Born and raised in the tiny (and we mean tiny) village of Sudndalen – population 42 – in the mountains of Norway, Andreas Hatveit started skiing when he was 2. But despite skiing for most of his life, he didn’t compete in freeskiing until he was 17.
Once he made the switch at 14, he quickly developed into a powerful, technical freeskier. The benefits of having a terrain park in his Norwegian backyard helped propel him even further.
Quickly rising through the ranks, Hatveit racked up podium finishes at the US Open (‘06 and ’07), the King of Style and Nippon Freeski Open.
His banner breakout season came in 2008 with a gold-medal performance in X Games’ slope, fourth in X Games pipe, and a killer segment in Poor Boyz’ “Reasons.”
He started off the 2009 season with three podium finishes in Big Air at London Big Air, Freestyle.Ch and King of Style. He went on to instantly dominate his first year of Winter Dew Tour competition with a win and two second-place finishes. Those results earned him the Dew Cup championship and Male Athlete of the Year award. He also nabbed silver at the X Games and Freeski Rookie of the Year.
Wonder if 42 people can make a ticker-tape parade?