Three months before the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, Kjetil André Aamodt was hospitalised with mononucleosis. Yet despite losing 11kg, he managed to recover in time to claim gold in the super G and bronze in the giant slalom. This made him Norway's first Olympic Alpine medallist in 40 years.
At the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, Aamodt added to his medal tally and earned silver medals in the downhill and the combined and a bronze in the super G. Eight years later at the Salt Lake City Winter Games he won two more golds, making him the first Alpine skier in Olympic history to win seven career medals.
At the 2006 Turin Winter Games, Aamodt’s hunger for medals remained as strong as ever. Fourteen years after his first Olympic title, he once again claimed the gold medal in the super G event. His career haul of eight medals extended his own record and he remains the most decorated skier in Alpine skiing.