Kari Traa

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Kari Traa
Kari Traa (Jarvin).jpg
Traa in Bjerkreim 2008
Personal information
BornJanuary 28, 1974 (1974-01-28) (age 45)[1]
Voss, Norway[1]
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb)[1]

Kari Traa (born January 28, 1974) is a Norwegian former Olympic freestyle skier. She won the Olympic title in the moguls event at the 2002 Winter Olympics, finished second at the 2006 games, and finished third at the 1998 games.


She is four times World Champion, from 2001 (moguls + parallel moguls) and 2003 (moguls + parallel moguls), and has also three silver medals (both moguls and parallel moguls in 1999, and moguls in 2005).[2] She has a total of 37 World Cup victories.

Kari Traa missed the cut for the final round and finished 14th in the 1992 Winter Olympics at Albertville - the first official Olympic mogul competition. Kari did not compete when the Games came to Lillehammer, Norway in 1994. She injured her knee after wiping out on a training run just three weeks before the Olympics.[1] After the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan - Kari finally had an Olympic medal when she won bronze. In subsequent Winter Olympics she gained a gold medal (2002) and silver (2006).[3]


Traa attracted attention when she posed almost nude in a series of pictures in the sports magazine Ultrasport in 2001.[4] She started a company in 2002, selling sports clothes, and has later won awards for successfully launching her collections.[5] Her autobiography Kari was issued in 2006.[6] After finishing her active career she has been engaged in recruitment of young ski talents and participated as arranger of world cup events. She is also engaged in the festival Ekstremsportveko (Extreme Sports Week) held at her home community Voss, regarded as one of the world's largest extreme sports festivals.

Kari Traa was elected "Sexiest woman in Norway" in 2002 by the magazine MANN.[7] Her og Nå and TV 2 Nettavisen elected her as "Most sexy woman" in both 2003 and 2004.[8] In 2007, she was second on a similar list compiled by the TV-program God kveld, Norge!.[9]

She was also mentioned as a sponsor for Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy duo, in a segment in their TV show Tonight with Ylvis where they tried to become "big" in Swahiliwood.[10] She was called by the boys and asked to co-fund a movie production which Bård and Vegard were in, that had run out of money. She co-funded it with a local car-repair shop in Norway and was mentioned in the movie's dialogue.

In 2006 she received the Nynorsk User of the Year award.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Kari Traa". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  2. ^ "World Freestyle Skiing Champions"hickoksports.com (Retrieved on December 27, 2007)
  3. ^ "Kari TRAA". Olympic Games. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  4. ^ Picture series: Kari TraaUltrasport (2001) (Retrieved December 27, 2007)
  5. ^ Interview: "Endelig tid til kjæresten" (Norwegian) (Retrieved December 27, 2007)
  6. ^ Kari Traa, Sarah Sørheim, Lasse Berre, "Kari", Damm 2006. ISBN 978-82-04-11874-5
  7. ^ "Nest mest sexy" Dagbladet – Fredag 23.08.2002 (Norwegian) (Retrieved December 27, 2007)
  8. ^ "Mest sexy" – www.midtsiden.no : 20:07:04 (Norwegian) (Retrieved December 27, 2007)
  9. ^ "Norges mest sexy kvinne" (Norwegian) (Retrieved December 27, 2007)
  10. ^ "Ylvis - Swahiliwood episode 7". YouTube. TVNorge. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

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