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Alpine skiing at the 1980 Winter Olympics

Alpine skiing
at the XIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue Whiteface Mountain
Wilmington, New York
Dates February 14–23, 1980
Competitors 174 from 30 nations
Alpine skiing at the
1980 Winter Olympics
Downhill men women
Giant slalom men women
Slalom men women

Alpine Skiing at the 1980 Winter Olympics consisted of six alpine skiing events. The races were held February 14–23 at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, New York.[1]

This was the first Olympics in which the women's giant slalom consisted of two runs, rather than one, and both GS events ran only one run per day. This was the last Olympics which also served as World Championships for alpine skiing.


  • Medal summary 1
    • Medal table 1.1
    • Men's events 1.2
    • Women's events 1.3
  • Course information 2
  • Participating nations 3
  • World championships 4
    • Combined 4.1
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Medal summary

Eight nations won medals in Alpine skiing, with Liechtenstein leading the medal table, winning two gold, and two silver. Hanni Wenzel led the individual medal table, finishing on the podium in all three women's events, with two gold and one silver. Ingemar Stenmark was the leading male medalist, with two golds.

Wenzel's two gold medals were the first, and to date , only, won by Liechtenstein at the Olympics.

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Liechtenstein (LIE) 2 2 0 4
2  Austria (AUT) 2 1 1 4
3  Sweden (SWE) 2 0 0 2
4  West Germany (FRG) 0 2 0 2
5  United States (USA) 0 1 0 1
6  Switzerland (SUI) 0 0 3 3
7  Canada (CAN) 0 0 1 1
7  France (FRA) 0 0 1 1


Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
 Leonhard Stock
Austria (AUT)
1:45.50  Peter Wirnsberger
Austria (AUT)
1:46.12  Steve Podborski
Canada (CAN)
Giant slalom
 Ingemar Stenmark
Sweden (SWE)
2:40.74  Andreas Wenzel
Liechtenstein (LIE)
2:41.49  Hans Enn
Austria (AUT)
 Ingemar Stenmark
Sweden (SWE)
1:44.26  Phil Mahre
United States (USA)
1:44.76  Jacques Lüthy
Switzerland (SUI)


Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
 Annemarie Moser-Pröll
Austria (AUT)
1:37.52  Hanni Wenzel
Liechtenstein (LIE)
1:38.22  Marie-Theres Nadig
Switzerland (SUI)
Giant slalom
 Hanni Wenzel
Liechtenstein (LIE)
2:41.66  Irene Epple
West Germany (FRG)
2:42.12  Perrine Pelen
France (FRA)
 Hanni Wenzel
Liechtenstein (LIE)
1:25.09  Christa Kinshofer
West Germany (FRG)
1:26.50  Erika Hess
Switzerland (SUI)


Course information

Date Race Start
Thu 14-Feb  Downhill - men  1,313 m (4,308 ft)  481 m (1,578 ft)  832 m (2,730 ft)  3.009 km (1.870 mi) 27.7%
Sun 17-Feb  Downhill - women  1,181 m (3,875 ft)  481 m (1,578 ft)  700 m (2,297 ft)  2.698 km (1.676 mi) 25.9%
Mon 18-Feb  Giant Slalom - men  (1st run)  876 m (2,874 ft)  481 m (1,578 ft)  395 m (1,296 ft)  1.354 km (0.841 mi) 29.2%
Tue 19-Feb  Giant Slalom - men  (2nd run)  876 m (2,874 ft)  481 m (1,578 ft)  395 m (1,296 ft)  1.303 km (0.810 mi) 30.3%
Wed 20-Feb  Giant Slalom - women  (1st run)  845 m (2,772 ft)  481 m (1,578 ft)  364 m (1,194 ft)  1.231 km (0.765 mi) 29.6%
Thu 21-Feb  Giant Slalom - women  (2nd run)  876 m (2,874 ft)  512 m (1,680 ft)  364 m (1,194 ft)  1.315 km (0.817 mi) 27.7%
Fri 22-Feb  Slalom - men  (2 runs)  876 m (2,874 ft)  667 m (2,188 ft)  209 m (686 ft)  0.549 km (0.341 mi) 38.1%
Sat 23-Feb  Slalom - women  (2 runs)  845 m (2,772 ft)  667 m (2,188 ft)  178 m (584 ft)  0.465 km (0.289 mi) 38.3%


Participating nations

Thirty nations sent alpine skiers to compete in the events in Lake Placid. China, Costa Rica and Cyprus made their Olympic alpine skiing debuts. Below is a list of the competing nations; in parentheses are the number of national competitors.[1]

World championships

From 1948 through these Olympics in 1980, the alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships, held every two years. With the addition of the giant slalom, the combined event was dropped for 1950 and 1952, but returned as a World Championship event in 1954 as a "paper race" which used the results from the three events. During the Olympics from 1956 through 1980, World Championship medals were awarded by the FIS for the combined event. The combined returned as a separate event at the World Championships in 1982 and at the Olympics in 1988.


See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Official Report of the XIIIth Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980 - Official Results" (PDF). Lake Placid Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. 1980. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 

External links

  • - results - 1980 Olympics - Lake Placid, NY, USA
  • - results - 1980 World Championships - Lake Placid, NY, USA
  • Sports-Reference – 1980 Winter Olympics – Alpine Skiing
  • Whiteface Mountain – official site
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