History of Alpine Skiing
Alpine skiing has been contested at every Winter Olympics since 1936, when a combined event was held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. From 1948–80, the Winter Olympics also served as the World Championships in Olympic years (with separate competitions held in even-numbered non-Olympic years). During 1956-80, extra World Championships medals were awarded in the combined using the results of the slalom anddownhill, since the combined event was absent from the Winter Olympics from 1952–84, returning in 1988. Since 1985, the World Championships have been scheduled every odd-numbered year, independent of the Winter Olympics.