Every athlete strives to be the best in their discipline. In alpine skiing, the competition is tough, but some athletes have managed to make a name for themselves and become legends. ILoveSki has put together a selection of the greatest women’s alpine skiing champions.

Janica Kostelic

Janica Kostelic was born on 5 January 1982 in Zagred. She is a former Croatian skier. Kostelic first put on skis at the age of three and took part in her first European competitions at the age of nine. At thirteen she received an IOC scholarship for promising young skiers. The scholarship provided Kostelic with the financial support needed to participate in a training camp with elite teams. The 1996-1997 season marked the emergence of a future champion. Kostelic won 22 of the 22 races in which he participated as a junior.

Kostelic participated in the World Cup for the first time in 1999. That season she finished 11th overall, and was on the podium in the Combined. The 2000 season was more difficult for the women’s alpine skiing champion, who dropped 11 places in the overall ranking. The year 2001 was the year of the consecration, Kostelic won the big crystal globe, but also the slalom and the combined. She also won the slalom and the combined, a hat trick she achieved twice more, in 2003 and 2006. At the end of the 2004-2005 season, she finished second overall, but won the combined.

Kostelic will compete in four World Championships in her career. The first was in Vail in 1999, where she finished in the top seven in the combined event. She returned to Saint Anton two years later and finished fifth in the slalom. It wasn’t until her third World Championships appearance that Kostelic triumphed. In 2003, in Saint Moritz, the Croatian skier won her first two gold medals. One in slalom and one in combined. At her last World Championships, held in Bormio in 2005, Kostelic retained her gold medals in slalom and combined, and then won the gold medal in downhill.

Janica Kostelic participated in her first Olympic Games in Nagano 1998 at the age of sixteen. Her best result at these Games was eighth place in the combined event. It was at her second Olympic Games that Kostelic proved her talent by winning four medals. Three gold and one silver. She won gold in the slalom, giant and combined, and silver in the super-giant. She participated in the 2006 Turin Games, where she retained her Olympic title in the combined and silver in the super-giant.

Her career was marked by injuries and she underwent several operations on her knee and thyroid gland. Tired of these repeated falls, she announced her retirement on 19 April 2007, at the age of 26. She now runs her own beauty salon and is involved in organising the Slalom World Cup in Croatia. She is undoubtedly considered one of the best women’s alpine skiing champions of her generation.

Marlies Schild

Marlies Schild was born on 31 May 1981 in Saalfelden. She is an Austrian skier. Schild started her European Cup career in the 1998/1999 season. She made her World Cup debut in 2002 thanks to her podium finishes in the European Cups. In her first year in the European Cup, Schild finished 25th overall. It was not until 2007 that the Austrian skier won the slalom event, the first World Cup title of her career. She would go on to win it four times (2007; 2008; 2011; 2012). She also won the overall in 2007. Marlies Schild would never finish first overall, her best result being a second place in 2007.

Throughout her career, Schild has competed in five World Championships. The first was in St. Moritz (Switzerland), where she won the gold medal in the slalom and just missed the podium in the combined event. In 2005, in Borimio, Schild could only take bronze in the combined event. It was not until the 2007 World Championships in Åre that she won her first gold medal. At these World Championships she won three medals, a bronze in the combined event, a silver in the slalom and the team gold. At the 2011 World Championships, Schild will win her first gold medal, as she is World Champion in the slalom. At the same championships, she won silver in the team competition.

The first Olympic Games did not go as the Austrian skier had hoped. The considered women’s alpine skiing champion did not perform well and fell in the first run of the slalom. She returned four years later to make up for it at the 2006 Turin Games, where she won bronze in the slalom and silver in the combined. Schild would go on to win two more gold medals in the slalom, one in Vancouver in 2010 and the last in Sochi in 2014.

Schild retired in 2014 as one of the greatest women’s alpine skiing champions. The following year she married Benjamin Raich, also a leading figure in alpine skiing.

Renate Gotschl

Renate Götschl, born on 6 August 1975 in Judenburg, is an Austrian alpine skier. She made her World Cup debut in 1993, finishing 57th in her first season. In the 1997 season, Götschl won her first title in the downhill event. A speed specialist, the Austrian skier won the downhill title five times (1997; 1999; 2004; 2005; 2007). She also won the super-G three times (2000; 2004; 2007) and twice in the combined (2000; 2002). Götscl also won the overall classification in 2000.

