World Cup balance: gold rush! ÖSV is again at the top – winter sports – alpine skiing

The ÖSV is enthroned again where it prefers to see itself – at the top!

In 2017, Marcel Hirscher saved the medal balance with a show of strength, in 2019 in Aare Austria had to be content with fourth place in the medal table. In 2019/20 the loss of the Nations Cup followed.

In Cortina d’Ampezzo, things have been going well from the start – initially mainly on the men’s side. “We were in a flow right away and kept going through the entire World Cup,” said head coach Andreas Puelacher. Thanks to Katharina Liensberger, the women were also able to cheer in the end.

The gold rush brought the ÖSV one of the most successful world championships in history. The medal yield was only five times better in history.

The numbers of the Ski World Cup:

Medal table of the World Ski Championships:


Nation GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
1 AUSTRIA 5 1 2 8
2 Switzerland 3 1 5 9
3 France 2 1 2 5
4 Norway 2 0 1 3
5 USA 1 1 2 4
6 Italy 1 1 0 2
7 Germany 0 3 1 4
8 Slovakia 0 2 0 2
9 Sweden 0 1 0 1
Croatia 0 1 0 1


The 2019 World Cup in Aare finished Austria in fourth place on the medal table. At least when it comes to the number of medals, the ÖSV was ahead.

Two years later, the situation has straightened out again: Austria is at the top with five gold medals. This time Switzerland “comforts” itself with the top position in terms of numbers.

As expected, France was at the fore. Surprisingly, it wasn’t Alexis Pinturault who won the two gold medals, but his team-mate Mathieu Faivre. For the Norwegians, who were badly shaken by injuries, the World Cup ended with two gold medals.

Host Italy had to wait a long time before Marta Bassino won the first medal in the second week. With two precious metals, the Squadra Azzurra fell short of expectations.

Germany exceeded expectations – especially in the speed competitions. Four precious metals were not to be expected.


Medal table men:


Land Gold silver Bronze total
Austria 3 0 1 4
France 2 1 1 4
Norway 1 0 1 2
Germany 0 2 0 2
Italy 0 1 0 1
Croatia 0 1 0 1
Switzerland 0 0 3 3


Thanks to Kriechmayr and Schwarz, Austria is number 1 in the men’s category. France is close with two golds.

For the Swiss men it is a disappointment after strong season performances, even if there are three bronze medals in the end. The expectations were a lot higher.


Medal table women:


Pos Land Gold silver Bronze total
1 Switzerland 3 1 2 6
2 Austria 2 0 1 3
3 USA 1 1 2 4
4 Italy 1 0 0 1
5 Slovakia 0 2 0 2
6 Germany 0 1 0 1
France 0 0 1 1


The Swiss women exceeded expectations with six medals, three of them gold.

The ÖSV women are also very positive. Having traveled to the World Cup without winning the season, the Austrian national anthem was heard twice in the title fights. Katharina Liensberger, who was by no means the sole entertainer, is responsible for the three medals. Ramona Siebenhofer and Tamara Tippler were also able to show, but they weren’t enough to win medals.


ÖSV in the gold rush at the World Ski Championships – the medals:

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Katharina Liensberger – 2x gold, 1x bronze! Together with Lara Gut-Behrami, the Vorarlberg woman is the most successful runner at this World Cup.

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Gold in the parallel competition – an unusual winning picture! Liensberger shares the premiere title with Marta Bassino.

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In the giant slalom, Liensberger surprisingly wins bronze.

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The 23-year-old crowned herself impressively in the slalom and won with a 1.00 second lead over Petra Vlhova!

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Vincent Kriechmayr – 2x gold! With the speed double, the Upper Austrian is the top star of the World Cup.

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In the Super-G, Kriechmayr wins as the top favorite – wafer-thin ahead of former team-mate Romed Baumann (GER).

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In the descent, Kriechmayr can celebrate again – with number 1 he drives to victory!

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Marco Schwarz – 1x Gold, 1x Bronze!

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In the station wagon, the Carinthian surprises with a strong Super-G and catches up with a top slalom favorite, Alexis Pintrault.

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In the giant slalom, Schwarz celebrates a surprising bronze medal.

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“Sheet metal” mirror:


Nation 4th ranks
Italy 3
Switzerland 3
Canada 2
Czech Republic 2
Croatia 1
New Zealand 1
Germany 1
USA 1


In the unpopular rating, hosts Italy and Switzerland share the top position. The two nations came fourth three times each.

Ester Ledecka has the biggest bad luck on the athlete side: The Czech misses the medal in fourth place in the downhill and super-G.

This time Austria remains without “sheet metal” in these championships.


Most successful athletes of the World Cup:


Runner Gold silver Bronze total
Katharina Liensberger 2 0 1 3
Lara Gut Behrami (SUI) 2 0 1 3
Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) 2 0 0 2
Mathieu Faivre (FRA) 2 0 0 2
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1 1 2 4
Corinne Suter (SUI) 1 1 0 2
Marco Black (AUT) 1 0 1 2
Marta Bassino (ITA) 1 0 0 1
Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) 1 0 0 1


Four athletes crown themselves twice in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Vincent Kriechmayr is only the third runner in World Cup history to achieve the speed double in Super-G and Downhill.

Katharina Liensberger celebrates her first victory at the top level in the parallel competition and impressively follows it up in the slalom.

Lara Gut-Behrami manages the feat in Super-G and giant slalom. Mathieu Faivre celebrates in the parallel competition and surprisingly also in the giant slalom.


Medal table of the ski brands:


GOLD SILVER BRONZE total
Head 7 2 3 17
Rossignol 2 3 6 11
Atomic 2 3 3 8
Salomon 1 2 3
Völkl 1 1 2


World champions have head skis under their feet seven times.

Lara Gut-Behrami, Vincent Kriechmayr, Mathieu Faivre (twice each) and Corinne Suter rely on the brand from Vorarlberg.

Atomic provides the combined world champions through Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Schwarz. Double world champion Katharina Liensberger is on the road on Rossignol. At the end of the World Cup, Sebastian Foss-Solevaag gave Völkl a gold medal.


Text which: © LAOLA1.at


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