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Kari Traa

Full name: Kari Traa
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: January 28, 1974 in Voss, Hordaland, Norway
Affiliations: Voss Freestyleklubb, Voss (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Freestyle Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Kari Traa is definitively one of the biggest all-time stars in the moguls event in freestyle skiing. During her 17-year career from 1990 to 2007 she won 37 World Cup competitions, four World Championship gold medals and one Olympic gold medal from Salt Lake City in 2002. In addition she won one silver and one bronze Olympic medal and three silver medals from the World Championships, adding nine national titles in the period 1995-2006.

Kari Traa made her first international appearance in 1990, aged 16, at the World Cup in La Clusaz, France and placed 20th. In 1991 she was a bronze medalist in the Junior World Championships. At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville she did not qualify for the final, and three weeks before the 1994 Lillehammer games injured her knee and she was not able to participate, to her great disappointment. Her first World Cup victory came in January 1997 when she won two competitions in North America. After her bronze medal at Nagano in 1998 she won silver medals in both moguls and dual moguls at the 1999 World Championships, and in 2001 won her first international championships by winning both events at the World Championships in Whistler, Canada. Two years later she did the same in Deer Valley, USA, while in the year between she won her Olympic gold in Salt Lake City. She decided to continue her career until the 2006 Torino Olympics, where she won silver, after doing the same at the 2005 World Championships in Ruka, Finland. Her autobiography Kari was published in the autumn of 2006, and she did not compete in the World Cup in the 2006-07 season. She was, however, persuaded to compete at the 2007 World Championships in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, where she finished her skiing career with an 11th place.

Kari Traa started a clothing company, Kari Traa Ltd., in 2002, selling sports clothes, and did well. After her retirement from competition she started a project to recruit young talents to freestyle skiing, and she is also engaged in the festival Ekstremsportveko (Extreme Sports Week) in her hometown Voss. She is very popular in the media, frequently appearing in TV and news magazines.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Norway NOR 14
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Norway NOR 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Norway NOR 1 Gold
2006 Winter 32 Torino Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Norway NOR 2 Silver

Women's Moguls

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS TP AP TP T J1TS J2TS J3TS J4TS J5TS J6AS J7AS J6(A1)S J7(A1)S J6(A2)S J7(A2)S J1C J2C J1DD J2DD
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Freestyle Skiing Norway Qualifying Round 14 17.30 9.20 3.85 4.25 45.25 2.8 3.3 2.8 3.3 3.1 3.9 3.8
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Freestyle Skiing Norway Final Round 3 24.09 13.0 5.02 6.07 32.69 4.2 4.6 4.3 4.5 4.2 4.80 5.25
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Freestyle Skiing Norway Qualifying Round 8 Q 22.51 12.7 4.71 5.10 35.19 4.2 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.71 4.71
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Norway Final Round 1 25.94 14.0 5.58 6.36 34.48 4.6 4.6 4.8 4.7 4.7 5.65 5.52
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Norway Qualifying Round 1 Q 25.11 13.2 6.02 5.89 36.67 4.5 4.2 4.5 4.3 4.4 6.23 5.81
2006 Winter 32 Torino Freestyle Skiing Norway Final Round 2 25.65 13.4 6.18 6.07 27.33 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.6 4.5 1.9 1.9 2.2 2.2 7op bPp 1.390 1.650
2006 Winter 32 Torino Freestyle Skiing Norway Qualifying Round 7 Q 24.06 13.4 4.95 5.71 28.64 4.4 4.5 4.1 4.5 4.5 1.7 1.7 2.0 2.0 TTS bPp 1.390 1.280
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