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Best Moments of Alpine Skiing in the Olympic Winter Games. Beijing 2022

Beat Feuz. Downhill Olympic Champion Beijing 2022
Beat Feuz. Downhill Olympic Champion Beijing 2022. Picture: GEPA Pictures / HEAD Ski

The XXIV Olympic Winter Games were held from 4 to 20 February 2022 in Beijing, China.

Beijing became the first city in the world to have hosted both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games.

2,871 athletes from 91 countries competed at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in 109 events over 15 disciplines in 7 sports. Seven new events made their Olympic debut in Beijing 2022: Women’s Monobob, Freestyle Skiing Big Air, Mixed Team events in short track speed Skating Team relay, Ski Jumping, Freestyle Skiing Aerials, and Snowboard Cross.

There were three different clusters of venues designed and constructed for the 2022 Winter Olympics, each respectively known as the Beijing Zone, the Zhangjiakou Zone, and the Yanging Zone. Yanqing, a suburban district of Beijing (80km to the northwest) and home to the famous Badaling and Juyongguan stretches of the Great Wall hosted the Alpine skiing and sliding (bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge) events.

The Alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics were held at the Yanqing National Alpine Ski Centre. The ski resort was built as part of the Yanqing cluster of 2022 Winter Olympics venues. It opened in 2019.

Speed events were held on the "Rock" course and technical events on the "Ice River" course, for both Men and Women. The team event was held on the "Rainbow course.

In an exciting race, Beat Feuz won the gold medal in the Downhill, confirming his dominance of the discipline in the last seasons. He mastered a tricky "Rock" racecourse with manmade dry and grippy snow that had never been raced before.

Feuz who has won World Championships gold in St. Moritz in 2017 and triumphed three times each in the great classics in Wengen and Kitzbühel, crowned his outstanding career with a victory in the Olympic Downhill.

It was her third Olympic medal after winning silver in Super-G and bronze in Downhill at Pyeongchang 2018.

Beat Feuz is the fourth Downhill Olympic Champion from Switzerland after Bernhard Russi (1972), Pirmin Zurbriggen (1988), and Didier Defago (2010).

Beat Feuz was joined on the podium by 41-years-old Johan Clarey who finished just 0.10 seconds off the lead. The French celebrated the greatest success of his career with Olympic silver. Clarey becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic medal in alpine ski racing.

Matthias Mayer of Austria completed the podium in third place for his third Olympic medal. Eight years after his gold in Sochi, Mayer earned his second Olympic medal in the discipline.

Austrian Matthias Mayer, the PyeongChang Super-G gold medalist defended his 2018 title. Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the United States won the silver medal, and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway won the bronze.

It's his third Olympic gold medal, making him the first skier in Olympic history to win three Olympic gold medals in successive Games.

Johannes Strolz of Austria became the Combined champion in Beijing 2022, winning his first Olympic medal. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway won the silver medal. James Crawford won bronze, also his first Olympic medal.

The Austrian, whose father Hubert Strolz won a gold medal in the Alpine Combined at the Olympic Games in Calgary in 1988, based his achievement on a solid Downhill.

This was the first time in Alpine history that father and son were Olympic champions in the same discipline.

Marco Odermatt won the gold medal in Giant Slalom confirming he is the absolute dominator of the Giant Slalom discipline. With two superb runs, under very challenging conditions, with poor visibility and heavy snowfall, he finished +0.19 seconds ahead of Zan Kranjec. Mathieu Faivre rounded out the Olympic podium +1.34 seconds behind Odermatt.

Odermatt is the 5th Swiss Giant Slalom Olympic Champion after Roger Staub (1960), Heini Hemmi (1976), Max Julen (1984) and Carlo Janka (2010).

Clement Noël Won Beijing's Slalom. He delivered a flawless performance at the second run and came out on top of the podium climbing up from the sixth position. Clement Noel beats the leader of the first run Johannes Strolz by +0.61 seconds.

Slalom World Champion Cortina Sebastian Foss-Solevaag finished in third place +0.70 seconds behind Noël.

Noël was the first French Slalom Olympic champion since Jean-Pierre Vidal won the gold medal 20 years ago in Salt Lake City 2002.

Corinne Suter of Switzerland won gold in the Downhill beating top favorite and defending champion Sofia Goggia. Bronze went to Goggia's teammate Nadia Delago.

Suter, who was the World Champion in Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2021, secured the Downhill double for Switzerland. It's her first Olympic medal.

Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland won her first gold medal, confirming her status as a defending world champion in Super-G. Mirjam Puchner of Austria became the silver medalist, winning her first Olympic medal, and Michelle Gisin of Switzerland won bronze.

Gut-Behrami won the first gold medal for a Swiss woman in the Super-G at the Winter Games. Gut-Behrami’s gold comes after two consecutive fourth-place finishes in Super-G at the Olympics in Pyeongchang 2018 and Sochi 2014.

Sara Hector won the Giant Slalom Gold confirming her role as favorite. In Beijing, Hector crowned herself the second Swedish Olympic Champion in Giant Slalom, 30 years after Pernilla Wiberg won gold in Meribel in 1992.

Federica Brignone finished in second place, earning her second Olympic medal, after winning Bronze in the Giant Slalom at Pyeongchang 2018.

Lara Gut-Behrami rounded out the Olympic podium.

Petra Vlhova crowned herself as Olympic Champion in the Slalom discipline in Beijing 2022. It is her first Olympic medal. Vlhova made her Olympic Winter Games debut at Sochi 2014, with her best result at PyeongChang 2018, a fifth in Alpine combined. It's also Slovakia’s first Olympic medal in Alpine Skiing.

Silver went to Cortina's World Champion Austrian Katharina Liensberger.

Wendy Holdener finished in third place. It's her third Olympic medal, after winning silver in Slalom, and bronze in Alpine Combined in Pyeongchang 2018.

Defending Olympic Champion Michelle Gisin retained her title finishing ahead of Swiss compatriot Wendy Holdener in the last individual race at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.

Gisin becomes the third athlete to win back-to-back alpine combined Olympic gold medals after Janica Kostelic (2002-2006) and Maria Hoefl-Riesch (2010-2014).

Wendy Holdener was bronze in the Alpine Combined in 2018. For the Swiss, it was her 5th Olympic medal overall, the 2nd in Beijing after her Slalom bronze.

After finishing 8th in the Downhill run, Italian Federica Brignone pushed hard to make up five places and finished 3rd after the Slalom. This was Brignone’s second medal in Beijing 2022 after finishing 2nd in the Women’s Giant Slalom.

The Alpine Skiing Mixed Team event competition of the Beijing 2022 Olympics was held on 20 February, on the "Rainbow" course at the Xiaohaituo Alpine Skiing Field in Yanqing District.

Katharina Liensberger, Stefan Brennsteiner, Katharina Truppe, Johannes Strolz, Michael Matt, and Katharina Huber won the gold medal for Austria. In the Big Final, Austria beat Germany with a 2:2 draw thanks to the time rule. Bronze went to Norway.

Four years ago in Pyeongchang, Austria won silver behind Switzerland in the Team competition at the Olympic premiere.


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