Best Alpine Skiers

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The Top Ten

1 Frida Hansdotter

She is so cool, and she is an Olympic gold medalist.

2 Ingemar Stenmark

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... ).

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.

Not even a competition. Stenmark was so much better than everyone else of his time. No other have ever been as outstanding of his time.

the best

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3 Marcel Hirscher

Definitely the greatest that has ever been riding down the slopes of the world, year after year for 6 consecutive years. In nowadays perfected world of skiing this is a feat so amazing it simply can not be measured against any other achievements of past skiers.

Nobody has been so dominant in 6 consecutive years as Marcel Hirscher. I believe it was easier to win in the "old " days - say 20-30 years ago. Today Skiers are more Athletic, the sport is also faster and more dangerous in general.

6 Overall world Cup wins in a row! 6 time Gold medalist at world Championships... the greatest!

Definitely the best Ski racer of all times. While it is always difficult to compare different decades of skier, no one is more technical dominant as Hirscher.

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4 Ivica Kostelić

One of the best technicians in the world! And the best athlete-musician ever ;)

You must be kidding... this guy should not be event in the top 20... and no comments on the way he is managing the end of his career! Good skier and stop - FISI50

Excellent skiing technique, the best skier today and presumingly some time soon it will be recorded as one of the best of all times.

Great skiier and great guy but this is way too high for him. A true 1 event specialist mostly and no Olympic Gold. - feisty37

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5 Bode 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.

Fun skier to watch as he has personality.

He is fantastic in all disciplines, but he has ofeten a "bad day". -

Best skier ever. even made history as the oldest alpine medalist in Olympic histor at the sochi games in 2014

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6 Kjetil 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!

The best ever

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7 Alberto 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

When he was on the line, alpine ski in Italy (and not only there) was almost more important than football! The Sanremo Festival 1988 (the most important music festival) stopped for allowing the people to follow his race in slalom at Calgary Olympics! And he won, of course! A real phenomenon with a fantastic talent, simply exciting!

Had he the same character as Stenmark he could have become the greatest of all times... Unfortunately he liked skiing as much as parties

Only the best

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8 Aksel Lund Svindal

Aksel has one a ton of World Cup races should be higher

Amazing athlete. Should be higher on this list!

The most talented by far! Had it not been for his injuries he would have stayed great in giant slalom and combined too. - morrislawes

Great skier and great guy.

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9 Franz 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.

Alway threw caution to the wind and went for it. After seeing him on a programme training by jumping in a circle of varying bars I was hooked. Full of Charisma and someone you always had a belief that he could pull it off.

For me Franz Klammer epitomises what downhill skiing is all about.

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10 Hermann Maier

Just a real legend! Give him credit for his way back after is accident too!

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

Should be at least second of this list

Herminator is the super G legend
No one better ever lived haha

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The Contenders

11 Lindsey Vonn

Definitely the best ever, almost most successful of all time, already most successful women!

She is amazing! I love the way she skis!

2nd in all time wins, hopefully my vote will move her higher where she belongs. John

The best ever, man or women. Not even a question. - feisty37

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12 Pirmin Zurbriggen

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

I think Pirmin, together with Mark, Ingemar, Toni, Gustav and maybe Alberto represented the top 5 skiers in history... - FISI50

Best all round skier

Best skier I have ever seen!
Bar none. Killy and Steigler are
as good but didn't have the equipment to show it.
G. Oloff

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13 Tina Maze

Should be higher since she is probably the most versatile ever. Remember in 2013 she could have won the World Cup for that season in all 6 discipline. Had the last downhill not been cancelled and Shifferin not had an incredible 2nd half of her 2nd slalom run of the world cup finale to come from over a second down on Maze, she does win all 6 that season. - feisty37

The best overall skier ever to grace the slopes.

She is the best alpine skier

Great skiier! Great in all the events which is rare. Even some of the ones who have won in every discipline aren't truly great in each, but she is.

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14 Jean-Claude Killy

Watched this guy on ABC Sports Wide World of Sports ski in numerous events. ALWAYS destroyed the competition. He was fearless. The more pressure there was the faster he skied. THE BEST OF ALL TIME.

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.

Absolutely best of all time.

