Silje Norendal was basically raised with a snowboard strapped to her feet. She started snowboarding when she was 4 at her home resort in Kongsberg, Norway and competed in her first contest in 1999 when she was 6. Some of her biggest inspirations were (and are) Kjersti Buaas and Jamie Anderson, and it was quickly apparent that this attractive Norwegian sensation would follow in the footsteps of her heroes.
These days, at the age of 20, Silje is one of the leading lights in women’s snowboarding. With a riding style that’s bringing together a combination of progressive tricks and smooth style, Silje managed to get on some of the biggest podiums of the snowboarding world. In the 2011 she got third at the Burton US Open and second at the European Winter X Games, and last season she won her first X Games Gold in Tignes. Watch for her to be a major contender for the podium – while competing against her heroes – in Slopestyle in Sochi.