Lasse Kjus is a retired Norwegian alpine ski racer who has won the overall World Cup twice, an Olympic gold medal, and several World Championships. His combined career total of 16 Olympic and World Championship medals ranks second all-time behind fellow Norwegian Kjetil André Aamodt, third is Austrian Benjamin Raich with 14 medals.
Reflecting on his performance that day and the entire fortnight in Colorado, Lasse Kjus said "I always try my best, but I could never have dreamed ... maybe I could have skied faster in the second run, but I didn´t want to be too aggressive. I knew I could get a podium, and that´s all I wanted." He missed winning all five gold medals by a combined total of slightly more than half a second (0.58 seconds). Most impressively, he performed the feat while suffering from a chest infection which had dogged him all winter and often left him coughing and wheezing at the bottom of courses.
Those who have seen the live-broadcasting of his slalom at the Lauberhorn race in Wengen, Switzerland, will never forget how he got out of the starting gate, got caught with the tip of his right ski, went backwards through the first gate and finished third in the end.