The first thing you should know about Grete is that her name is pronounced “Gre-tuh”. She spent the first part of her childhood in Minnesota, then relocated across the pond to Lillehammer, Norway, when she was 13, so that she could pursue a career in racing. She reached the Norwegian Europa Cup team and place 3rd at Junior Olympics when she was 15, and her race stock was quickly rising.
Grete started competing on the main stage in 2004, competing in park and pipe contests in Europe and the U.S. She won back-to-back U.S. Open Slopestyles in 2004 and 2005 then took gold at the first ever Winter X Games women’s halfpipe. Since 2006, Grete has claimed four X Games medals, two US Open wins, a Whistler Blackcomb Ullr crown (she donated the $25,000 to Stand Strong Again), numerous other podium finishes and one bonafide Guinness World Record hip air.
Grete is no doubt at the top of the women’s skiing game. She could easily ride it out and keep doing what she’s doing, but she’s driven to constantly mix things up. Her pure love for skiing led her into the backcountry and that in turn led Grete to make her own two-year film project, Say My Name, a women’s ski movie released in 2009.
Grete is also a world traveler, film producer, enthusiastic student at the University of Utah, consummate businesswoman and burgeoning politico.