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Lasse Kjus

Full name: Lasse Kjus (Kristoffersen-)
Nickname(s): Kjusern
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: January 14, 1971 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Affiliations: Bærum Skiklubb, Bærum (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Lasse Kjus was one of the most successful skiiers in Alpine history. He had 18 World Cup victories, 10 in downhill, and won 4 gold, 11 silver and 1 bronze medal in the Winter Olympics or World Championships in the period from 1993-2005. The only male alpine skier with more international championships medals is his friend Kjetil André Aamodt. Kjus won six national titles, and was an excellent all-rounder, with international medals in all Alpine disciplines. His international breakthrough at the senior level came in 1993 when he was World Champion in combined at Morioka, Japan, although in 1990 he had won medals in all five events at the World Junior Championships. He again won the combined at the 1994 Lillehammmer Olympics, heading a Norwegian medal sweep. At the 1999 World Championships in Vail, Colorado, Kjus medalled in every event, winning giant slalom and Super-G, and taking silver in downhill, slalom and the combined, making him, through 2013, the only alpine skier to medal in all five events at an international championship.

Kjus was twice the overall World Cup champion, in 1996 and 1999, and won four event seasonal World Cups, adding downhill and combined in 1999, and winning the combined in 1994 and 2001. In all he had 60 podiums in World Cup races. One of his most famous races came in the 1999 Lauberhorn slalom at Wengen when he caught a tip coming out of the gate, spun around and went through the first gate backwards, but corrected himself and still finished third in the race, a feat seen often on youtube.

The “Dream Team” of Kjus and Aamodt ended their career after the 2006 Olympics, but just for fun Kjus made a comeback at the 2008 Norwegian Championships, winning a silver medal in downhill at the 1994 Olympic venue in Kvitfjell, Lillehammer. After his retirement Kjus became a very successful businessman, and in 2012 sold the rights to his brand Kjus to the Swiss firm LK Internatonal for 56 million Norwegian Kroner.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Norway NOR AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Norway NOR 18
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Norway NOR 12
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Norway NOR 7
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Norway NOR AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Norway NOR 1 Gold
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Norway NOR 2 Silver
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Norway NOR 9
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Norway NOR 8
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Norway NOR 2 Silver
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Norway NOR 2 Silver
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Norway NOR AC DNF
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Norway NOR 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Norway NOR 5
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Norway NOR 14
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Men's Super G Norway NOR 14
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Norway NOR 18
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Men's Combined Norway NOR AC DNF

Men's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 18 1:46.84
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 2 1:50.51
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 2 1:39.35
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 14 1:50.64

Men's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 12 1:34.02
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 9 1:36.25
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings AC DNF
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 14 1:31.79
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Cancelled Run 15 1:36.80

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings AC DNF
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Norway Run 1 AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 7 2:53.23
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Run 1 7 1:29.07
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Run 2 7 1:24.16
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 8 2:40.65
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Run 1 10 1:21.92
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Run 2 7 1:18.73
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 3 2:24.32
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Run 1 3 1:12.79
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Run 2 6 1:11.53
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 18 2:39.31
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Run 1 19 1:18.73
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Run 2 22 1:20.58

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Run 1 AC DNF

Men's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 1 3:17.53
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Downhill 1 1:36.95
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom 7 1:40.58
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom Run 1 6 51.25
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom Run 2 8 49.33
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 2 3:08.65
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Downhill 2 1:34.99
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom 2 1:33.66
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom Run 1 2 48.09
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom Run 2 7 45.57
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings 5 3:19.80
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Downhill 2 1:38.97
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom Run 1 8 47.72
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom Run 2 7 53.11
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom 7 1:40.83
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Final Standings AC DNF
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Downhill 6 1:39.63
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom Run 1 AC DNF
2006 Winter 35 Torino Alpine Skiing Norway Slalom AC DNF
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