Cortina 2021 Alpine World Ski Championships. Week 1. Speed and Alpine Combined Events

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Tomorrow the inaugural race of the Alpine World Ski Championships will take place in Cortina with the first and only race in this discipline during a season characterized by the pandemic.

The Swiss Wendy Holdener is the reigning Alpine Combined Champion. In Åre (Sweden), in 2019, she won the gold medal ahead of the Slovak Petra Vlhová and the Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel.

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is an alpine skiing competition organized by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The inaugural world championships in Alpine Skiing were held in Mürren (Switzerland) in 1931 and consisted of Downhill and Slalom events for Men and Women.

The Combined event was added to the program of the Alpine World Ski Championships 1932 were held 4–6 February in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

After the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the Giant Slalom was added and the Combined event was dropped. The Giant slalom made its debut at the 11th FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, held February 13–18 in the United States at Aspen, Colorado.

The combined event returned to the program in 1954 in Åre as a "paper race," using the results of the three races (Downhill, Giant Slalom, and Slalom).

In 1982, in Schladming, Austria, the Combined event returned as a separate event, with its own Downhill and two Slalom runs.

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1987 held in Crans-Montana included a Super-G race for the first time.

In 2007 the Alpine World Ski Championships held in Åre, Sweden, were the first ones to use the "Super-Combined" format (one run each of Downhill and Slalom) for the Combined event.