We’ve helped all types of skiers, from freestyle to alpine and cross-country skiers, raise funds in engagement sports. all of the following are retired, so sadly we won’t see any of these legends skiing in beijing 2022, but maybe after this year’s winter olympics, we’ll see some new names on this list.
here is our selection of the 10 best skiers of all time.
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bode miller – united states
Bode Miller is an Olympic and World Champion, a two-time World Cup Overall Champion in 2005 and 2008, and the most successful American ski racer of all time. He is considered one of the best world cup riders with 33 wins and is only one of five men to win world cups in all five disciplines.
his ability to speak his mind, his love of parties and his inability to tow the American team line, and rebelling against the stereotypical American image of a sports hero has gotten him into some trouble with the American press over the years. over the years.
officially retired from ski racing in October 2017
Most famous quote: “My goal is to ski as fast as the natural universe allows.”
ingemar stenmark – sweden
ingemar stenmark is a former world cup ski racer from sweden. he is considered one of the greatest Swedish athletes of all time and the greatest slalom and giant slalom specialist of all time. he remains one of the greatest skiers of all time with 86 international race wins. stenmark retired in 1989.
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Most famous quote: “I ski to win. when the day comes when I can no longer get into a fighting mood, I won’t be able to win and I’ll stop running.”
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lindsey vonn – united states
lindsey vonn is an american world cup alpine ski racer and has won a remarkable four world cup all-around championships, also winning the downhill gold medal at the 2010 winter olympics, the first time at the event for an American woman. In 2016, she won her 20th Crystal Globe World title, an all-time record between men and women, beating Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, who won 19 globes from 1975 to 1984.
vonn retired in 2019 due to injuries.
Most famous quote: “I never get tired of winning and I never get tired of skiing.”
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hermann maier – austria
his 54 world cup race wins (24 superg, 15 downhill, 14 giant slalom and 1 medley) rank second on the men’s all-time list behind stenmark’s 86 wins . As of 2013, he holds the record for the most points in a season by a male alpine skier, from 2000 to 2013, he also held the title for the most points in a season by any alpine skier, with 2,000 points of the 2000 season.
maier retired in 2009 at the age of 36.
Most famous quote: “Ski racing, especially alpine, is a dangerous activity and there are many accidents. it would really be a shame to lose everything because of an accident.”
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jean-claude killy – france
also known as gillete, he was a triple olympic champion, winning all three alpine events at the 1968 olympics and becoming the most successful athlete there. He also won the first two World Cup titles, in 1967 and ’68. Gillette retired after the 1968 ski season.
Most famous quote: “Winning tastes good. to win, you have to risk losing.”
janica kostelic – croatia
kostelić is the only woman to win four alpine skiing gold medals at the winter olympics and the only woman to win three alpine skiing gold medals at one olympics in 2002. on february 5, 2006, kostelić she became the second female skier to win all five disciplines in one season. she retired in 2007.
Most famous quote: “It’s just a race. like any other. you have good days and bad days.”
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vreni schneider – switzerland
schneider made his world cup debut at the age of 20, winning the all-around alpine skiing world cup three times and eleven discipline world cups in slalom and giant slalom. she is the most successful alpine ski racer in her country, the third most successful female ski racer in history.
schneider retired in 1995.
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franz klammer – austria
klammer was a hero to Austrian ski racing fans and also to fans around the world for doing so much to further the popularity of alpine ski racing. he is known as “the kaiser” and also as the “klammer express”.
He was a gold medalist at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, winning the downhill at Patscherkofel by a margin of 0.33 seconds with a time of 1:45.73.
klammer retired in 1985 at the age of 31.
Most Famous Quote: “During the technical sections of a descent, I have to focus, but during the long straight slides, I tend to think about what I’m going to do with my wife tonight.” : helps me go faster.”
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alberto tomba – italy
At 6ft tall and 90kg his powerful build was in stark contrast to lighter, more traditional technical skiers who prioritized agility over strength, however tomba was able to take advantage of the introduction of spring loaded ski gates which replaced the gates older, stronger ones in the early 1980s using their power to maintain a faster, more direct line through courses.
tomba was considered one of the greatest skiers of all time, winning three Olympic gold medals, two world championships and nine world cup season titles: four in slalom, four in giant slalom and one overall title .
tomba retired victorious at the end of the 1998 season, becoming the only male alpine skier to have won at least one world cup race per year for 11 consecutive seasons.
Most famous quote: “I wish Sochi had a character like me on the slopes.”
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kjetil andre aamodt – norway
Described as a complete alpine skier, aamodt participated in every discipline of alpine skiing at the world cup and world championships and is one of only five male alpine skiers to have won a world cup race in the five disciplines. as quoted by his fans: “both the youngest and oldest male alpine skier to win an olympic gold medal…says it all”, we give him a worthy spot on our list of the best skiers of all the times.
aamodt retired in 2007.
Most famous quote: “Maybe I should have shaved…” after losing to Tommy Moe by 0.04 seconds on Norwegian soil in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Downhill.
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