Berntsen retires from professional skiing

Berntsen retires from professional skiing

Hedda Berntsen, a very unique, awesome and all around skier from Norway announces her retirement from professional skiing following the 2014 season:

“I have decided to retire from professional ski racing, and would like to thank my mom.The only person I know who loves skiing more than me is my mom. I couldn’t have been luckier with my mom – considering what I ended up doing. I still remember one February night in 1984, when I was 7 years old, and I realized my mom was the coolest ski mom out there. We ski jumped a few nights a week in the local ski jumping hill Furukollen. My sister and I were the only girls who jumped. And my mom was the only mother there. My brother wanted my mom to jump, so she had brought her slalom skis, and she jumped the K-20 hill. I could tell that the fathers and their boys were impressed – and I, I was so proud and so happy I had the coolest mom ever. I had no idea what the other moms did – but mine, she could jump. And she even has her own theory! When my mother was a student at Skidmore College, New York (USA) she did her own research project to find out more about what’s the best way to teach beginners how to ski. The concept of “at homeness” was her theory. The basic idea was: “to develop a good skiing technique – the best way is to feel at home on skis, by skiing in all sorts of terrain on all kinds of conditions. Skiing forward and backward, playing with skis on, jumping, side slipping on skis, skiing straight down the hill and making turns. ”Every day after school in the wintertime, we skied. All afternoon, every day, on different skis, in home made tracks that went through the forest, or we jumped. Her concept was “at homeness”, and the method was play. I am so thankful that my mother never instructed or told us what to do, but rather just was out there with us, helped us with our equipment, helped us up when we fell or jumped out of the boots and skis, made nice tracks for easy side hills when we were small, let us explore, and learn through inquiry learning. I do believe that my mom tested out her theory of “at homeness” on us. Her theory seems to work out fine when two out of her three children became world champion skiers. And we still love skiing. My sister currently lives in Hemsedal (Norway). Thanks to you my ski mom for giving me the opportunity to develop skills on skis.”

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