The World Hot Air Ballooning Championships are the FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship and the FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship. These biennial events for hot air ballooning are conducted under the direction of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA or Comité International d'Aérostation).[1]

Championships

FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship

Year City Country Date Winners No. of
Athletes
No. of
Nations
1973[2] Albuquerque  United States February 10–17
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Dennis Flodden (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Bill Cutter (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Janne Balkedal (SWE)
32 14
1975[2] Albuquerque  United States October 2–12
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  David Schaffer (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Janne Balkedal (SWE)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Peter Vizzard (AUS)
34 15
1977[2] Castle Howard  Great Britain September 10–18
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Paul Woessner (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Bruce Comstock (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Michael Scudder (USA)
51 22
1979[2] Uppsala  Sweden January 3–9
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Paul Woessner (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Sid Cutter (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Olivier Roux-Devillas (FRA)
33 16
1981[2] Battle Creek  United States June 20–28
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Bruce Comstock (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  David Bareford (GBR)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Jan Balkedal (SWE)
82 21
1983[2] Nantes  France August 28 – September 7
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Peter Vizzard (AUS)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Olivier Roux-Devillas (FRA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  David Bareford (GBR)
70 20
1985[2] Battle Creek  United States July 12–20
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  David Levin (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Crispin Williams (GBR)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Bill Cunningham (USA)
98 23
1987[2] Schielleiten/Stubenberg  Austria September 5–12
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Al Nels (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Josef Starkbaum (AUT)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Leopold Hauer (AUT)
71 24
1989[2] Saga  Japan November 18–27
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Benedikt Haggeney (GER)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Al Nels (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Bruce Comstock (USA)
102 25
1991[2] Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu  Canada August 10–18
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Al Nels (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Uwe Schneider (GER)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Uwe Claussen (GER)
101 26
1993[2] Larochette  Luxembourg August 12–22
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Alan Blount (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Owen Keown (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Joe Heartsill (USA)
101 32
1995[2] Battle Creek  United States June 30 – July 8
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Joe Heartsill (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Phil Glebe (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  David Levin (USA)
86 32
1997[2] Saga  Japan November 15–27
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  David Bareford (GBR)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Janne Balkedal (SWE)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Joe Heartsill (USA)
112 38
1999[2] Bad Waltersdorf  Austria August 28 – September 5
90 35
2002[2] Châtellerault  France August 23 – September 1
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  David Bareford (GBR)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Steve Jones (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Jan Balkedal (SWE)
99 36
2004[2] Mildura  Australia June 26 - July 3
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Markus Pieper (GER)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Uwe Schneider (GER)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Paul Gibbs (AUS)
87 32
2006[2] Tochigi  Japan November 18–25
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  John Petrehn (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Joe Heartsill (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Uwe Schneider (GER)
62 31
2008[2] Hofkirchen  Austria September 13–20
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Francois Messines (FRA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Alexey Medvedsky (RUS)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Stephane Bolze (FRA)
102 33
2010[2] Debrecen  Hungary October 2–10
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Johnny Petrehn (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Nick Donner (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Stefan Zeberli (SUI)
118 31
2012[2] Battle Creek  United States August 17–25
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Nick Donner (USA)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Johnny Petrehn (USA)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Yudai Fujita (JPN)
99 30
2014[2] Rio Claro  Brazil July 17–27
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Yudai Fujita (JPN)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Uwe Schneider (GER)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Lupercio Lima (BRA)
59 21
2016[2] Saga  Japan October 30 – November 7
105 31
2018[3] Gross-Siegharts  Austria August 18–26
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Dominic Bareford (GBR)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Stefan Zeberli (SUI)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Sergey Latypov (RUS)
105 38
2020 Murska Sobota  Slovenia September 20–26

FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship

Year City Country Date Winners No. of
Athletes
No. of
Nations
2014[2] Leszno  Poland September 8–13
38 16
2016[2] Birštonas  Lithuania July 5–10
  • 1st place, gold medalist(s)  Nicola Scaife (AUS)
  • 2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Ann Herdewyn (BEL)
  • 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Cheri White (USA)
42 20
2018[4] Nałęczów  Poland August 7–11
33 10

All-time medal table

Updated after the 2018 World Championships.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States (USA)1510732
2 Great Britain (GBR)3216
3 Australia (AUS)3036
4 Germany (GER)2428
5 France (FRA)1124
6 Japan (JPN)1012
7 Poland (POL)1001
8 Sweden (SWE)0235
9 Lithuania (LTU)0224
10 Austria (AUT)0213
11  Switzerland (SUI)0123
12 Russia (RUS)0112
13 Belgium (BEL)0101
14 Brazil (BRA)0011
Totals (14 entries)26262678

See also

References

  1. ^ "About Us". FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA). Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Results: World Hot Air Balloon Championship: 1973–2016". wydera.de. Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  3. ^ "Results: 23rd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship: Gross-Siegharts, Austria". Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  4. ^ "Results: 3rd FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship: Naleczow, Poland". Retrieved 2018-12-16.