Karina Hollekim is a Norwegian free skier and BASE jumper. She is the first female athlete to complete a ski BASE.

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Karina Hollekim (born April 25, 1976) is a Norwegian free skier and BASE jumper. She is the first female athlete to complete a ski BASE.

In August 2006 she had a near-fatal crash after her parachute failed during a routine parachuting jump. She hit the ground at over 100 km/h (60 mph), and her legs were fractured in 21 places. Although doctors said she’d never walk again, after 20 surgeries she has recovered and is now back skiing.

Her biographical movie 20 Seconds of Joy was well received and won both the Best film on Mountainsports as well as the People’s choice awards at the 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival.

In November 2011 Hollekim published her autobiography (co-authored with Odd Harald Hauge), The Wonderful Feeling of Fear(Den vidunderlige: følelsen av frykt) with Gyldendal Publishing. A gripping book about her untraditional choice of lifestyle, about chasing her dreams that leads to her near fatal accident in 2006, to the amazing recovery and comeback to the mountains.

Karina now travels the world giving inspirational speeches. She shares her story about going her own ways, be it on the top of a mountain, or exploring and pushing own limits. Her incredible journey challenges us all to have dreams and inspires us to pursue them. Her presentation is the touching story about rebuilding yourself in hard times, never giving up and finding new purpose in life. What used to be all about finding new daring stunts to perform, suddenly was all about learning to walk again. See one of her talks at TedX Bucharest.

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