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Super Giant Slalom Skiing


Super Giant Slalom Skiing, Super giant slalom or Super-G is a racing discipline of alpine skiing. Along with the faster downhill, it is regarded as a “speed” event, in contrast to the technical events giant slalom and slalom. It debuted as an official World Cup event during the 1983 season and was added to the official schedule of the World Championships in 1987 and the Winter Olympics in 1988.

Super-G was run as a World Cup test event during the 1982 season, with two men’s races and a women’s race that did not count in the season standings. Approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) that summer, it was first officially run at the World Cup level in December 1982 at Val-d’Isère, France; the winner was Peter Müller of Switzerland. The first official women’s super-G was run a month later in early January 1983, with consecutive events at Verbier, Switzerland. The first winner was Irene Epple of West Germany, and Cindy Nelson of the United States won the next day an a different course. These were the only two races for women in super-G during the 1983 season; the men had three. The event was not universally embraced during its early years, which included a boycott by two-time defending overall champion Phil Mahre in December 1982.

For the first three seasons, super-G results were added into the giant slalom discipline for the season standings; it gained separate status for a crystal globe for the 1986 season with five events for both men and women; the first champions were Markus Wasmeier and Marina Kiehl, both of West Germany.

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