Helen Olafsen grew up in Oppegaard, near to Oslo. She was born 1990, February 21st (by the way the same birth date like the Norwegian King) with a huge desire for exercise which she acted out in different sports.
When she was six, she started to play handball and football enjoying competitive sports especially by satisfying the desire for winning.
In 1997 Santa Claus brought Helene a special present, a snowboard. Although sportive focus from now on changed, the competitive spirit remained the same. Absolutely flashed from her first line down a field in Lovlia she decided to put all energy into snowboarding. Ever since, she strapped on the board whenever she had time to do so loving all facets of the new sport, well, in the beginning.
After participating in big air, giant slalom, halfpipe contests she got hooked by snowboard cross becoming one of the world's best riders within only a few years.
Before she participated in her first ever World Cup race, this true athlete had already put a FIS Junior World Championships Silver medal (2006) and a FIS Snowboard World Championships Bronze medal (2007) to her belt.
But Helene wouldn't be Helene if she wouldn't aim for new challenges. After being on top of her game, having placed eleven times on the podium, four times on top of it, Norway's best female boarder cross athlete and the 2009 World Champion was ready for something else.
Ever since her long break due to an knee injury in 2011, Olafsen has been living the freestyle momentum of snowboarding, aiming to also qualify for the Sochi Olympics in the youngest snowboard discipline.
However, this skillful talent hasn't forgotten where she is coming from. Ever since her comeback and until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter, Olafsen had competed in a total of two snowboard cross races placing third at the Sochi test event as well as claiming Bronze at the 2013 World Champs.