On February 22, 1992 in Les Ménuires, France, the then 25-year-old Jagge put the big favorite and world star Alberto Tomba in place in the Olympic slalom.

It was the start of what in time would become a series of great Norwegian successes in the discipline.

On July 8, Finn Christian "Finken" Jagge died after an acute illness, 54 years old.

Flowers next to Finn Christian Jagge's coffin. Photo: TT Nyhestbyrå

The Attacking Vikings

Several Norwegian ski stars, younger and older, were present and said goodbye when Jagge was buried in Nordstrand's church in Oslo. Aksel Lund Svindal, Kjetil Jansrud, Lasse Kjus, Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Tom Stiansen were some.

- It was very nice to hear what it was like when he was young and really started what we call "The Attacking Vikings" and what we stand for. I want to remember him as a kind and nice person. I'm so young I had him on posters in the room and experienced the Finken Cup. That says something about him and his commitment, said Jansrud, five-time Olympic medalist and world champion in downhill racing in 2019.

Atle Skårdal, Fredrik Zimmer and Halvor Persson. Photo: TT News Agency

"Lost a legend"

Erik Røste said in his memorial speech that Jagge laid the foundation for a culture in Norwegian downhill skiing

-For 15 important years, "Finken's training culture and his good mood were part of everyday life. Finn Christian was a man of honor. He leaves a big void. Norway has lost a legend, but the legacy of him lives on.

Hans Petter Buraas followed up Jagge's triumph by winning the Olympic slalom in Nagano in 1998.

- He became a bit like a sponsor for me when I joined the team. He gave me good advice, which I have been very grateful for all along, said Buraas.