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Kjetil André Aamodt : biography

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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 20 World Championship and Olympic medals is an all-time best. He is both the youngest and oldest male alpine skier to win a gold medal at the Olympics. For almost 6 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, 19 ahead of Marc Girardelli with 212.

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

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom GiantSlalom Super G Downhill Combined
1990 18 39 14 19
1991 19 17 20 10 8
1992 20 13 26 11 5 17
1993 21 2 5 1 1 28 3
1994 22 1 9 2 4 10 1
1995 23 5 14 4 19 13 4
1996 24 10 18 14 8 44 7
1997 25 2 6 2 12 24 1
1998 26 4 13 9 21 12 2
1999 27 2 4 4 9 5 1
2000 28 2 1 9 13 13 1
2001 29 7 7 16 10 36 3
2002 30 2 9 16 6 6 1
2003 31 3 23 14 4 7 2
2004 32 broken ankle in October 2003, out for season
2005 33 26 40 14 28
2006 34 8 5 6 5
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