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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

Alpine Ski World Cup 2021-2022 Season Wrap

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Odermatt. Overall winners. Alpine Ski World Cup 2021-2022
Marco Odermatt (SUI) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA). Picture: Erich Spiess / Red Bull Content Pool

Last March, the ski racing gathered to see out the season in Courchevel-Meribel and watch Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) being awarded the big Crystal Globes as winners of the 2021-2022 Alpine Ski World Cup Overall title.

Mikaela Shiffrin has returned to the Alpine Ski World Cup top position after finishing second and fourth the last two seasons. The US skier won the overall World Cup for a fourth time matching Lindsey Vonn.

On the Men's side, Marco Odermatt is the 2021-2022 Men's Overall World Cup Winner. After finishing runner-up last season, he finally can celebrate his very first big globe. He is the fifth Swiss man to win the Overall, after Peter Lüscher (1978-1979), Pirmin Zurbriggen (1983-1984, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, and 1989-1990), Paul Accola (1991-1992), and Carlo Janka (2009-2010).

In the last Downhill of the season at the Finals in Courchevel-Meribel, Odermatt was one position short to become the first man to record World Cup wins in the Giant Slalom, Super-G, and Downhill in a single season since Didier Cuche in 2009-2010.

Marco Odermatt's season ended in the same way it began, with a victory in Giant Slalom. Odermatt kicked off the 2021-2022 winter season in the best possible way, taking the Men’s Giant Slalom in Sölden, showing that he was the man to beat in the discipline.

Those who pointed him out as the man to beat were absolutely right. Marco Odermatt was the absolute dominator of the discipline. He finished on the podium in all eight World Cup Giant Slalom events this season: 5 wins (Sölden, Val d'Isère, Alta Badia, Adelboden and Meribel-Courchevel), 2 second places (Alta Badia and Kranjska Gora) and 1 third place (Kranjska Gora). The Swiss also won Olympic gold in this discipline in Beijing 2022.

The 24-year-old Swiss star had recorded 16 podiums -4 in Downhill, 4 in Super-G, and 8 in Giant Slalom-, and seven World Cup victories this season (including two in the Super-G, in Beaver Creek and Wengen). The only Swiss man to record more World Cup wins in a single season was Pirmin Zurbriggen, 11 in the 1986-1987 season.

FIS World Cup Starts: 98

FIS World Cup Podiums: 29

FIS World Cup Victories: 11

Men's Alpine Ski World Cup Globe Winners of the 2021-2022 Season

Mikaela Shiffrin won the Overall Crystal Globe for the fourth time (2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2021-2022).

Mikaela Shiffrin had recorded 14 podiums -1 in Downhill, 4 in Super-G, 4 in Giant Slalom, and 5 in Slalom-, and five World Cup victories this season (1 in Downhill, 2 in Giant Slalom, and 2 in Slalom).

This season, in Schladming, Mikaela Shiffrin won her 47th World Cup slalom event, breaking the record for most World Cup victories in a single discipline set by Ingemar Stenmark (Giant Slalom, 46) in 1989.

The 27-year-old ski star (66 in Slalom) is level with Lindsey Vonn (66 in Downhill) for most women's World Cup podiums in a single discipline.

Shiffrin has won 74 World Cup events, ranking her in third place all-time behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Lindsey Vonn (82).

Only Ingemar Stenmark (155), Marcel Hirscher (138), and Lindsey Vonn (137), have claimed more podiums in the World Cup than Mikaela Shiffrin (120).

FIS World Cup Starts: 218

FIS World Cup Podiums: 120

FIS World Cup Victories: 74

Women's Alpine Ski World Cup Globe Winners of the 2021-2022 Season

  • Overall Nations Cup Winner: Austria

After a two-season break, Austria took back the overall ranking in the Nations Cup, which they had won from 1990 to 2019, from the Swiss and won with a total of 10,667 points, a lead of 257 points over their archrival. Third place went to Italy (6,511), a respectable distance away, while Norway finished fourth (6,074).

  • Best Ski Manufacturer Award: HEAD

HEAD reasserted its leading position in the Alpine Skiing World Cup in the 2021-2022 season. In the FIS Brand Ranking HEAD is again the clear number one with 8,275 points. At the Olympic Games in Beijing, the highlight of the season, six out of ten Gold medals in the individual events went to the HEAD team. In the World Cup, the HEAD Worldcup Rebels raced to 64 podium finishes -six more than in the previous season-, and in 17 times they stood on top of the podium.


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