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15 Marc Girardelli

he's the only one which won a world cup in all the alpine sky categories (slalom, giant, superG, downhill).

Would place him second to Stenmark on his record, but above as overall racer of all time.

For this guy only bad thing that he had a few injury -

One of the two or three bast skiers in WC history, he left the Austrian team and trained by his Dad... remember the epic battles against Alberto and Pirmin, amazing years for WC skiing - FISI50

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16 Benjamin 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. -

17 Didier Cuche

Best downhill skier. Really appreciated by all others skiers.

He is the best downhill skier of all times

Stayed on top for such a long time. The best

All-time Kitzbühl winner with 5 wins.

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18 Gustav Thoni

Fantastic memories... his battles against Ingemar represent the history of skiing! - FISI50

Most complete of alls

One of the most complete skier ever lived.

The most technical skier ever lived.

19 Lasse Kjus

He won medals (2 gold and 3 silver) in every event in the world championship in Vail in 1999

He and Kjetil Andre Aamåt is one of the greatest of all time

5 medals in one world championeship, no one will ever copy that.

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.

20 Stein Eriksen

Perhaps the first, and longest-lasting "ski god / star! "

Ski it like Stein baby

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21 Mikaela Shiffrin

She clearly is the best in Slalom. Poetry on skis. She may eventually be the best in the remaining alpine disciplines. Time will tell. But it is clear that even at such a young age, the number of her globes don't lie, that she is the one to beat.

Absolutely the best! No doubt! Four separate discipline wins and a fifth th not far in the future. And...she's only 23.

I think time is upon us. Wins in Downhill, GS and Slalom this year. If she stays injury free, she "will" be the best woman skier ever.

Clearly dominant in slalom. Coming on hard in GS, owns the World Cup and she’s not higher on the list? What?

22 Steve Podborski

Superb skier in downhill for size

23 Ted Ligety

The best technique ever! He skis like poetry!

Fantastic technique, best present skier!

He deserves higher go usa

The best skier to date

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24 Henrik Kristoffersen

"An absolute beast of nature"

25 Kalle Palander
26 Karl Schranz

Freaky fearless risk taker and at his best, unbeatable

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

27 Janica Kostelić

The Olympics’ most medaled female skier with four Olympic Gold and two Silver medals (across the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Turin Games), plus five World Championship Gold medals, three Overall World Cup titles and three Slalom titles, Kostelić burst onto the World Cup tour in Park City at just 16-years-old.
She was 25 years-old when she ended her career in 2007.

28 Toni 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.

Hell yeah on wood skis, leather boots, cable bindings...and he skied the toughest places.

Sailer and Killy should be 1 and 2

This guy dominated all alpine skiing disciplines and won gold at all disciplines well before Killy. And by far, not barely, like Killy.

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29 Josef "Pepi" Stiegler

"The Meister" may not have had the glamorous career of Stein, Sailer, Kidd, or Killy, but he shaped a generation of skiers--and ski instructors--through his 30+ year career as Director of the Jackson Hole Ski School!

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Absolutely He and Killy and Zurbriggen are the finest skiers I ever saw! Bar None!
I've skied for forty eight years, seen skiing go from bear trap bindings, wood skies and edges and bamboo poles to cables and leather lace up boots...Head 360's and Killy 800's
etc, etc, 'Hotdog' skiing...bla bla bla
The invention of the snowboard and
the rise of the 'Rad Dude' and with them, the failing of Manners and
Class. The invention of 'Fat Skies' etc, etc, etc! Dude!
But I have Never seen better skiing than demonstrated by those three!
No doubt about it.
Sincerely
Goonerd KK Oloff
p.s. You don't have to have 'Fat' skies to ski powder well.

30 Roni Remme

Really awesome

31 Spider Sabich

The Best

32 Alf Engen
33 Tyler Walker

Tyler is the man!

More WC medals than the rest of the US Team in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Three X-games golds. Arctic Man winner. Absolutely fantastic!

34 Deborah Compagnoni

Three Olympic Gold medals in 3 consecutive Olympics!

35 Tina Weirather
36 Kiley McKinnon

She is so awesome

37 Steven Nyman

A truly amazing skier if he would stop hurting his knee, I mean 2 years in a row 364 days apart

38 Maria Höfl-Riesch
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