Lasse Kjus & Kjetil Andre Aamodt

Lasse Kjus

In February of 1999, Norway’s Lasse Kjus pulled off one of the most remarkable feats in the history of alpine skiing when he medaled in all five events at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek. Prior to that feat, a trio of skiers had previously earned four medals at a single World Championships (Toni Sailer of Austria in 1958, Marielle Goitschel of France in 1966 and Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland in 1987), while Sweden’s Anja Paerson made it a quartet at the recently completed World Championships in Are, Sweden. He started off his historic World Championships tied with Austria’s Hermann Maier for gold in super G, which also marked the first time in Championships history that there had been a gold medal tie. Four days later, in the Downhill, Kjus settled for silver, 0.31 seconds behind Maier, while in the Combined, he narrowly missed his second gold, finishing in silver-medal position only 0.16 seconds behind teammate Kjetil Andre Aamodt. With momentum building, Kjus captured gold in the Giant Slalom, and then finished off his remarkable run two days later with silver in his weakest event, Slalom. He missed winning all five gold medals by a combined total of slightly more than half a second (0.58 seconds). Most impressively, he performed the feat while suffering from a chest infection which had dogged him all winter and often left him coughing and wheezing at the bottom of courses. A two-time overall World Cup champ (1996 & 1999), Kjus owns a total of 16 Olympic and World Championships medals, ranking him second in career medals behind Aamodt. He recorded a total of 18 career World Cup victories, including a Super-G win in Vail in 1995 and a Giant Slalom victory on Birds of Prey in 2004. He retired from competition following the 2006 season.

Lasse Kjus Medals/World Cup Wins

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Kjetil Andre Aamodt 

Aamodt is one of the most decorated alpine skiers in history. He is the only alpine skier to win 8 Olympic medals, along with 5 World Championships gold medals, as well as 21 individual World Cup events. An all-round skier, Aamodt participated in all five alpine skiing disciplines and is one of only five male skiers in history to have won a World Cup race in Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Combined. His combined career total of 20 World Championship and Olympic medals is an all-time best. He is the youngest alpine skier to win an Olympic gold medal and also the oldest alpine skier to win a gold medal. He became the first Alpine skier in the history of the Olympic Games to win four gold medals following his win in Torino in Super-G. Crowned the 1994 overall World Cup champion at the World Cup Finals in Vail, Aamodt also claimed a gold medal in Combined and a bronze in Downhill at the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships.

 

Kjetil Andre Aamodt  Medals/World Cup Wins

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Lasse Kjus & Kjetil Andre Aamodt