Professional Free-skier and B.A.S.E. jumper Karina Hollekim has jumped off some of the highest buildings and skied down some of the steepest mountains in the world, becoming the first woman to complete a ski BASE jump. She has flown off mountains in the most thrilling and spectacular scenery.
Karina was born in 1976. She got her first contract as a freeskier in 1992. She made her career travelling the world doing the two sports she loves the most; freeskiing and BASE jumping. She is still the only woman who ever completed a ski B.A.S.E. She is Norway’s only professional B.A.S.E. jumper and an exponent of B.A.S.E. jump aerials, including the misty flip.
On August 20, 2006, Karina she jumped from a plane in a routine demonstration skydive. Her parachute failed and she hit the ground at over 100 km/h, resulting in 21 open fractures in her right leg and the loss of more than three litres of blood. But, miraculously, she had survived. Karina set off on a long and arduous journey to recovery. Despite this setback, Karina has confronted this challenge with the same determination and courage with which she has faced life. She has now mostly recovered, having been told she would never walk again, and is back to free skiing professionally.
As she continues to recover, Karina inspires people as a motivational speaker. Her coaching skills come from a background in Neuro Linguistic Programming and working as a performance consultant, with her clients ranging from professional athletes to top business executives.
Her biographical film, “20 Seconds of Joy”, won the Best Film on Mountain Sports and People’s Choice awards at the 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Karina’s skill, fearlessness, struggles and successes have been recorded in several films, including “Fatima’s Hand,” “Tangerine Dream,” “Anomaly,“ “Endless Winter,” “4th Street,” “Override,” and “Live a Little Radix.”
“Like every kid’s dream, I also dreamt about being able to fly! I looked at the birds as the most untouchable creatures in the nature. How they could just let go into the air, play with the winds and then just fly away. Instead of letting this dream pass like most unreachable plans, I made this dream my life. Today I can jump off Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth with my parachute and also fly with my wing suit – just like the bird!”
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