Caroline Lalive

Caroline Lalive ( born August 10, 1979 in Truckee, California ) is a former American alpine skier. Despite its strengths in the speed disciplines Downhill and Super- G it was during its active period as an all-rounder.


Lalive was born as the daughter of a U.S. citizen and a Swiss father and initially grew up in Switzerland. There it formed as a two year old for the first time on skis. At age six, she performed her first race.

As of 1996, Lalive was a member of the U.S. Ski Team. After initial successes in FIS races in Nor- Am Cup and the European Cup they played their first World Cup race in November 1996. From the 1997/98 season she appeared regularly on the World Cup. Four times she drove to second place (two downhills and two combinations ), other 28 times she was in the top ten.

In major championships Lalive was only once at the top: it was Junior World Champion in the combination 1999. In combination they had previously been in the year at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano seventh. Caroline Lalive was in 2002 in Salt Lake City in the U.S. Olympic team, but was able to finish any of her three races. A third participation in the Olympic Games it was denied after they had broken just before the 2006 Games in Turin in training left kneecap.

After a series of further injury she explained in the summer of 2009 her retirement from ski racing.


Olympic games

  • Nagano 1998: 7 combination

World Championships

  • Vail / Beaver Creek 1999: 28 Super -G
  • St. Moritz 2003: 13 combination, 30 departure
  • Bormio 2005: 12 Super -G

Junior World Championships

  • Schladming 1997: 9 Slalom, Super-G 10 21 Departure
  • Pra Loup 1999: 1 combination, 4 Giant Slalom, Super-G, 5, 8, exit 12 Slalom

World Cup

  • 1999/2000 season: 2 Combination results
  • Season 2000/ 01: 2 Combination results
  • 5 podiums
  • 25 other rankings in the top ten

Continental Cups

  • 2 podiums in the European Cup, including 1 win
  • 8 podiums in the Nor- Am Cup, including 1 win

Other successes

  • 2 U.S. championship ( 2000 Slalom, Super-G, 2002 )
  • 5 wins in FIS races