GRETE ELIASSEN | STORY OF A PRO SKIER

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She might look delicate, but f** hell, she’s a daredevil.

Grete has spent her life between the U.S.A. and Norway, riding some of the most insane mountains. Now, for her, that’s pretty much like walking is for us.

We interviewed Grete about her very own “backstage”: her life as pro-skier. Most of us have never met anyone with a job like this, and it’s absolutely fascinating:

I didn’t know I was going to become a pro skier, but I would say it was my biggest aspiration when I was younger. I knew I had a unique ability and I could ski all day without getting bored or tired.

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I started skiing when I was 2 or 3 years old and I joined a ski racing program when I was 10.
The reason I started to race was because I wanted to become a better skier and prove that I was better than the other kids. When I quit ski racing at age 16, skiing wasn’t about proving I was the best anymore, I just wanted to do the type of skiing I wanted to do. Whether it was sliding rails in the park, going big off jumps or skiing in the trees, I just liked being able to decide where I was going to ski.


“Half my family lives in Norway, so my whole life I have been traveling/living between two countries. It has not always been easy, but the experiences I have had growing up between the two definitely out way the hard times.”

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When I won the US Open in 2004 for the first time in my career. It solidified me a spot as a pro freeskier. Then I was able to continue to compete in international competitions, start filming for ski movies and get featured in ski magazines.”

I still remember going into the X Games for the inaugural women’s ski halfpipe (first ever medal women’s freeski event) and just hoping I would get a medal. I had a blast that day skiing in the perfect half pipe and when the contest was over, I did not even realize I won. I just remember being so happy skiing, then I looked up and saw my name next to the Gold Medal and everyone congratulating me. So that’s how it was for me winning my first ever X Games medal.

I’m most thankful for my family and friends. I have always had an incredible support system and I am so thankful for them all.”

Craziest and dumbest experience I have ever had as a skier was back when I was 17 years old hitting my first road gap. What made this gap crazy was, to get speed for we had a snowmobile tow us in. Therefore, I was putting all my trust into the driver of the snowmobiler to give me enough speed to clear the guard rail and not die. I don’t even think I got the name of the driver. Luckily, I made it over, but I only did it once. When I was younger, I really thought I was invincible on skis.

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The most amazing place I’ve ever skied at is Salt Lake City, UT. There is a reason I have not left yet.”

The accomplishment I’m the proudest of is my hip record of jumping 31 feet. I always wanted to see how high I could really jump when I was kid and accomplishing that was pretty cool.

Could you live in a city?
No, never!

I could have a 9-5 job if it was something worth while, like being a teacher or if I was bringing good to the world. But sitting at a desk from 9-5 for anyone is tough.


I still have never been or skied in Alaska. I would like to be able to make a trip up there one day and see what it’s all about.

 

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Favorite city? NYC Dish? Pasta Band & song? TLC “Creep” Movie? Inside Out Tv series? Game of Thrones Dogs or cats? Dogs Beach or mountain? Mountain City or countryside? Countryside

My advice for young skiers is just go for it, if it’s something you really want, you can always find a way.

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