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Lasse Kjus (born January 14, 1971) is a retired Norwegian Alpine skier who has won the overall World Cup twice, an Olympic gold medal, and several World Championships. His combined career total of 16 Olympic and World Championship medals ranks 2nd all-time behind fellow Norwegian Kjetil André Aamodt.

Career

Kjus was born in Siggerudmarker.

1999 World Championships

In February 1999, Kjus pulled off one of the most remarkable feats in the history of alpine skiing when he medaled in all five events at the FIS Alpine World Championships in Vail, Coloradomarker. Three skiers had previously earned four medals at a single World Championships (Toni Sailer of Austria in 1958 at Bad Gasteinmarker, Marielle Goitschel of France in 1966 at Portillo, Chilemarker, Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland in 1987 at Crans-Montanamarker) — including two (Sailer and Goitschel) who did so when only 4 medal events were contested — but no one before or since has medaled in all five alpine disciplines, downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and combined, at a single championships.

He started off on February 2 by tying Austrian great Hermann Maier for gold in super G. Four days later, in the downhill at nearby Beaver Creekmarker, Kjus settled for silver, 0.31 seconds behind Maier. On February 9 in the combined event, he narrowly missed his second gold, finishing in silver-medal position only 0.16 seconds behind compatriot Kjetil André Aamodt. With momentum building, Kjus captured gold in the giant slalom on February 12, and then finished off his remarkable run two days later with silver in his weakest event, slalom. He had the lead after the first of two runs of slalom, but skied conservatively to assure he would win a fifth medal. He finished a scant 0.11 seconds behind Kalle Palander of Finland over two runs. Reflecting on his performance that day and the entire fortnight in Colorado, Kjus said "I always try my best, but I could never have dreamed... maybe I could have skied faster in the second run, but I didn't want to be too aggressive. I knew I could get a podium, and that's all I wanted." 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.

After the race, Kjus offered some advice to wild young American Bode Miller, who was competing in his first Worlds: "Control your abandon." Miller finished 8th in the slalom event.

World Cup victories

Lasse Kjus has won 18 World Cup events: 10 in Downhill, 2 in Super-G, 2 in Giant Slalom and 4 in the Combined Event.

Overall

Season Discipline
2001 Combined
1999 Overall
1999 Downhill
1999 Combined
1996 Overall
1994 Combined


Individual victories

Date Location Race
January 16, 1994 Kitzbühelmarker Combined
February 2, 1995 Vailmarker Super-G
December 21, 1995 Kranjska Goramarker Giant Slalom
December 29, 1995 Bormiomarker Downhill
March 6, 1996 Kvitfjellmarker Downhill
January 26, 1997 Kitzbühel Combined
March 2, 1997 Kvitfjell Downhill
December 12, 1998 Val-d'Isèremarker Downhill
December 18, 1998 Val Gardenamarker Downhill
January 16, 1999 Wengenmarker Downhill
January 17, 1999 Wengen Combined
January 22, 1999 Kitzbühel Downhill
March 10, 1999 Sierra Nevadamarker Downhill
January 21, 2001 Kitzbühel Combined
December 19, 2003 Val Gardena Super-G
January 22, 2004 Kitzbühel Downhill
December 4, 2004 Beaver Creekmarker Giant Slalom
March 10, 2005 Lenzerheidemarker Downhill


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