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Aamodt!

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Where do you thing this guy stands in the ranks of the all time skiing greats? He sure seems to know how to peak for the Olympics. He looked really smooth compared to all the younger guys in the Super G.
Some recent coverage:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...021800318.html
post #2 of 21
Not much you can say other that I'd like to see him around for a few more years.
post #3 of 21
Kjus is AWESOME too, but has suffered from chronic bronchitis his entire career, so his results are a bit spottier.
post #4 of 21
Great performance.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Lostboy
Great performance.
i agree
post #6 of 21
The guy is amazing !! What a joy to watch a Peak Performer who represents the Best this sport has to offer .. His Attitude, desire and maturity are a real role model for others to emulate

kUDOS kJETIL -yOU are the man !!! :THUMBS UP:
post #7 of 21
kjetil kicks ass. a true ski god.
post #8 of 21
Here's what's truly amazing. Has anyone else, summer or winter, won golds in the same event 14 years apart?
post #9 of 21
Aamodt is a professional- something the US Team can learn from. More focus on skiing instead of beaing allowed to wear tiger ears and a tiara.
post #10 of 21
At the moment Aamodt is the youngest and the oldest man to win alpine gold. As far as I know, nobody has won gold 14 years apart. As far as I know, the one who comes close is American Al Oerter who won the discus in four consecutive olympics or 12 years apart. However, I would not be surprised if there is a more obscure sport where age may not be such a factor that can break this record. Good trivia question.

vail99, I agree with your comments.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by Norefjell

vail99, I agree with your comments.
as do i, but let's examine (in a new thread) where, exactly, the shadow falls in terms of the US' less-than-stellar alpine results.....
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by vail99
Aamodt is a professional.
some time back he filmed a series of training videos.

I want to know what his current training program looks like, and to see how it compares to 10 years ago.
post #13 of 21

aamodt interview

http://www.worldskinews.com/1021-Ski...12,r_14561.htm

found object:

"...considered the best athlete on the Norwegian team, he was an active gymnast at a Norwegian ski school, and has also had ballet training along with his teammates..."Aamodt is the best athlete I have ever seen," says Norwegian speed skater Ådne Søndrål, who won the bronze medal in the 1,500m in Albertville. "If he had time with a pair of skates, he'd be a great speed skater"...top Norwegian athletes had a "Superstars"-type competition in the summer of 1992, and Aamodt emerged as the victor in the 12-Events competition."
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
ryan, thanks for sharing that interview. sometimes nice guys do finish first!
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by vail99
Aamodt is a professional- something the US Team can learn from.
I had the pleasure of skiing with him back in the summer of 93 at a race camp on Mt. Hood. The guy was super nice and although being mobbed by young racers for autographes he was mellow and accomodating the entire time. Oh yea, he also ripped!
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Norefjell
At the moment Aamodt is the youngest and the oldest man to win alpine gold. As far as I know, nobody has won gold 14 years apart. As far as I know, the one who comes close is American Al Oerter who won the discus in four consecutive olympics or 12 years apart. However, I would not be surprised if there is a more obscure sport where age may not be such a factor that can break this record. Good trivia question.

vail99, I agree with your comments.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olym...rts/938452.stm
Steve Redgrave won 5 golds in rowing between 1984 and 2000, and is well-respected in the UK for this tough feat. As an endurance sport, rowing is perhaps slightly better suited to longevity than the explosiveness of alpine skiing.

But let me add my unbounded admiration for Aamodt and his powerful demolition of the youngsters in the Super G. What a career!
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by Norefjell
At the moment Aamodt is the youngest and the oldest man to win alpine gold. As far as I know, nobody has won gold 14 years apart. As far as I know, the one who comes close is American Al Oerter who won the discus in four consecutive olympics or 12 years apart. However, I would not be surprised if there is a more obscure sport where age may not be such a factor that can break this record. Good trivia question.

vail99, I agree with your comments.
Actually, Sonja Henie won her first gold at 12 years old, and she won her 11th gold medal at the age of 56.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Docjoque
Actually, Sonja Henie won her first gold at 12 years old, and she won her 11th gold medal at the age of 56.

Not true. She finished eighth in 1924 when she was 12. She won the Olympic gold in 1928, '32, and '36, when she turned pro and became a movie star. She did win the Worlds 10 times in a row, from '26 or'27 to '36.
post #19 of 21
Martin:

Good find, and a very impressive athlete. Now that you have reminded me, I actually recall thinking how impressive that was when I watched that back in 2000.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by evansilver
Not true. She finished eighth in 1924 when she was 12. She won the Olympic gold in 1928, '32, and '36, when she turned pro and became a movie star. She did win the Worlds 10 times in a row, from '26 or'27 to '36.
Jeez, I was kidding. I thought that was abundantly apparent. I guess I should have said she won her 13th Olympic golf when she was 64.
post #21 of 21
You can never tell with these Norwegians.
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