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Speed Skiing World Records from 1874 to 1999

Speed skiing went through a number of organizational convolutions after 1984, stabilizing in 1993 when the French Ski Federation became the sanctioning body for the races. Eighty to a hundred racers follow the annual World Speed Skiing Championship Tour of three to five races, similar to alpine skiing’s World Cup. Speed skiers are professionals even though they went amateur when the FIS was the organizing body for the 1992 Olympic Speed Skiing Demonstrations, and returned to professional status after the Olympics. Perhaps the biggest change in the sport is the grooming of the speed track. Since the early 1990s grooming machines have been winched down the speed track, making the track safer and faster. Franz Weber says winch-grooming definitely increased average speed—the record has risen 10 mph in the 1990s.

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Date Location Skier mph / kph
     
1874 La Porte Tommy Todd 87.7 / 141.00 1
1930 St. Moritz Gustav Lantschner 65.588 / 105.675
1931 St. Moritz Leo Gasperl 84.692 / 136.600
1947 Cervinia Zeno Colo 98.761 / 159.292
1955 Portillo Ralph Miller 108.7 / 175.402
1959 Sestriere Edoardo Agraiter 99.307 / 160.174
1960 Cervinia Luigi DiMarco 101.224 / 163.265
1963 Cervinia Alfred Plangger 104.298 / 168.224
1963 Portillo Dick Dorworth 105.285 / 71.428
1963 Portillo C.B. Vaughn 105.285 / 71.428
1964 Cervinia Luigi DiMarco 108.349 / 174.757
1970 Cervinia Morishita Masaru 113.703 / 183.392
1971 Cervinia Alessandro Casse 114,168 / 184.143
1973 Cervinia Alessandro Casse 114.226 / 184.237
1974 Cervinia Steve McKinney 117.473 / 189.473
1975 Cervinia Pino Meynet 120.518 / 194.384
1976 Cervinia Tom Simons 120.583 / 194.489
1977 Portillo Steve McKinney 121.024 / 195.200
1978 Portillo Steve McKinney 124.137 / 200.222
1982 Les Arcs Steve McKinney 124.762 / 201.230
1982 Silverton Franz Weber 125.959 / 203.160
1983 Silverton Franz Weber 129.017 / 208.092
1984 Les Arcs Franz Weber 129.540 / 208.937
1987 Les Arcs Graham Wilkie 131.578 / 212.514
1987 Portillo Michel Prufer 134.544 / 217.008
1987 Les Arcs Michel Prufer 138.719 / 223.741
1992 Les Arcs Michel Prufer 142.165 / 229.299
1993 Les Arcs Philippe Goitschel 144.460 / 233.000
1995 Vars Jeff Hamilton 150.400 / 242.000
1997 Vars Philippe Billy 150.660 / 243.000
1999 Les Arcs Harry Egger 153.760 / 248.000
     
WOMEN    
Date Location Skier mph / kph
     
1867 La Porte Lottie Joy 48.9 / 79.003
1963 Cervinia Emanuel Spreafico 78.82 / 127.138
1965 Cervinia Kristl Staffner 88.802 / 143.230
1978 Portillo Cathy Breyton 103.300 / 165.000
1980 Silverton Cathy Breyton 105.566 / 170.268
1982 Les Arcs Annie Breyton 108,718 / 175.353
1982 Silverton Marti Martin-Kuntz 111.144 / 179.104
1983 Les Arcs Marti Martin-Kuntz 118.033 / 190.375
1983 Silverton Kirsten Culver 120.515 / 194.384
1984 Les Arcs Melissa Dimino 124.483 / 200.780
1987 Les Arcs Jacquelyn Blanc 124.623 / 201.005
1988 Les Arcs Torja Mulari 132.936 / 214.413
1992 Les Arcs Torja Mulari 135.931 / 219.245
1995 Vars Karin DuBouchet 139.50 / 225.000
1997 Les Arcs Karin DuBouchet 141.984 / 229.008
1997 Vars Carolyn Curl 143.649 / 231.660

Notes:
1. Tommy Todd’s record is unofficial, even assuming stop watches good to a tenth of a second were used to time him. But his record certainly was accepted by the California speed skiing crowd.

2. Ralph Miller’s 108.7 mph was timed by Emile Allais with a stop watch good to a tenth of a second. One tenth of a second’s difference over 50 meters, the length of the speed trap, equals close to 18 mph; the possibility is inescapable that Miller was not the first to go over 100 mph on skis. In this case, Luigi Dimarco has the honor. But Miller’s run inspired Dick Dorworth and C.B. Vaughan to break the record at Portillo using electic-eye timing, and that in turn attracted future record-holder Steve McKinney to the sport.

3. Unofficial, to say the least. Ms. Joy’s time but not the length of her run was reported in The Mountain Messenger. The figure given assumes she ran the men’s 1,230-foot speed track.

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