Q & A

  1. Who/what inspires you?

    People, nature, music, improvements, achievements, high fives and smiles

  2. If you weren't a pro snowboarder, what would you be?

    A pro soul surfer!

  3. What are you favorite songs?

    I’m really bad at being up to date with music lists. Still listening to the warm-up list we made for Coachella: The Black Keys, Awolnation, the head and the heart, pulp, M. Ward, Calvin Harris, Gotye, Bon Iver, Beirut, Florence and theMachine, Laura Marling and more.

  4. Do you have any other special talents?

    I like to write and cook.

  5. Favorite Movies?

    Warrior, Shawshank Redemption, Les Chouristes, Bridesmates, Shutter Island

  6. Favorite Books?

    Shantaram, The Little House Behind the Mosque, The Kite Runner, Mengele Zoo

  7. Favorite TV Shows?

    Grey's Anatomy, Entourage, New Girl, Californication, Suits

  8. What trick are you working on?

    Switch back 5, among others

  9. 5 items you can't live without?

    Mac, iPhone, Car, Hair Ties, and Ladyshaver

  10. If you could be someone famous, who would it be?

    Someone rich – Bill Gates or something, so I could make the world and even funner place.

  11. Party animal or mellow TV night on the couch?

    I’m the come-over-and-we’ll-make-some-good-food-and-have-a-glass-of-wine-that-just-might-end-up-with-two-bottles person.

  12. How do you see yourself? Are you rebellious? Quiet? Weird? Why?

    I am me, and I think some people find me weird. But if weird is the opposite of normal, I'm very ok with that.

  13. What is the greatest lesson you have ever learned?

    I haven’t met God or angels or seen the light or anything like that yet. I just try to be present, to learn and to grow.

  14. What is the greatest thing you have taught somebody else?

    That you don’t talk bad on the ones who can’t defend themselves.

  15. What are the things or stories that encapsulate the way you live your life?

    The other day I was looking at pictures of myself as a child. It hit me: I was so easy to read. I never smiled with my eyes unless I came up from a dive in the sea, climbing a tree, in the air of a trampoline, or had my face painted with blueberries. My family members are definitely partners in crime. First of all, they planted the seed; second of all, they gave me all these opportunities which I’m forever grateful for.

  16. What are the greatest hurdles you have had to overcome in life?

    To not succeed – or not being able to do what you want the most, can be quite tough. For me, this has meant being injured a lot. When you are in the storm it can be hard to see rainbows. But often all you have to do is look other places and let time do its thing. For me that was family, friends and other stuff to do and think about.

  17. Who is the most influential person in your life and why?

    I believe it’s my grandma. She taught me not to rip out the flower roots, how to cook with love (sugar, butter and cream) and all that good stuff.

  18. What are you passionate about and why?

    I’m passionate about life. Cause it has so many possibilities.

  19. What is your favorite item/style from the Oakley AFA (Apparel/Footwear/Accessories) collection?

    The "Continuity" sports bras! Crowbars with the pink iridium or the black polarized lence

  20. What are your travel essentials?

    I always travel with toe warmers.

  21. What book are you reading right now?

    “The Best American Sports Writing 2011” – some really good stories in there. There are still places only words can take us.

  22. Any last words?

    Freedom is outside the box we build ourselves. Tear down some walls!

Helene Olafsen

Date of Birth:
February 21, 1990
Oppegård, Norway – "It's a half hour outside Oslo."
Oakley, DNB, Swag, Burton
Snowboarding, surfing, climbing, volleyball, diving, biking, paddling, hiking (the list goes on forever), cooking, writing

Career Highlights

    • 2011: 1st, FIS World Cup SBX - La Molina, Spain
    • 2010: Silver Medal, X Games SBX
    • 2009: FIS SBX World Champ
    • 2009: Silver Medal, X Games SBX

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