Kjetil André Aamodt
|— Alpine skier —|
Aamodt in June 2009
|Disciplines||Downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom,
|Club||SK Nordstrand IF|
2 September 1971 |
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|World Cup debut||23 November 1989
|Retired||January 2007 (age 35)|
|Teams||5 – (1992–2006)|
|Medals||8 (4 gold)|
|Teams||8 – (1991–2005)|
|Medals||12 (5 gold)|
|Seasons||16 – (1990–2003, '05–06)|
|Overall titles||1 – (1994)|
|Discipline titles||3 – (1 SG, 1 GS, 1 SL)|
Kjetil André Aamodt (born 2 September 1971) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Norway, a champion in the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup. He is the most decorated ski racer from Norway.
Born in Oslo, Aamodt is the only alpine skier to win 8 Olympic medals, and has won 5 World Championship gold medals as well as 21 individual World Cup events. Described as an all-round alpine skier, Aamodt participated in all alpine skiing disciplines in the World Cup and World Championships, and is one of only 5 male alpine skiers to have won a World Cup race in all five disciplines.
Aamodt's combined career total of twenty World Championship and Olympic medals is an all-time best. He is the second-youngest male alpine skier to win an Olympic gold medal (age 20 in 1992; Toni Sailer was two months younger in 1956). Until 2014, he was also the oldest alpine skier to win an Olympic gold medal. For almost six years, Aamodt led the all-time Marathon World Cup ranking, with a total of 13,252 points earned from 1989 to 2006 – until 14 March 2012, when Austrian Benjamin Raich overtook him with a fifth place in the downhill at the 2012 World Cup final in Schladming to total 13,281 points, earned from 1998. Third in this ranking of male competitors is Austrian Hermann Maier (11,787, 1996–2009). Ingemar Stenmark and Marc Girardelli, also very successful World Cup racers, competed under a different scoring system which awarded only 25 points for a victory; 100 points have been awarded since 1992.
Another all-time best is his 231 World Cup top-ten results, 9 ahead of Benjamin Raich.
By winning the super-G race at the 2006 Olympics, Aamodt became the first male alpine skier to win four gold medals in the Olympics. (Toni Sailer and Jean-Claude Killy both swept the three alpine events at a single Olympics.)
Aamodt had 19 Olympic and world championship medals stolen from him. The medals were taken in August 2003 by burglars who broke into a safe in his father's home. The five-time world champion and winner of four Olympic gold medals later revealed they were recovered by an anonymous helper over the internet.
Aamodt announced the conclusion of his career on live television on 6 January 2007, with hundreds of fellow athletes in attendance, at the Norwegian Sports Gala (Idrettsgallaen) where he had been selected as awardee of the year for 2006.
Aamodt now runs a ski race camp in Gaustablikk, Norway, and does public speaking.
World Cup results
|2004||32||broken ankle in October 2003, out for season|
1 overall, 1 super-G, 1 giant slalom, 1 slalom
^official season title in the combined discipline
was not awarded until the 2007 season
- 21 wins (1 downhill, 5 super-G, 6 giant slalom, 1 slalom, 8 combined)
- 64 podiums, 231 top tens
|1992||15 Mar 1992||Aspen, USA||Super-G|
|1993||28 Nov 1992||Sestriere, Italy||Giant slalom|
|7 Mar 1993||Aspen, USA||Super-G|
|21 Mar 1993||Kvitfjell, Norway||Super-G|
|23 Mar 1993||Oppdal, Norway||Giant slalom|
|26 Mar 1993||Åre, Sweden||Super-G|
|27 Mar 1993||Giant slalom|
|1994||11 Jan 1994||Hinterstoder, Austria||Giant slalom|
|29 Jan 1994||Chamonix, France||Downhill|
|30 Jan 1994||Combined|
|19 Mar 1994||Vail, USA||Giant slalom|
|1996||7 Mar 1996||Kvitfjell, Norway||Super-G|
|1997||14 Jan 1997||Adelboden, Switzerland||Giant slalom|
|1998||25 Jan 1998||Kitzbühel, Austria||Combined|
|1999||24 Jan 1999||Kitzbühel, Austria||Combined|
|2000||9 Jan 2000||Chamonix, France||Combined|
|16 Jan 2000||Wengen, Switzerland||Slalom|
|23 Jan 2000||Kitzbühel, Austria||Combined|
|2002||13 Jan 2002||Wengen, Switzerland||Combined|
|20 Jan 2002||Kitzbühel, Austria||Combined|
|2003||19 Jan 2003||Wengen, Switzerland||Combined|
World Championships results
- Aamodts stjålne medaljer returnert| Nettavisen.no
- "Aamodt la opp på direkten – Alpint – NRK Sport". www.nrksport.no. Retrieved 29 October 2008.
- Kjetil André Aamodts Rennskole
- "Norway’s dynamic duo Aamodt and Kjus named 2015 Legends Of Honor". FIS. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
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- Kjetil André Aamodt at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-ski.com – Kjetil André Aamodt – World Cup season standings
- Ski-db.com – results – Kjetil André Aamodt
- Sports-Reference.com – Olympic results – Kjetil André Aamodt
- Olympic.org – Kjetil André Aamodt
- Official website – (Norwegian)
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