Lars Bystøl

Lars Kristian Bystøl (born 4 December 1978) is a Norwegian former ski jumper who competed from 2002 to 2008. His career highlights include an individual gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, one individual World Cup victory, a gold medal in the Ski Flying World Championships, and two World Championship bronze medals in team competitions.

Lars Bystøl
Lars Bystøl.jpg
Bystøl in Oslo, 2008
Country Norway
Full nameLars Kristian Bystøl
Born (1978-12-04) 4 December 1978 (age 42)
Voss, Norway
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Personal best216.5 m (710 ft)
Planica, 20 March 2005
World Cup career
Individual wins1
Indiv. podiums4
Team podiums2
Indiv. starts102
Team starts4
Updated on 10 February 2016.


Bystøl won his first and only World Cup event on 4 January 2006, by winning the third event of the 2005–06 Four Hills Tournament in Innsbruck. Eleven days later, Bystøl won a gold medal in the team event at the 2006 Ski Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf.

He continued the World Cup season by placing between 10th and 20th in the next three individual events, before going to the 2006 Winter Olympics. He retained his top 15 position in the World Cup standings, which enabled him to qualify for the normal hill of the Olympics despite being disqualified in the qualifying run.[1] Once there, he finished sixth in the first jump, but held on with a 103.5 metre second jump to win Olympic gold.

Bystøl finished 13th overall in the 2005/06 World Cup standings.

World CupEdit


Season Overall 4H NT
2001/02 65 46
2002/03 26 22 54
2003/04 21 10 22
2004/05 10 18 4
2005/06 13 16 13
2006/07 76 58 63
2007/08 37 18


No. Season Date Location Hill Size
1 2005/06 4 January 2006     Innsbruck Bergiselschanze HS130 LH

Substance abuseEdit

In 2000, he was sent home from a Continental Cup competition in Innsbruck after a party on New Year's Eve. Later that year he was caught DUI with a 2.38‰ blood alcohol content.[2] He was sentenced to 24 days in prison.[3] In 2003, after some heavy drinking, he fell into the ocean during a fight. Bystøl's alcoholism became so bad that it caused him to be kicked off the national ski jumping team in 2004, though he later managed to reclaim his spot on the team.

In early 2009, he admitted to having tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, a derivative of cannabis. The sample was delivered in November 2008 in a Norwegian Cup race in Vikersund.[4]


  1. ^ "NH Individual Competition – Qualifying" (PDF). FIS Ski. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2006.
  2. ^ Thoresen, Arne. "Jeg har sviktet". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 11 May 2003.
  3. ^ Enger, Thomas. "Stjernene det lukter svidd av". Nettavisen (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  4. ^ Bye, Are (16 January 2009). "Bystøl narkotatt". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009.