The greatest female World Cup skiers of all time

Winning the Alpine World Cup is one of the toughest tasks in sports. After years of training, if you are lucky enough to get on the World Cup circuit, it will take all your mental, physical and emotional strength along with a little luck to be called the Alpine Skiing World Cup Champion. The World Cup champ is crowned by combining the results from five different skiing events. The Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Combined make up the World Cup.

Since 1967, twenty-four different women have earned the right to be called World Cup Champions, but five stand out from the rest. They dominated a sport that is hard to dominate. They are the best of the best, the greatest women Alpine skiers of all-time. Let's look at these women and what they accomplished.

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Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn is the current World Cup champ. Actually she is the three-time reigning champ. Her best events are the Downhill and Super G, but she also does well enough on the Combined to help keep atop of the standings. She has 39 total career wins on the World Cup circuit. Add that to her two Olympic medals and she is one of the most successful skiers of all-time.

Janica Kostelic

Janica was a major force in Alpine skiing from 2001-06. The Croat won three World Cup titles with her best events being the Slalom and Combined. Her major rivals during that time period included Anja Parson and Sonja Nef. Many think having three knee surgeries cut her career short and she would've won additional World Cup titles.

Anja Parson

Anja Parson is a two-time World Cup champ from Sweden. She started skiing at the age of seven when her older sister and cousins took up skiing. He best events are the Slalom and Giant Slalom. At the age of 29, she is still competing at a high level on the World Cup circuit.

Vreni Schneider

Vreni is a three time World Cup champ and she won the Slalom event on six occasions. Some call her the best Alpine skier of her era. She sure dominated the decade of the 90's. In total, she won 55 World Cup events around the world. She retired from competitive skiing in 1995 and now runs a ski school in Switzerland.

Annemarie Proll

The most dominant skier of the 70's and the person that set the standard for women's skiing was Annemarie Proll of Austria. Now Annemarie Moser, she won the World Cup title six times, and was the World Cup Downhill champ seven times. She retired in 1980 after winning an Olympic gold medal in Lake Placid.

The 2011 World Cup season is underway and Lindsey Vonn is off to a fast start. Can she win four straight championships? We'll find out.

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Updated Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011