December 4, 1978 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Personal best||216.5 m (Planica 2005)|
Lars Bystøl (born 4 December 1978 in Voss) is a Norwegian ski jumper who has won one Olympic gold medal, one World Cup event, two FIS Nordic World Ski Championships bronze medals in the team large hill events (2003, 2005), and a gold medal in the FIS Ski Flying World Championships. Bystøl has also had several alcohol-related episodes that have made the front pages of Norwegian newspapers.
Bystøl won his first, and so far only, World Cup event on January 4, 2006, by winning the third event of the Four Hills Tournament at Bergisel. Eleven days later, Bystøl won a gold medal in the team event at the 2006 Ski Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria.
Bystøl continued the World Cup season by placing between 10th and 20th in the next three individual events, before going to the 2006 Winter Olympics. He retained his top-15 position in the World Cup standings, which enabled him to qualify for the normal hill of the Olympics despite being disqualified in the qualifying run. Once there, he finished sixth in the first jump, but held on with a 103.5 meter second jump to win Olympic gold.
Bystøl finished 13th in the 2005–06 Overall World Cup standings.
In 2000, he was sent home from a continental cup competition in Innsbruck after a party at New Year's Eve, and later that year he was caught DUI with a 2.38‰ blood alcohol content. He was sentenced to 24 days in prison. In 2003, he fell into the ocean after he was fighting after some heavy drinking. His alcoholism was so bad that it caused Bystøl to be kicked off of the ski jumping team in 2004 though he did fight his way back to the team.
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