Grete Eliassen Biography
Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Birthplace: Highland Hills, Minnesota
This Norwegian hottie has been making a name for herself in the skiing world. Find out more about Grete Eliassen!
Grete Eliassen - Norwegian UpbringingGrete picked up skiing at the age of three. Although she was born in Minnesota, Grete and her family moved to Norway when she was 13. In Norway's notorious cold and dark winters, Grete would spend hours practicing under the artificial lights on the slopes.
Grete Eliassen - Amazing AccomplishmentsAfter competing in skiing since the age of 10, Grete turned pro at 17 years old. She won back-to-back gold medals in the 2005 and 2006 X-games in the women's superpipe. She has also won three straight U.S Open slopestyle competitions. On top of her medal winnings, Grete has appeared in a number of extreme skiing films.
Grete Eliassen - Ullr GirlIn April 2007, Whistler Blackcomb named Grete their Ullr Girl. This girls only competition was based on online votes, some skiing events at Whistler and an arts and culture presentation. Grete dominated the skiing events as well as her culture performance, where she sang a song in Chinese! As a result of this award, Grete was presented with a check for $25,000. To everybody's surprise, the big hearted Minnesota native donated the entire winnings to charity. Among the charities expected to benefit from Grete's generosity are the Womens' Sports Foundation and Stand Strong Again, a fund for spinal chord injury research. For information on the Ullr Girl competition, head to www.ifullrwasagirl.com.
Grete Eliassen - Did U Know?
Grete Eliassen Says..."I think everyday I'm able to ski is humbling to me, not everyone gets to enjoy the mountains like I get to on a daily basis, I feel very fortunate."