Kjus ready to welcome Maze to five-medal club

Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:11am EST
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By Steve Keating

VAIL, Colorado (Reuters) - Norway's Lasse Kjus stands alone as the only skier to win medals in all five events at a single alpine world championships but the Attacking Viking could soon welcome a new member to skiing's most exclusive club.

Slovenia's Tina Maze, who has already won gold medals in the downhill and combined events and a silver in Super-G, needs a podium finish in Thursday's giant slalom and Saturday's slalom to earn a place in the alpine record books.

Coincidentally, Kjus skied his way into alpine history on the same mountain when the world championships were last staged in Vail/Beaver Creek in 1999.

"I think she will make it," Kjus told Reuters as he prepared for a ski legends event on Wednesday. "It will be a little bit tough but she has the chance.

"If she is standing there going into the slalom with four medals then she will have some mental issues I tell you.

"That was a struggle I was fighting with myself. It was like having a split personality up there.

"One wants safety the other wants pull it together and fight for it."

Kjus began his world championship assault 16 years ago by tying for gold in the Super-G with Austrian Hermann Maier then capturing a silver in the downhill.   Continued...

Lasse Kjus of Norway skis down the course during the first run of the men's Alpine skiing giant slalom at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Sestriere, Italy, February 20, 2006. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay