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Alpine's Olympic origins
Alpine skiing was added to the Olympic program for both men and women at the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games with the combined. The first Olympic champions were Germans Christl Cranz and Franz Pfnuer.
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Almighty Austria
Austria has won more medals (105) in alpine skiing than any other country in a single sport in the Olympic Winter Games. Austrian men have won at least one alpine medal in each Games since 1948 and the Austrian women have won at least one medal every year alpine skiing has been contested except 1936 and 1984. Hermann Maier, with four career medals, is among Austria’s all-time leaders.
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Get out the brooms
A country has swept the medals in an event five times, most recently in 2006 when the Austrian men’s team, led by winner Benjamin Raich, finished 1-2-3 in the slalom. Other sweeps were scored by the Austrian men in giant slalom in 1956, the Austrian women in downhill in 1964, the Norwegian men in combined in 1994 and the German women in combined in 1998.
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Three-mendous
Anton “Toni” Sailer of Austria became the first skier to win all three alpine events, in 1956 (at the time, the alpine program consisted of downhill, slalom and giant slalom). France’s Jean-Claude Killy repeated the feat in 1968.
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American pioneer
Andrea Mead Lawrence of the U.S. won the slalom and giant slalom at the 1952 Oslo Games, becoming the first American and first woman to win two gold medals in alpine skiing.
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