Norwegian skier, born in Oslo on January 14, 1971, Olympic and world champion, has been one of the most successful of the 1990s Alpine skiers and the highlights of your country, together with Kjetil-Andre Aamodt, from the time of Stein Eriksen.
Kjus learned to ski on the snowy slopes close to the Norwegian capital, where moved along with his family on weekends. Soon it is revealed as a skier completely, although it was in the faster test, the descent, in which truly stood out. With eighteen years began his professional career; in 1990 became known to achieve a gold medal in the giant slalom and two silver in downhill and combined, at the Youth World Championships. Already by then it had become friend of Aamodt, his companion's room and training in the national team of Norway, but also one of its most ferocious rivals. both shone in the Morioka World Championships in 1993, where Kjus won his first World Gold Medal in the combined race. At the beginning of 1994 was awarded his first victory in a race of the World Cup in Kitzbühel, also in the combined, and that same season took the Olympic title this specialty at the Lillehammer games, before the delirium of their audience.
He returned to win a test of the World Cup in 1995, but it was in 1995-1996 when its real explosion occurred: it won four races and climbed the podium on five others, a great regularity that at the end of the season gave the victory in the overall standings of the World Cup, although even of having been injured for two weeks. Become one of the undisputed figures of the circuit, Kjus could not however prevent a certain fame of "second son" as consequence of his performances at the Sestriere World Championships of 1997, which collected three silver medals in downhill, slalom, giant and supergiant, and at the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, where the Frenchman Jean Luc Crétier snatched the title of decline by only forty hundredths and Austrian Mario Reiter the combined by fifty-nine.
In 1998-1999, he completed his best season. Won for the second time overall in the World Cup, just ahead of Aamodt, and classification of the descent. In the World Championships of the same year, played on the North American station of Vail, it added a total of five medals, two gold, giant and supergiant, the latter tied with Herman Maier, and three silver, downhill, slalom and combined. This extraordinary feat seemed to indicate that in 2000 would be the rival to beat, but health problems forced him to remain inactive most of the season.