Nina Solheim was born on August 4, 1979 in South
Korea. She is a well known athlete in Norway and practices Tae Kwon Do.
When Nina was seven months old, Nina and her twin sister, Mona (who also
does Tae Kwon Do), was adopted by Norwegian parents and grew up in Names.
Now, she lives in Oslo.
When Nina was nine, she started Tae Kwon Do. When she was
16, she joined the Norway National Team. She has tried to go to three
Olympics; Sidney 2000, but did not qualify; Athens 2004 where she made it to
the quarter finals but lost against Wei Lou of China when she injured her
knee and now she qualified for the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing.
Nina has won many tournaments in Tae Kwon Do, including
a bronze medal in the World Championships in Korea in 2001.
Now heading to the Olympics, Nina trains daily at the
Olympic Center in Oslo, Norway. With her training, she has been able to
travel all over the world. Some countries she’s been to are: Spain,
Croatia, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Korea, and
China. The first time she competed outside of Europe, Nina was 16 years of
photo by: Stine Østby
Nina did well on the junior level and always dreamt about
the Olympics. Tae Kwon Do became an official event at the 2000 Olympics in
Sydney. Then she really began to daydream about joining the Olympic team!
When I asked Nina what she likes best about Tae Kwon Do, she
answered: “It’s all about the adrenalin, the challenge I get into the field
and do my very best to fulfill my tasks.” She feels through all her years
of training and receiving several injuries has made her stronger, both as a
person, and as a Tae Kwon Do person. She thinks a good mental challenge is
to face a good competitor and try her very best, and win over great nations
line China, Spain & Korea. The feeling to succeed after a tough period is
great. She says she will miss the adrenalin when her career is over.
The advice she has; “I know that everyone can reach their
goal if you train hard, be motivated and have fun!
”Nina’s results at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing,
China: Silver Medal!!!
Mona (Nina's twin sister) and Nina
photo by ATP
I am very glad I found out about
Nina, and now consider her one of my friends (through our emails) and
inspirational. Now I have set a goal for myself, to compete in the 2016
Olympics (the first one that I will be both age and belt qualified) in Tae
Kwon Do! Hopefully, Nina can be there too!
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photo by: Stine Østby