Renate Götscl has participated in eight World Championships. Her first participation was in 1996 in Sierra Nevada, where she did not win a medal but finished at the foot of the podium in the combined. Two years later, at the World Championships in Sestrière, she won her first gold medal in the combined event. In 1999, in Vail, she was unable to retain her title in the combined event and won silver. She also came second in super-G and won the world downhill title.

At the 1999 World Championships, the Austrian skier proved her talent by winning a medal in every event. In 2001, she was only silver in downhill. In Switzerland, in 2003, she failed to perform and won nothing. In Italy, in Bormio, she won bronze in the downhill and silver in the team event. At the World Championships in Äre, Goetschl won her last medals, taking bronze in the super G and gold in the team event. In Val d’Isère in 2009, in her last championships, she did not win anything.

Her results at the Olympic Games were very disappointing. In three appearances, she won only two medals and failed to win the Olympic title. Her two medals came in 2002 in Salt Lake City, where she won bronze in the downhill and silver in the combined.

On 19 August 2009, Renate Goetschl announced that she was pregnant and would be retiring to focus on her new family life. She has the fifth best World Cup record with 46 victories and is considered one of the greatest women’s alpine skiing champions.

Erika Hess

Erika Hess, born on 6 March 1962, is a former Swiss alpine skier. At the age of 16, Hess decided to interrupt her studies and devote herself fully to her passion, skiing.

In her first appearance, the young Swiss skier finished 28th overall. She won her first title in 1981 in the slalom, a title she would go on to win four times in her career (1981; 1982; 1984; 1985). She won the giant slalom and the combined slalom once in 1984. In addition to her six small crystal globes, Erika Hess won two large crystal globes in 1982 and 1984. The year 1984 was rich in trophies for the Swiss skier.

Erika Hess participated in five world championships. In the first, in 1978, she was only able to finish ninth in the giant slalom. In 1980, in Lake Placid, she won a bronze medal in the slalom, the first of her championship career. In Schladming in 1982, Hess put in an incredible performance, winning the world triple. She won the titles in the giant slalom, slalom and combined. In 1985, in Bormio, she retained her title in the combined. And in his last championships, in 1987 in Crans Montana, she won gold in the slalom and combined for the third time in a row.

The Olympic Games were more difficult for the Swiss skier. In two editions, she only won a bronze medal in the slalom.

She retired in 1987 and married her former coach. Hess was undoubtedly one of the most important women’s alpine skiing champions.

Hanni Wenzel

Hanni Wenzel, best female alpine skier
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Hanni Wenzel was born on 14 December 1956 in Germany. She moved to Liechtenstein with her family. During her sporting career, Wenzel represented Liechtenstein.

She participated for the first time in the 1972 World Cup. In this first participation, Wenzel finished 40th overall. 1974 was the year of Wenzel’s consecration, winning her first giant slalom title. She won a second title in 1980. For the first time in her career, Wenzel finished first overall in the 1978 season and won the slalom event that same year. 1980 was a title year for Wenzel, as she won the combined event for the first time and also finished first overall for the second time. In 1983 she won her last World Cup title in the combined event.

Wenzel participated in five World Championships during her career. In her first appearance, in 1974 in St. Moritz, Wenzel won gold in slalom and silver in combined. In 1978, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wenzel won another medal in the combined event, took silver and still failed to win gold after three consecutive podiums.

1980 was a special year for the World Championships. It was the year of the Olympic Games, and the downhill, slalom and giant slalom events counted for the Olympic Games and the World Championships. Wenzel won a medal in all three events: a silver in the downhill and two gold medals in the giant and slalom. Wenzel thus won two Olympic and two World titles at the same time. The combined event was not an Olympic event, but was only awarded at the World Championships. In his last participation, in 1980, Wenzel finally won gold in the combined event.

After a trophy-laden career, Hanni Wenzel retired in 1984. She holds one of the most important records in alpine skiing. She is one of the best women’s alpine skiing champions.

Katja Seizinger

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Katja Seizinger was born on 10 May 1972 in Dattein, Germany. She is a former German alpine skier. She first competed in the World Cup in 1990, where she finished 44th overall. Just two years later, in 1992, Seizinger won her first small crystal globe in downhill. She subsequently won the title three more times (1993, 1994 and 1998). In the super-G event, the German skier won the small crystal globe five times (1993; 1994; 1995; 1995; 1998). She also won two large crystal globes, the first in 1996 and the second in 1998.

