1992 Olympic champion Finn Christian Jagge is dead at 54

The slalom gold medallist at Albertville 1992, Norway's Finn Christian Jagge, 54, has passed away. 

The Norwegian Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that 1992 Olympic champion slalom skier Finn Christian Jagge has died at the age of 54.

"(He) was a great example for many of our young and promising athletes in alpine sports," said the federation's president, Berit Kjoll. "Jagge will be sorely missed."

His wife, Trine-Lise Jagge, posted on Facebook that the cause of death was an "acute illness."

NBC Sports characterized Jagge's 1992 triumph as "stunning." The then-25-year-old stopped favourite Alberto Tomba of Italy, who was going for his fourth Olympic gold. Jagge won seven World Cup events in slalom, retiring from competitive skiing in 2000.

The Norwegian sporting community was mourning his loss on social media, including well-known TV presenter Line Andersen, who wrote: "Today I think of the family of Olympic champion Finn Christian Jagge. Finken was only 54 years old. Thoughts also go to the whole alpine family... Condolences to friends and acquaintances."

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