Top 10 Women in Alpine Skiing

When it comes to women's alpine skiing, the definitive ranking of the top athletes in the sport comes from the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS)—the International Ski Federation—which governs the World Cup and other competitions in this sport.

Each year, the FIS tracks the points these female athletes earn in regular season competition, which results in a ranked system to view all competitors; the following list features the top 10 female alpine ski racers who specialize in either giant slalom or slalom as they rank overall in the sport.

Learn more below about the top contenders for the 2018 season—which started in October of 2017. For more information on men's World cup downhill racers, be sure to check out our article on the Top 10 Men in Alpine Ski Racing.

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Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)

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In the past few years, Mikaela Shiffrin has become one of the top women's Alpine skiers in the world and is currently the reigning Overall World Cup champion and the Olympic and world champion in slalom.

Throughout her career, Shiffrin has 34 wins in FIS World Cup events, and she most recently secured her first World Cup win in slalom of the 2017-2018 season. Mikaela Shiffrin also serves as a specialist in slalom and giant slalom for the United States Ski Team on the World Cup tour.

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Petra Vlhová (Slovakia)

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Petra Vlhová also specializes in slalom and giant slalom for the Slovak women's World Cup alpine ski team and has been right behind Shiffrin for the past few seasons. Since making her debut in 2012 at the age of 17, Vlohová has quickly become one of the top athletes in the field, though the 2018 season is only her second to rank in the top 10 (she was ranked 10th overall for 2017).

Vlohvá has earned three victories in FIS World Cup slalom, her first during the 2016 season and her second and third as back-to-back victories closing out the 2017 season and opening the 2018 season.

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Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany)

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Viktoria Rebensburg has been a contender in the FIS World Cup's overall top 10 since 2011, and she won gold in giant slalom at the 2010 Winter Olympics and bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics, making her one of the top athletes in the sport.

Despite an upsetting DNF1 (did not finish first run) in the 2017 World Cup giant slalom event, Rebensburg remains in the top spot for the giant slalom event, which she specializes in for Germany's women's ski team.

Over her career, Rebensburg has earned 13 gold medals, two Super-G medals, and stood on 35 total podiums for her participation in the sport, and the 2018 season marks a resurgence in her domination of the giant slalom event.

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Frida Hansdotter (Sweden)

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Daughter of famed alpine skier Hans Johansson, Frida Hansdotter is a Swedish alpine ski racer specializing in slalom who gained her first World Cup victory in 2014 and won the 2016 season title in slalom.

Hansdotter has been competing since the age of 21 in 2007 ​when she came in 30th in slalom and 89th overall. Since then, Hansdotter has moved up the ranks in the sport, finishing fifth overall and first in slalom in 2016.

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Stephanie Brunner (Austria)

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After making her World Cup debut in 2012, Austrian alpine ski racer Stephanie Brunner has slowly climbed the ranks, though she has yet to claim a gold in the professional World Cup season.

Specializing in both giant slalom and slalom, Brunner has asserted herself as a contender in the 2018 season, finishing fourth at Killington and Soelden events in late 2017.

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Manuela Mölgg (Italy)

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Specializing in both slalom and giant slalom, Manuela Moelgg (or Mölgg) is an Italian alpine ski racer who has competed since the age of 19 in 2003. However, Mölgg has never won either event.

Still, Mölgg has 13 podium-earning finishes (top three), 11 in giant slalom and two in slalom, and for the 2018 season, Mölgg is on track to remain in the top 10 throughout the season for the first time in her career.

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Tessa Worley (France)

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Although French alpine ski racer Tessa Worley has competed in all five disciplines of the sport, she specializes in giant slalom and has one season title under her belt for the specialty (2017). Worley is on track to repeat her success in the 2018 and is currently ranked second overall and in giant slalom.

Worley has won 11 grand slalom events and stood on the podium 21 total times in her career since she won in 2009 during her second year competing.

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Wendy Holdener (Switzerland)

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After making her debut in 2010, Wendy Holdener earned her first podium in 2013 and earned the 2016 World Cup crystal globe title for combined disciplines of alpine ski racing. Although Holdener doesn't specialize in the field of slalom, she ranked third in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Holdener also competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics for Switzerland's ski racing team, but she scored a DNF1 in both the giant slalom and slalom events that year.

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Bernadette Schild (Austria)

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Slalom specialist and Austrian alpine ski racer Bernadette Schild first debuted in the World Cup in 2008, but she didn't earn her first podium victory until 2013 when she took home silver at Lenzerheide's slalom competition.

Schild's 2018 season is already lining up to be her best on the FIS World Cup standings after taking home bronze at the November 2017 Killington event.

Bernadette Schild also was a member of Austria's 2014 Winter Olympics ski team, and although she qualified for the second round, she earned a DNF2 for the second run.

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Anna Swenn-Larsson (Sweden)

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Anna Swenn-Larsson made her debut in the World Cup during the 2011 season, where she ranked 122nd overall and 58th in slalom, and since then her seasons have only gotten better with time, though the 2018 season is her first to rank in the top 10 in FIS standings.

Ranking sixth and seventh in back-to-back events to start of the 2018 season, Swenn-Larsson's chances for staying in the top 10 this year seem higher than ever.