Silje Norendal is the Norwegian snowboarder who was the overall winner of the women slopestyle events in January 2019 at the International Ski Federation (SIF)’s Snowboard Worldcup in Laax Switzerland. Silje pulled off the victory ahead of the Swiss pair of Celia Petrig and Sina Candrian. She was also a gold medal favorite in the women slopestyle during the 2014 Winter Olympics but she took ill in the middle of the tournament and ended up placing eleventh. The beautiful blonde athlete who is also a two-time overall winner of women slopestyle in Winter X Games also competes in halfpipe and boardercross styles in the game.
With such a phenomenal increase in her career feats, Silje is certainly someone to watch out for as long as the world of snowboarding is concerned. In this article, we are focusing on her bio, age, family and all the facts you will need to know about her.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
A Norwegian white, Silje Norendal was born on September 1, 1993, in Kongsberg Skisenter, a municipality of Buskerud County in Norway. We are yet to have access to details regarding Silje’s family background, including her parents’ names and professions as well as her siblings’. Also not available to us are details of her educational background.
However, the athlete is mostly known by her professional life so far. It may surprise you to know that her career as a snowboarder dates back to when she was only 4 years of age as per Snowboarders Profile Official Website. But, although she started out in the game at that age, it was at the age of 6 that she was involved in a competition for the first time. With such an early start, one understands how it was possible for the athlete to go professional at only 14 years.
A brief chronicle of Silje Norendal’s rise easily reveals what a tough soul that lurks within the lass. Starting out on professional grounds in 2007, she was the 189th overall female snowboarder. The following year, she moved all the way up to place 78th overall. In 2009, she still jumped further up to place 40th. She was 13th and 8th in 2010 and 2011 respectively but slid far down to 54th in 2012.
While we have not found any explanation for the abysmal retrogression she recorded in 2012, she happily bounced back by the following year, placing 12th overall in 2013 and 3rd in slopestyle. By that time, she had started to specialize in the slopestyle events. The following year, she slid down three rungs on the overall table, placing 15th, while she moved up a rung in slopestyle, coming 2nd.
As for her specific wins, she was the gold medalist at the 2013 European edition of Winter X Games that held in Tignes, France. The following year again, she was the Winter X Game Winner in Aspen, Colorado, USA. The first time Silje Norendal competed at the Olympics was at Sochi, Russia in 2014. As already said, despite being one of the gold medal hopefuls out there in Sochi, her performance was marred by illness and so, she came 11th at the end of the day. In 2015, she was the Winner of Winter X Game in Aspen, Colorado for the second time in a row.
Many of Silje Norendal’s increasing number of fans are asking about her family background. However, as we have noted already, we do not have her family details yet except that her family resides in her home country, Norway. But we are going to furnish you with further details as we get them.
However, we know that Norendal may soon be starting her own family as she got engaged to the Norwegian ice hockey player Alexander Bonsaken in July 2018. Alexander who currently plays with a Finnish ice hockey team named Kookoo was born in Oslo Norway on January 24, 1987.
- Silje Norendal belongs to a foremost Norwegian sports club named Kongsberg Idrettforening.
- The way to pronounce her first name ‘Silje’ is ‘SEE-LEE’.
- She stands at a height of 5 feet, 6 inches (167cm or 1.67m) while her weight is listed as 119lbs or 54kg.
- The name of her coach is Sondre Hylland.
- She is currently sponsored by ROCKST*R Energy Drink based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
- She is also a good handball player.