Tragic news came from the land of the fjords on Wednesday when the wife of Olympic alpine skiing champion Finn Christian Jagge, Trine-Lise Jagge, announced on her Facebook page that her husband had died. The 1992 Olympic winner was 54 when he died. He was born on June 4, 1966.
According to his wife, Jagge died of a sudden illness.
- This is indescribably painful, the wife wrote.
- We're completely broken.
Jagge grew up in an athlete family as his mother Liv (os Christiansen) was an alpine skier and played tennis and his father Finn Dag Jagge was a tough tennis player. The boy followed in his mother’s footsteps and proved to be quite a talent on the slope. His best sport was sledding.
At the adult level, she made her debut in value competitions in 1985. Jagge dropped to first place in the first World Cup in December 1991 at Madonna di Campiglio. Two months later, it was the highlight of his career. Alberto Tomba, who had ruled the sledding slopes for years, was a favorite, but Jagge toured the gates 0.28 seconds faster than the Italian and took the Olympic gold.
Jagge did not become the monopoly of the sport, but he fought for the top spots for a decade. He won his last World Cup race in his career in December 1999 at the same spot where he had become first place eight years earlier. In all, “Finken” took seven slalom race wins in its name.
Jagge ended his career in 2000 and moved on to other positions. He worked for a Norwegian telecommunications company and later as a headhunter. There was no downhill skiing either, as Jagge coached the Norwegian women’s alpine team.
In Norway, Jagge's death has attracted a great deal of attention.
- It is very strange that a man at his best age suddenly becomes ill and dies, former competitor Tom Stiansen commented to VG.