with the same five events for men and women as had been held since 1988. However, in a sense, a new event was added. Skiier cross, with head-to-head alpine-like ski races set up in an elimination tournament format, was on the Olympic Program. However, it was considered as a section of the freestyle skiing discipline, and not alpine skiing.

Events

Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Downhill, Men Olympic 15 February 2010 64 28
Super G, Men Olympic 19 February 2010 63 27
Giant Slalom, Men Olympic 23 February 2010 101 60
Slalom, Men Olympic 27 February 2010 101 55
Super Combined, Men Olympic 21 February 2010 52 22
Downhill, Women Olympic 17 February 2010 44 22
Super G, Women Olympic 20 February 2010 53 27
Giant Slalom, Women Olympic 24 – 25 February 2010 86 47
Slalom, Women Olympic 26 February 2010 87 47
Super Combined, Women Olympic 18 February 2010 34 19
309 (176/133) 71 (66/51)

Medals

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill, Men Didier DéfagoSUI Aksel Lund SvindalNOR Bode MillerUSA
Super G, Men Aksel Lund SvindalNOR Bode MillerUSA Andrew WeibrechtUSA
Giant Slalom, Men Carlo JankaSUI Kjetil JansrudNOR Aksel Lund SvindalNOR
Slalom, Men Giuliano RazzoliITA Ivica KostelićCRO André MyhrerSWE
Combined, Men Bode MillerUSA Ivica KostelićCRO Silvan ZurbriggenSUI
Downhill, Women Lindsey VonnUSA Julia MancusoUSA Elisabeth GörglAUT
Super G, Women Andrea FischbacherAUT Tina MazeSLO Lindsey VonnUSA
Giant Slalom, Women Viktoria RebensburgGER Tina MazeSLO Elisabeth GörglAUT
Slalom, Women Maria RieschGER Marlies SchildAUT Šárka ZáhrobskáCZE
Combined, Women Maria RieschGER Julia MancusoUSA Anja PärsonSWE

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Germany GER 3 0 0 3
United States USA 2 3 3 8
Switzerland SUI 2 0 1 3
Norway NOR 1 2 1 4
Austria AUT 1 1 2 4
Italy ITA 1 0 0 1
Croatia CRO 0 2 0 2
Slovenia SLO 0 2 0 2
Sweden SWE 0 0 2 2
Czech Republic CZE 0 0 1 1