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Lasse Kjus is a Norwegian former World Cup alpine ski racer (Downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined), ranked second of all-time, with a combined career totaling of 16 Olympic and World Championship medals. In 1999, during the World Championships in Vail, Colorado Lasse made a new golden chapter in the history of alpine skiing, being the first skier medalling in all 5 events. Kjus grew up in Siggerud, Norway, he had a great vision and talent, and quickly became an accomplished skier. In total, Kjus raced for 17 seasons on the World Cup circuit, his first race being in Alta Badia, Italy, in January 1990, finishing off with his last race in March 2006 in Åre, Sweden. He won 18 World Cup events, attained 60 podiums, and had 150 top ten finishes. Arguably one of the greatest events in slalom history took place at the Lauberhorn race in Wengen, Switzerland, on 17 January 1999, when Lasse flew backwards out of the starting gate, a spin caused by his right ski tip being stuck at the gate, this circus, followed by his knockout performance allowed him to finish third in the end, ironically his best World Cup slalom result ever. In February 2015, Lasse Kjus was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame, and was selected as recipient of the Legends of Honor by the Vail Valley Foundation.
Chris meets Lasse Kjus at Kjus’s headquarters in Oslo, Norway, talking about: how his skiing career started, his homemade rope lift, how his racing career began at the age of 7, the national team, competing in more than 300 World Cup races, 60 podiums, building and maintaining physical shape with a weekly minimum of 13 training sessions, motivator, motivation and challenges, the importance of a team, the hardest races in Kitzbühel, World Championships 1999 in Vail, Wengen 1999 ass first at the startgate, confidence, doubts, and confirmation, handling huge pressure, development, game changers, and more.
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