February 18, 2006
For a time, Kjetil Andre Aamodt laid claim to being both the youngest and oldest alpine skiing Olympic gold medallist in the history of the sport, a testament to the longevity of his illustrious career.
The first gold – in the super-G – was picked up as a 20-year-old old at Albertville 1992, although he has since been upstaged in the youngster stakes by fellow a Norwegian.
Henrik Kristoffersen was a good year younger when he achieved the feat over the slalom course at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. Yet, Aamodt still lays claim to being the oldest Olympic male alpine ski gold medallist for what was his Games swansong on February 18, 2006.
The defending champion in the super-G having won gold in Salt Lake City, he produced a stunning run in Turin to beat Hermann Maier by 0.13 seconds.
After the fourth gold – a record, as are his total of eight alpine Olympic medals – he said: “I’m the youngest and the oldest Olympic champion on the men’s side in alpine skiing now so it’s an amazing feeling.”
That run had been in doubt after a knee injury in the downhill, which forced him to pull out of the subsequent combined event.
“I’m the youngest and the oldest Olympic champion on the men’s side in alpine skiing now so it’s an amazing feeling.”
Aamodt added: “It was a great thing to defend my title with the Herminator [Maier] in second place, the greatest super-G skier of all time. I can’t believe it’s come true.
“I’ve always been a sportsman, fighting and trying hard and I’ve been fortunate in the big events to be on the podium that many times.”
He later joked he would still be battling it out at the Olympics with Maier until 2014, but duly retired at the end of the following season in 2007, with Maier following suit two years later.
In his retirement from competitive skiing, Aamodt now runs a ski racing camp in his native Norway and is also a motivational speaker both at home and abroad.