For tre og et halvt år siden gikk Karina i bakken under hopping med wingsuit fra helikopter. Fallskjermen åpnet seg ikke som den skulle. De fleste har fått med seg at Karina har kjempet seg på beina. Til tross for legenes skepsis.
Da Karina kjørte sitski for to år siden sa hun at det ikke var noe hun skulle drive mye med. For hun skulle tilbake på to ski.
Det er vanskelig for vanlige mennesker å begripe hvilken innsats som ligger bak de fire turene i Hemsedal Skisenter 23. januar 2010.
Har du kjørt mer siden den lørdagen?
- Jeg kjørte søndagen også, da holdt det. Jeg kunne vel knapt gå et par dager etterpå. Skal på ski igjen nå til helgen, forteller Karina Hollekim til Fri Flyt.
På lenka til høyre kan du se en ny film fra Red Bull om den dagen det skjedde. I tillegg ligger et innslag fra Aftenpostens nett-TV her.
Karina har sendt ut en e-post på engelsk, og den kommer her:
For three and a half years I´ve been dreaming about this day...
I´m now standing in the bottom of the alpine skiing hill in Hemsedal, Norway, crying!
This time my tears came not from pain nor from fear of another surgery.
I´m crying because I´m happy.
I´m happy because I just made it back on the hill!
For once, I have no words, it feels unreal and beyond anything I ever dared to believe.
It´s been almost 4 years since the last time I skied. At that time I was in Alaska tracing lines in untouched terrain filming for TGR. My job was to make tracks where no girl had ever been, finding faces that would lead to mandatory hundred meter cliffs.
That was then.
Now it is just about making it down.
I guess thats what´s so fascinating about life... You never know what you get.
This day was never supposed to happen...
One doctor told me I was never going to walk again. But I did.
Another doctor told me I would never ski or do sports.
I guess he was wrong too...! :)
Throughout the last three and a half years there have been a lot of tears, a lot of sweat but also a lot of joy and laughs.
I want to take this moment to thank all of you who believed in me and supported me throughout this journey. I would never have made it alone. I would never have made it if it was´nt for your e-mails, letters, care packages, phone calls and warm thoughts, you made me feel special. THANK YOU!
I´m proud to finally come back to you and show you that this is it. I MADE IT!
Never stop dreaming. Never stop exploring what´s in your heart. And never, NEVER give up!
I wish you all a great winter. I´m looking forward to seeing you all on the hill...
I have to go, I have a lot of catching up to do...!!! :D
Big grin and a squeeze from
-the happiest girl ever-