Stories

WITH A RIGHT TO LIVE.. and die.

  • November 9, 2015

I am sitting at my office desk, trying to make sense of the world. Tragedy keeps striking, and it strikes without mercy. As much as I am at loss for words, I feel this agonazing thorn inside my heart, nagging me, questioning me, demanding answers. Why do we kayak when there is so much at stake? A life is so fragile, and the loss is so devastating when yet another friend passes on.     I know why I keep kayaking. The energy and the confidence the river has given me I could never buy for a million dollars elsewhere. It is not an easy road to choose, that is for sure. She is merciless,...

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When your (almost) best is not enough

  • September 18, 2015

Today is a new day - and I should be focusing on my new goals, as yesterday concluded my biggest goal of this year - the World Championships in London. But I am feeling a little bit confused. Finishing 52nd was a huge dissapointment. Looking up at the scoring board after my second run, and seeing my time, I wasn´t really sure what to think except from "I really was that slow?" Almost kind of funny. Looking at the video I see clearly that many small misstakes were adding up, and that the gates 6-7 and 16-17-18 were really slow. I must have been so focused that I did not realise that I was taking...

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My first…

  • August 29, 2015

... semi-final in canoe slalom just happened three weeks ago. It might seem like a small accomplishment, but to tell you the truth - I was (almost) crying on the conveyor belt back up to the top of the course after the run that got me through. Let me take you on a little journey. I was 15, or maybe 16, but it doesnt matter. What mattered was this guy, Petter, who was doing his best to teach me how to do an eskimo roll. I didn´t get it. Not then, and not in the next three months. We did however start dating, and I kept trying to get the roll. I was bad at it. I was not a born kayaker. But I was stubborn. In...

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From gates to waterfalls and back

  • July 17, 2015

To be surrounded by world class paddlers on the slalom courses this spring and summer has been very liberating and a tiny bit humbling - the only way I can possibly win in slalom is to become my very best. And when I say "win" I am not talking about getting anywhere close to the top of a slalom podium - I talk about becoming as good as I can in the discipline. I headed back to Norway after five weeks of training in Spain in the spring. After a couple of weeks of  training sessions on our small course in Voss and teaching a few clinics through my company Soria Moria Adventures, I went to the ICF training...

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