Alpine skiing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the Winter Olympic programme, which is arguably reflected in the fact that in the entire history of Alpine skiing at the Winter Games, only five athletes have successfully defended their Olympic crowns across all events in the competition.

So if history is any indicator, we should be seeing plenty of new champions (and first-time medalists) on the Alpine podiums. Of course, that doesn't mean the established stars and veterans of the sport should be overlooked - far from it.

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Alpine Skiing Games History