Your Age: 29
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Hafjell, Norway
Weapon(s) of choice: Scott Gambler DH bike, GoPro
What’s an average day for you like? My average day starts with getting my three boys ready for school and kindergarten. In the summer I usually start my days at 4.45 am to do my run in the morning before the kids wake up. After driving them, I study or I attend on lectures. I'm studying to become a teacher. When I've finished my studying, I prepare dinner before the kids come home. After dinner I'll usually do some yoga and a strength session before putting the kids to bed. When the kids are asleep, I'll either lay on the couch and switch through tv channels, or I'll be outside with my bike or dogs. During summer I'm mostly in the bike park when it's open.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? To me, the most difficult part was knowing the speed.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? I can only speak for myself, and the worst thing is to get people around you that are not into the sport to understand and accept the sport itself. Many people are very judgemental, especially because I'm a female and a mom.
The best thing is the community and how everyone accept you for who you are. It doesn't matter if you're a she or a he.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Vans, Bluegrass, Fox
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Well downhill riding can be really dangerous if it goes wrong. But compared with people's regular activities, it will depend on what that persons regular activity is. I think there's a certain risk in everything.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I saw my own. I got too high speed since I thought the jump was much bigger. Ended up "overjumping" and went over the bars, dropped my bike and crashed on my left side. Watched my bike hit the ground before I miraculously managed to crawl out of the trail and call for help. Ended up with a fractured collarbone, wrist, and a finger, punctured and collapsed lung, and I lost the feeling in my left hip. My helmet was cracked but luckily, my head was ok. Stay safe out there!
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? My guess is, the adrenaline.
Do you own any other toys? I have my old Oxygen snowboard and a pair of snowblades and a Nakamura dirt jumper.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Good music and an early morning run
What are three things you could not live without? My phone, my bike and my family and friends
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My family and friends