What country has produced the most overall World Cup skiing champions?

Bode Miller and Lindsay Vonn are set to become the overall World Cup winners this year. It’s the second time two Americans have won the overall crown. Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney did it in 1983, so we wondered, how many times both winners have hailed from the same country, and from what mountainous nation do the best skiers come?

The answer to that second question will be obvious to most ski fans: Austria. Austrians have won the overall World Cup title 24 times while the Swiss are second with 17 overall victories. Miller and Vonn will be the 6th and 7th American champs.

But the Swiss rank ahead in double wins. They’ve done it thrice: Pirmin Zurbriggen and Erika Hess in 1984; Zurbriggen and Maria Walliser in 1987; and Zurbriggen and Michela Figini in 1988.

For more skiing comparisons and history, check this wikipedia entry.


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