Olympic Champion Kjetil Andre Aamodt Honoured in Norway

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    Kjetil Andre Aamodt received one of Norway’s top sports awards for his surprising gold medal in the super-giant slalom at the Turin Olympics.

    [Chron.com]

    The Aftenposten newspaper gives the award annually.

    For the record, Aamodt already has eight Olympic medals and twelve medals from the World Championships he had competed in. He’s the only Alpine skier to have amassed those number of Olympic medals. His combined career tally of medals is an all time best.

    According to Wikipedia, Aamodt is the first Alpine skier in the history of the Winter Olympic Games to win four gold medals following a win in the Super-G race and, by far, the oldest, too. Aamodt was 35 years old when he won his gold at Torino.

    Aamodt plans to return to the World Cup circuit in January.

    Source: Chron.com | Wikipedia

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      • Trond

        Aamodt retired today, live on tv, after receiving the award as Norwegian male athlete of the year. He came with the news in a very emotional speech, and later picked up three additional awards.

        A great end to an astonishing career!

      • http://www.b5media.com/sasha-manuel/ Sasha Manuel

        Thanks for letting us know, Trond! :) Did he say why he’s retiring?

      • Trond

        Yeah, he said he lacked inspiration and that he felt he was finished as an athlete, both mentally and physically. The injury had just drained him of energy. And now he finally has time to give his wife, who’s been with him for 13 years, and their one year old daughter, the attention they deserve.

      • http://www.b5media.com/sasha-manuel/ Sasha Manuel

        Makes sense then. I had hoped to hear more from him, though. Ah, well. I guess it’s time for other skiers to step up the plate and break his record, eh?

      • Trond

        Hehe, they can all try….and most likely fail in the process ;)

        But man, this was a truly stylish end to equally stylsih career. The news came as shock, because he had really given the impression that he was still hungry for more glory. Some even saw the possibility of him participating in the 2010 olympics.

      • http://www.b5media.com/sasha-manuel/ Sasha Manuel

        You got it right. It came as a surprise to me since I was indeed under the impression that he’ll continue to compete.

        I guess it will take a bit of time before somebody does equal his achievements or even surpass them. :)

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