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Finn Christian Jagge, 1992 Olympic slalom champion, dies at 54

Finn Christian Jagge

PARK CITY, UNITED STATES: Finn Christian Jagge of Norway passes a gate 22 November during the first run of the mens World Cup Slalom in Park City, UT. Jagge finished in third place in the event. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

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Finn Christian Jagge, the surprise 1992 Olympic slalom champion, has died at age 54, according to Norway’s Olympic Committee.

Jagge’s wife, Trine-Lise Jagge, posted on Facebook that he died of an acute illness.

Jagge, then 25, won the slalom at the Albertville Games in Savoie, France, stunning defending champion Alberto Tomba of Italy. Jagge had the fastest first run by 1.07 seconds and relegated Tomba to silver by .28 of a second after the second run. Tomba was going for his fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

Jagge’s father won a Norwegian record 42 national tennis championships. His mother competed in Alpine skiing at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, according to Olympedia.org.

Jagge won his first Norwegian national title at age 18. After knee and back injuries, he won seven World Cup slaloms in the 1990s, retiring in 2000.