During her career, Seizinger participated in four World Championships. In her first appearance, she made a good impression by finishing fifth in the downhill and combined. In 1993, in Japan, Seizinger won the gold medal in the super test. It was the only medal she won at the World Championships. In 1996 she won silver in downhill and in 1997, in the last World Championships of her career, she won two silver medals in super G and combined.

Katja Seizinger did not disappoint at the Olympic Games and put in a superb performance, winning five medals. At her first Games, in Albertville 1992, she won bronze in the super-G and just missed the podium in the downhill. In Lillehammer in 1994, Seizinger became Olympic champion for the first time in the downhill event. Her last Olympic Games were in Nagano in 1998, where she retained her Olympic title in downhill. She won bronze in the giant slalom and an Olympic title in the combined event.

1998 was the high point of her career, in which she won two Olympic titles, one large globe and two small crystal globes. Unfortunately, the German skier suffered a serious injury in the same year and was unable to resume her career.

She retired at the age of 26 with one of the best records in German alpine skiing and thus became a champion of women’s alpine skiing.

Vreni Schneider

Vreni Schneider was born on 26 November 1964 in Switzerland. She is a former alpine skier. She made her World Cup debut in 1985. In her first appearance, Schneider made the podium in the giant slalom and finished ninth overall. A remarkable start to her first season at the highest level. The following year, Schneider soon confirmed her talent by winning the giant slalom. She would go on to win this event five times in her career (1986; 1987; 1989; 1991; 1995). She also won the small crystal globe in the slalom six times. Schneider did not stop there, and won the big crystal globe three times during his career (1989; 1994; 1995).

Her results at the World Championships were also admirable. In four participations, Schneider won six medals. She won her first world title at her second World Championships in Crans Montana in 1987 in the giant slalom. Two years later, in Vail, she retained her world title in giant slalom and also won two silver medals in combined and slalom. In her last appearance at the World Championships, in 1991, Schneider won the world title in the slalom and bronze in the combined.

Best performances at the Olympic Games. Vreni Schneider participated in three Olympic Games and won five medals. In her first appearance, she won two Olympic titles, one in the slalom and one in the giant slalom. Four years later, at the Albertville Games, Schneider did not win a medal and finished seventh in the slalom. It was at the 1994 Lillehammer Games that Schneider won her last Olympic title in the slalom. She also won silver in the combined event and bronze in the giant.

In April 1995, Vreni Schneider announced her retirement. Today she owns a sports shop in her home village and a ski school. She was named Swiss Sportswoman of the Century. She will go down in history as one of the greatest women’s alpine skiing champions.

Annemarie Moser-Pröll

Annemarie Moser-Pröll meilleures skieuses alpines féminines

Annemarie Moser-Pröll was born on 27 March 1953 in Kleinarl and is a former Austrian skier. She made her World Cup debut in 1969 and in her debut Pröll finished sixteenth overall. Two years later, in 1971, Annemarie achieved a great performance by finishing first overall and winning the downhill title as well. She won the double title five times in a row from 1971 to 1975 and a sixth time in 1979. She won the giant slalom title three times (1971; 1972; 1975).

She also had great performances in the World Championships. She participated in five editions and won nine medals. In Val Gardena in 1970, she won her first bronze medal in downhill. Two years later, in Sapporo, Pröll won her first world title in the combined event. She won two more medals in this event, going from bronze in 1970 to silver in the downhill, and won a silver medal in the giant slalom.

In 1974, in St Moritz, after bronze in 1970 and silver in 1972, she finally won the gold medal in the downhill. At the 1978 World Championships, she retained her world title in the downhill, won a second title in the combined event and took bronze in the giant slalom. The Lake Placid World Championships were the last for the Austrian skier, who retained her world title in downhill.

She participated in two Olympic Games: in 1972, in Sapporo, she won silver medals in downhill and combined. And in 1980 she won the gold medal in downhill.

After winning six World Cups (women’s record), six World Championships and one Olympic title, Annemarie Moser-Pröll left the alpine skiing circuit in 1980. She is considered one of the greatest women’s alpine skiing champions in history, along with Lindsey Vonn and Christi Cranz.

Tessa Worley

Tessa Worley meilleures skieuses alpines féminines

Tessa Worley was born on 4 October 1989 in Annemasse, Haute-Savoie, France, to an Australian father and a French mother. Worley discovered skiing at the age of two thanks to her parents, and this was the beginning of a passion. Until the age of seven, Worley travelled between France and New Zealand. At the age of seven she returned to France with her mother and joined the Grand Bornand ski club.

