Karina Hollekim in 2008
Karina Hollekim in 2008

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.[1] Although doctors said she would never walk again, after 20 surgeries she has recovered and was back skiing in 2007.[2]

Her biographical movie 20 Seconds of Joy won both the Best film on Mountainsports as well as the People's choice awards at the 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival.[3]

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.[4]


  1. ^ Her own words in 20 Seconds of Joy
  2. ^ Booth, Frances (29 September 2007). "Karina Hollekim: The lady who can fly". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Awards for her Biographical Movie Archived 2008-10-11 at the Wayback Machine" thenorthface.com
  4. ^ Karina Hollekim; Odd Harald Hauge (2011). Den vidungerlige: følelsen av frykt (The Wonderful Feeling of Fear) (1st ed.). Gyldendal. ISBN 9788205400771. Retrieved 21 June 2013.