Winter Sports


In an alpine skiing season marked by injuries, not least to Noway’s Aksel Lund Svindal and Austrian Matthias Mayer, and postponements due to warm temperatures across Europe, the overall World Cup titles were won by Marcel Hirscher and Lara Gut – the latter becoming the first Swiss woman to take the crown for 20 years. Italian Peter Fill took the downhill honours after Svindal’s season-ending crash at Kitzbuhel while the remarkable Lindsey Vonn was women’s downhill champion for the eighth time.

Elsewhere, France topped the medals table at the World Biathlon Championships held in Oslo, while preparation for the PyeongChang 2018 winter Olympics ramped up with several test events incorporated into the winter sports season. The home team is gearing up for the Games, too: in January, South Korea won its first ever World Cup bobsleigh event, an indication of how winter sports is broadening geographically. The dominance of the traditional European winter sport nations is clear, however, as the data below shows.

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