Tessa Worley started in the European Cup and in 2007 she competed in her first World Cup in the giant slalom. This women’s alpine skiing champion won two titles in the giant slalom, which is her speciality. She won her first title in 2017 and her second in 2022. She will never win the big crystal globe, as her best overall place was sixth in 2017.

It was at the World Championships that the French skier excelled, winning six titles. She made her debut in Val d’Isère and finished seventh in her favourite discipline, the giant slalom. Two years later, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, she won her first team gold medal in the team event and bronze in the giant slalom. In Schladming, in her third World Championships, she will win her first individual gold medal in the giant slalom. Worley will again win the world title in the giant slalom in 2017 in St. Moritz and also a second title in the team event. At the final World Championships in 2021, she will win bronze in the parallel event.

At the Olympics, Worley underperformed and failed to win a medal in three appearances. Her best result was a seventh place in the giant slalom in 2018. She was chosen as the flag bearer for the French team alongside Kévin Rolland for the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. Worley will end her career in March 2023. She is considered one of the best alpine skiers with the titles she has won.

Tessa Worley is not only a champion alpine skier, she is also a sergeant in the Alpine Fighter Corps. She entered the military high mountain school in Chamonix in 2007.

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn meilleures skieuses alpines féminines

Lindsey Vonn was born on 18 October 1984 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a former American alpine skier. She started skiing at the age of three at the initiative of her grandfather. Vonn began competing at the age of seven. She demonstrated her talent in junior competitions. The young American skier entered the World Cup in 2002, and in her first appearance, Vonn finished 93rd overall.

She won her first title in 2008, finishing first overall. She will win the big globe four times (2008; 2009; 2010; 2012). She will also win the downhill title eight times (2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2015; 2016). Vonn will win the super-G on five occasions (2009; 2010; 2011; 2012; 2015). To add to her World Cup record, she will win the combined three times (2010; 2011; 2012).

Vonn will also do well at the World Championships, where she will win eight medals in eight appearances. In her first appearance in Bormio in 2005, she just missed the podium in both the downhill and combined. Two years later, she won her first two medals, two silvers in the downhill and combined. In Val d’Isère in 2009, Vonn won a gold medal in the downhill and super-G events. These are the only gold medals she will win in her career at the World Championships. In 2011 she will again win silver in downhill. On home soil in the USA, Vonn only won bronze in the super-G. She won two more bronze medals in the downhill event, one in 2017 and the other in 2019 in Sweden, at the last World Championships of her career.

At the Olympics, Vonn doesn’t perform as well as she does at the World Cup. She won her first two medals at Vancouver 2010, the third of her four appearances. She won the Olympic title in the downhill and bronze in the super-G. The 2018 edition will be her last appearance at the Games, where she will win bronze in the downhill.

Vonn announced her retirement in February 2019 because her body said enough. She is considered one of the best female skiers and alpine champions in history with the most World Cup victories.

With her foundation, Lindsey Vonn has auctioned off her competition equipment.

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin, born on 13 March 1995 in Vail, Colorado, is an American alpine skier. She is considered the greatest female skier in history and is the youngest skier to win three Olympic slalom titles. Shiffrin began skiing at the age of two with her parents, both former skiers.

She quickly showed exceptional talent and began competing at the age of seven. At 15 he won his first World Cup slalom race in Åre (Sweden). She broke several early records as the youngest Olympic slalom champion (at 18) and the youngest three-time Olympic alpine skiing champion (at 22) and youngest female skier.

Many years went by and the medals kept coming. She has 3 Olympic gold medals in slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, in giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and in combined at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In addition, she has won 9 world titles in slalom in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021, giant slalom in 2019 and 2021, super-G in 2019 and combined in 2021.

In March 2023, Mikaela Shiffrin made skiing history by becoming the athlete with the most victories in women’s alpine skiing. She set a new record with 87 World Cup victories. It was this record that made her one of the greatest women’s alpine skiing champions.

Mikaela Shiffrin is the only female skier in history to have won at least one race in every discipline of alpine skiing: slalom, giant slalom, supergiant, downhill and parallel.


Each of these women has left her mark on the history of alpine skiing. They are all considered to be the great women’s alpine skiing champions. They have left their mark on their generation by winning trophy after trophy.