2023 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships. That's a Wrap
Updated: Feb 27
The 47th Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel-Méribel are in the history books. With the Men’s Slalom and the Closing Ceremony, followed by the handover to the Austrian delegation of Saalbach 2025, Courchevel-Méribel 2023 takes her leave from the international stage, after two weeks of spectacular races and thrilling sports moments.
Johann Eliasch, the FIS President, describes Courchevel-Méribel 2023 as the "best World Championships of all time".
The weather was also at its best during the two-week event in the French Alps. Because the sun was shining every day, but at the same time the temperatures remained low, especially in the first week, perfect conditions prevailed in the racecourses.
Helding the races at two different locations, Courchevel and Méribel, represented a great challenge for the Organizing Committee, but for the competition having two superb racecourses, Roc de Fer and L'Eclipse, was perfect.
Altogether, 9 nations won medals as Switzerland led the way in the medals table on the strength of three gold medals, three silver, and one bronze. Norway was close behind with nine total medals, two gold, three silver, and four bronze.
With two gold medals, Marco Odermatt is the outstanding figure of the World Championships.
Since the beginning of 2022 Odermatt has started 12 Giant Slalom races and has won eight of them, including a gold at the 2022 Olympic Games and another gold in the 2023 World Championships.
Odermatt has also achieved in Courchevel his first Downhill victory to claim the World Champion Crown.
On the Women's side Mikaela Shiffrin is Méribel's Queen. Shiffrin won three medals at the 47th Alpine World Ski Championships in Méribel and Courchevel. A gold medal in Giant Slalom, and two silver medals in the Super-G and the Slalom. That makes a total of 14 world championship medals, just one behind all-time leader German Christel Cranz (15), in 17 starts: seven golds, four silvers and three bronze medals.
"For me, the last two weeks, it’s been ups and downs and everything in between", said Shiffrin.
Gold medalists James Crawford in Super-G, Jasmine Flury in Downhill, Laurence St-Germain in Slalom, and silver medalist AJ Ginnis in the Slalom were the big sensations of the World Championships.
"It is a memory for me, but history for Greece", said AJ Ginnis.
Gold Silver Bronze
Team Event USA Norway Canada
Nation's Medal Table
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Switzerland 3 3 1 7
2. Norway 2 3 4 9
3. USA 2 2 - 4
4. Italy 2 1 1 4
5. Canada 2 - 2 4
6. Germany 1 - 1 2
. France 1 - 1 2
8. Austria - 3 4 7
9. Greece - 1 - 1
HEAD won Gold as the best ski brand of the World Championships. Courchevel-Méribel 2023 were the most successful World Championship so far for the HEAD team with a total of 13 medals.