Kjetil Jansrud of Norway is an all-around skier who has proven to have podium potential in any discipline. Coached by his father through his teens, Jansrud made his World Cup debut as a 17-year-old and has reached 12 podiums with one victory since. In 2010, he scored a highly-unlikely breakthrough at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, where he won silver in giant slalom. Injuries have killed his medal chances in every other major championship since 2005.
- 2011: World Championships – 5th (giant slalom), 10th (super-combined)
- 2010: Olympics – Silver (giant slalom), 9th (super-combined), 12th (super-G), 17th (slalom), 31st (downhill)
- 2009: World Championships – 9th (super-combined)
Things to know:
1. Jansrud says he wasn’t a skier from birth like many of his peers and claims the things he had most aptitude for as a child were, “running around the house with kitchen knives I happened to find,” and, “throwing rocks into the ocean.” He did get his first pair of cross-country skis at the age of 3 when his family moved to Vinstra, about an hour north of the 1994 Olympic host city of Lillehammer. Four years later, his aunt and uncle gave him his first pair of Alpine skis, a gift which changed his life.
2. In 1992, Jansrud’s father and Amund Rudi started the Peer Gynt Alpine ski club and he began to train there. When he turned 15, Jansrud opted not to attend a ski academy and instead was provided everything he needed to train and compete during the winter by the Norwegian ski federation while his father handled all of his summer training. He worked his way through the European Cup ranks before making his World Cup debut in 2003 at the age of 17.
3. Aside from his silver-medal winning turn in Vancouver, Jansrud has had pretty rotten luck at the major championships throughout his career. At the 2013 World Championships, he crashed during the super-G, tearing the ACL in his left knee. At the 2011 Worlds, he did not finish the super-G or first run of slalom. The 2009 Worlds saw Jansrud ski out in super-G, giant slalom and slalom. At the 2006 Torino Olympics, he broke his thumb during the first run of giant slalom and missed the rest of the season. Jansrud was also a DNF in the first run of slalom at the 2005 World Championships.