The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Making a giant leap in competitive skiing world

Anyone who thinks of skiing as simply gliding down a mountainside has never seen Grete Eliassen do her thing.

From a world record 31-foot "hip jump," to her gold medals in the X Games halfpipe competition and other major honors, Eliassen, a member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, has been a fixture in the freestyle skiing world for about a decade.

Although she suffered an injury in 2012, she remains steadfast in her goal of competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics as a member of the U.S. Freeskiing Slopestyle Team.

Her love of the slopes dates back to early childhood. "Actually, I can't remember my first time on skis," Eliassen said. "I just remember always knowing how to ski. My mom and dad first put me on skis at Hyland Hills in Minnesota when I was about 2 years old. I played a lot of different sports growing up, but around 10 years old I decided I wanted to become one of the best skiers at my home mountain, and then the world would be next."

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