U.S. Olympic skier Bode Miller made history in 2014, becoming the oldest medalist in Olympic alpine skiing history by winning a bronze medal in the Super-G event. But the 40-year old Miller retired last year and fellow countryman (and medalist) Ted Ligety had back surgery, leaving the US skiing team bereft of leadership.
But Ligety recovered and qualified for the Olympics last month. He joins 2014 medalists Mikaela Shiffrin, Andrew Weibrecht, and Julia Mancuso on the United States team, hoping to improve on the 5 medals they took home in Sochi. Also returning to the Olympic scene is former gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, who missed the 2014 Olympics due to injury.
Alpine skiing has been a part of the Winter Olympics since 1936, when the first four events were introduced – downhill and slalom for men and women. This year, there will be 11 total events, including a brand new competition where men and women participate together.
The Pyeongchang Olympics will have a co-ed team event for the first time in history to go along with the 10 traditional alpine skiing contests.
With the shortest Olympic course, the slalom tests a skier’s agility with tight turns.
- Run 1: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8:15 p.m. ET
- Run 2: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 11:45 p.m. ET
- Run 1: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:15 p.m. ET
- Run 2: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 11:45 p.m. ET
Similar to the slalom event, but with a larger courses and wider turns.
- Run 1: Sunday, Feb. 11, 8:15 p.m. ET
- Run 2: Sunday, Feb. 11, 11:45 p.m. ET
- Run 1: Saturday, Feb. 17, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Run 2: Saturday, Feb. 17, 11:45 p.m. ET
Super G stands for ‘Super Giant Slalom’, but this event is more about speed than agility. Still, the course has more twists and turns than the downhill one, putting a skier’s true skills to the test.
- Men – Final: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Women – Final: Friday, Feb. 16, 9:00 p.m. ET
This event is not for the faint of heart. Skiers reach their maximum speeds on the downhill course and it’s the longest of any Olympic trail. Speed is all that matters here.
- Men – Final: Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Women – Final: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 9:00 p.m. ET
Elements from both downhill and slalom are combined (obviously) in this event, with skiers getting one run on the downhill course and one run on the slalom course.
- Run 1: Monday, Feb. 12, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Run 2: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1 a.m. ET
- Run 1: Thursday, Feb. 22, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Run 2: Friday, Feb. 23, 12:30 a.m. ET
A first for the Olympic games, this event will combined both the men and women’s teams. Skiers will race side-by-side down slalom courses, attempting to garner the best time for the team. The team with the overall quickest time will be the winner.
- Final: Friday, Feb. 23, 9:00 p.m. ET
How to Watch
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