Lasse Kjus ( born January 14, 1971 in Siggerud, Akershus, Norway ) is a retired Norwegian alpine skier. He won the overall World Cup twice, once was Olympic champion and three times world champion. In the 1999 World Cup in Vail, he won in all five discharged disciplines medals ( two gold, three silver ) - a hitherto and also since been unmatched performance, comparable at best with those few that before the introduction of the Super -G discharged in all four disciplines have won medals: Toni Sailer in 1956 and 1958, Marielle Goitschel 1966, Jean- Claude Killy in 1968 and Rosi Mittermeier 1976 ( with their combination medal was in each case the automatic result of the three other medals, Kjus had to deny it its own race). Overall, he won 16 medals at Olympics and World Championships and is one of the most successful ski racers of all time.
The all-rounder won 18 World Cup races (10 runs, 2 Super -G, Giant Slalom 2, 4 combinations ) and 1996 and 1999 the overall World Cup. In Morioka 1993 he became world champion combination. In the 1999 World Cup in Vail he could triumph in the Giant Slalom and Super- G and also won silver in the slalom, in combination and in the downhill. Five times Kjus won the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel and two times the Lauberhorn race in Wengen.
At Olympic Games his record is not so outstanding as at the World Championships. Still, it managed to win gold in a combination him at the Olympic Games in 1994 in Lillehammer. He also won silver in Nagano in 1998 in Downhill, and in combination. At the Olympic Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City, he could turn his medal collection to add silver in the downhill and bronze in the giant slalom. His last World Cup race, a super -G, he finished on 16 March 2006 in Åre with a 13th place. After two years without competition Kjus 2008 started again at the Norwegian Championships and finished second in the downhill third.
In 1999 he won the election to Norway's Sportsman of the Year, the same year he was honored with the Aftenposten gold medal and an award from the International Association of Ski Journalists with the Skieur d'Or.
Also dates his best slalom result in the World Cup, a third place in the slalom in Wengen on which is particularly remarkable as he has obtained it from the year 1999: he remained at the start with his ski hang out and drove back through the first goal.
Kjus 's athlete ambassador of development organization Right to Play.
Olympic Winter Games
- Lillehammer 1994: 1 combination, 7 Giant Slalom, Super -G 12 18 Departure
- Nagano 1998: 2nd exit, 2 combination, 8 Giant Slalom, Super -G 9
- Salt Lake City 2002: 2nd exit, 3 Giant Slalom, 5 combination
- Turin 2006: 14 Downhill, 14 Super -G, Giant Slalom 18
- Saalbach -Hinterglemm 1991 10 Slalom, Super-G 25
- Morioka 1993: 1 combination, 12th slalom, giant slalom 16
- Sierra Nevada 1996: 2 combination, 4th exit, 4 Giant Slalom, Super-G, 6th, 10th slalom
- Sestriere 1997: 2 Giant Slalom, Super-G 2, 2nd exit, 5 combination
- Vail / Beaver Creek 1999: 1st Giant Slalom, Super-G, 1, 2 Slalom, 2nd exit, 2 combination
- St. Anton 2001: 4 Super -G, Giant Slalom 7
- St. Moritz 2003: 2 combination, 9 Super -G, downhill 13
- Bormio 2005: 6 combination, 11 Super -G, downhill 33
Junior World Championships
- Madonna di Campiglio 1988: 6 Super -G, downhill 9
- Aleyska 1989: 9 Downhill, Slalom 21, 37 Super -G, Giant Slalom 37
- Zinal 1990: 1st Giant Slalom, 2nd exit, 2 combination, third Super -G, 3rd slalom
- 3rd place: 1996
- 3rd place: 1996
World Cup wins
Kjus won 18 World Cup races (10x departure, 2x Super -G, Giant Slalom 2x, 4x combination ) and achieved an additional 42 podiums.
Lasse Kjus is six times Norwegian Champion: