Best Alpine Skiers


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The Top Ten

Ingemar Stenmark
When I grew up & went to school in the 70's - the only time we were allowed to watch T.V. during school hours was when Ingmar Stenmark was racing. I think most of Sweden was at a stand still. He could beat the opposition by seconds sometimes in stead of hundreds of a second.
More dominant than anyone. Was not allowed to participate in the '84 Olymics (a season when he had had 7 WC-wins). Still, 2 olympic gold medals, 3 world championships, 86 WC wins ( Maier is 2nd with 54... ).
FIS had to rewrite the rules because Ingemar was just unbeatable. Of course impossible to really compare skiers in different time periods, but Ingemar dominated like no one has done since.
Pure finesse on the slopes... Thank you Ingo...

2Ivica Kostelić
Excellent skiing technique, the best skier today and presumingly some time soon it will be recorded as one of the best of all times.
One of the best technicians in the world! And the best athlete-musician ever ;)
best technic, he skies smoothly
ready as a German soldier on 22 June 1941!

3Kjetil Andre Aamodt
Are you serious? He crushes the competition. More olympic and world cup gold medals than any competitor.
Both the youngest and oldest male alpine skier to win a gold medal at the Olympics... Says it all.
He has the most medals, thinks that says it all! He also has been top ten in 231 world cup races, more than anyone else! Stenmark has more number 1s, but this guy has been good in every discipline, and he also has been, with his 231 top ten placements, the best one overall in every single race!

4Franz Klammer
Without question the best skier of his time. He was the first skier to put real fire on the slopes, a bit like Bode Miller does today. But overall, Klammer deserves the top spot for all time greats in this dangerous and compelling sport. Bode can quite happily accept 2nd place!
His record speaks for itself - but the run at Innsbruck in 1976 to win Olympic gold took literally death-defying courage. One of the pinnacles of sporting ahievement in any field.
That last run at inns took was unreal. No fear at all, remember it to this day.

5Bode Miller
He's just an amazing skier. He loves the mountain and he adores skiing. Bode is incredible and he is always ready to do something strange and dangerous - for example one foot skiing in Lake Louse.
He is fantastic in all disciplines, but he has ofeten a "bad day".

Fun skier to watch as he has personality.

6Hermann Maier
He is maybe the best super-g skier. He had a terrible car accident

Just a real legend! Give him credit for his way back after is accident too!
In his day so far ahead!

7Alberto Tomba
Fantastic abilities in both slalom and giant slalom, 5 olympic gold medals, 50 total world cup wins, and only alpine male skier to have won at least one world cup race per year for 11 consecutive seasons
The best sponsor ever for alpine ski!
Only skier to win gold in two Olympics in a row. one of two to win medals in three Olympics. nough said.

8Pirmin Zurbriggen
He is all-round skier, best his discipline was downhill and super-g, but he was also good in slalom and giant slalom.

So smooth like a hot butter knife through butter.
Best all round skier

9Benjamin Raich
He is really great skier, perfect technician, he is fantastic in slalom, giant slalom and combination, he is very good in super-g and not bad in downhill.

10Marc Girardelli
he's the only one which won a world cup in all the alpine sky categories (slalom, giant, superG, downhill).
For this guy only bad thing that he had a few injury

Adding this at #10-is everyone here too young to remember the Great Jean Claude-Killey? Cannot believe he is not even mentioned anywhere here! SHAME!

The Contenders

11Gustav Thoni
Most complete of alls

12Jean-Claude Killy
He had incredible finesse-if he were in his '20's now- and trained and worked out like they do now- I think he'd be right up there, with anyone, at the top.
Won all three alpine gold medals in '68 Olympics. Speaks for itself.
Who else has done that?

13Marcel Hirscher
Two time overall champion, two time slalom globe, one time GS globe.

14Aksel Lund Svindal
His record speaks for itself-I mean if Hirscher is here then I can't understand why Aksel, who's won a lot more, isn't!

15Didier Cuche
Best downhill skier. Really appreciated by all others skiers.
He is the best downhill skier of all times
One of the best Downhill Racer of all times. A Legend with All his Downhill wins On the Streif in Kitzbühel.

16Lasse Kjus
He and Kjetil Andre Aamåt is one of the greatest of all time
Medals inn all 5 diciplines in world championship in 1999. Best single championship result. together with aamodt, he was always to be counted for in all diciplines for more than a decade.

17Stein Eriksen
Ski it like Stein baby

18Kalle Palander

19Tina Maze

20Steve Podborski
Superb skier in downhill for size

21Toni Sailer
7 gold medals in 2 competitions (1956 - 1958). Stopped at age 23.

Nobody has beaten him. The best ever. I can't understand you forgot him in the list.

22Karl Schranz
Amazing skier, kept out of Chamonix Olympics on ridiculous charge. At least in same league as JC Killy

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