Alpine Skiing

Alpine skiing is one of the top Special Olympics sports. Stay up to date with alpine skiing news, events and competition results on this page. You'll find links to coaching resources, too. It's all here.


Male alpine skier receives a high-five after completing his run.

Alpine skiing will be a high point of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Schladming, Austria.  Photo by Elias Sinkus  View the Alpine Skiing Fact Sheet

Alpine skiing is a demanding sport, and athletes will benefit by being in good physical condition to compete successfully and safely. Alpine skiing requires, in addition to a basic combination of endurance and strength, a high capacity of quickness and action/reaction endurance. Through proper training, the athletes improve their physical, psychological and mental efficiency.


Alpine Skiing Stories and News


April 02, 2014 | SOI General: Regions

Beautiful Oslo setting for Alpine Skiing Competition

By Suzanne Coogan

40 Special Olympics athletes took part in the Special Olympics Norway Alpine Skiing Invitational

Set in the beautiful Oslo Vinterpark only 20 minutes from central Oslo, the Special Olympics Norway Alpine Skiing Invitational Competition has just concluded.View Story Set in the beautiful Oslo Vinterpark only 20 minutes from central Oslo, the Special Olympics Norway Alpine Skiing Invitational Competition has just concluded. More than 40 athletes took part in the competition which ran from 28th March to 31st March. The athletes are returning home after a hugely successful and fun filled experience. Athletes represented 5 different National Programs - Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and Italy and of course athletes from Special Olympics Norway participated as well. Well done to Special Olympics Norway for hosting such a fantastic three day Alpine skiing event.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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March 28, 2014 | North America: Michigan

"He's become the loud noise he once feared"

By Amie Dugan

AJ Maynard, of Mattawan, MI, a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, was afraid of a lot of things growing up. But thanks to Special Olympics, AJ has now become the loud noise he once feared.View Story AJ Maynard, of Mattawan, MI, a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, was afraid of a lot of things growing up. But thanks to Special Olympics, his adoptive mother Chris Maynard says, AJ has now become the loud noise he once feared. He started in Special Olympics at age 8, and now competes in events like swimming, basketball, track and maybe the most important of all, skiing. His mother says it was skiing in particular that helped AJ's confidence bloom. After winning a gold medal in the State Regional Games in January and a bronze at the State Winter Games in February, AJ and all Special Olympics athletes look ahead to the summer games with the cold winter weather finally on its way out. Kalamazoo Gazette photographer Chuck Miller spent time with AJ Maynard throughout his preparation for the winter games and during his performance at the State Regional Games for this photo essay (see link).

About Amie Dugan:Director, Marketing and Communications
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March 24, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Estonia

Third Baltic Winter Games hosted by Special Olympics Estonia

By Siret Kruk

147 cross-coutry skiers from 4 countries competed in Estonia.

The Games started on 5th March. Despite high temperatures and very difficult snow conditions in all of Europe, athletes could compete on perfectly prepared venue, in division races from 100m to 1,2km.View Story For the third year Otepää city gathered 200 Special Olympics cross-country skiers aged 10-62 and their coaches from Estonia (24 clubs, special schools and centres), Latvia , Lithuania and Poland. The Games started on 5th March morning from the ceremonies in front of Otepää Municipality House and followed by Torch Run in escort of the friendly Estonian Police to the Ski stadium, where the Opening Ceremonies took place. Despite high temperatures and very difficult snow conditions in all of Europe, athletes could compete on perfectly prepared venue, in division races from 100m to 1,2km. On 6th March, the finals and relays 4x500m were concluded with emotional awarding and closing ceremonies. The ski resort in Otepää is famous for its world-class standard where World Cup and championships in cross-country skiing have taken place. After the competition participants relaxed in Pühajärve Spa and Holiday Resort, where attractions and social activities were organized.

About Siret Kruk:Sports Director of SO Estonia; the organizer of annual SO cross-country skiing competition in Otepaa.
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The 2013 Games featured world-class competition in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speedskating, among other sports in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. See results by delegation, athlete and bib number.


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