Kjetil André Aamodt
Kjetil André Aamodt is a former alpine ski racer, the most decorated in history. He 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.
Kjetil André Aamodt combined career total of 20 World Championship and Olympic skiing medals is an all-time best. Behind is fellow Norwegian Lasse Kjus and third is Austrian Benjamin Raich. Aamodt is both the youngest and oldest male alpine skier to win a gold medal at the Olympics. For almost 6 years he was leading the all-time Marathon World Cup ranking, when Austrian Benjamin Raich overtook him with a fifth place in the downhill at the 2012 Worldcup final in Schladming.
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.)
Kjetil André 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.