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Up Close & Personal
name: Lise Aune
education: BA Business Adminstration
family & marital staus: Cohabitate with Norgies member Pal Kolbenstvedt.
number of jumps: 6,500
years in Sport: 36
teams: "Familien" (4-way) 1988-1991, Nowegian national 8-way team 1994-1996, "DeLand Norgies" (Norwegian national 4-way team) 1997-2003
slot(s): Outside Center
favorite competition: World Cup 1998 (first international medal)
funniest moment in skydiving: Torstein having a wrong grip in an 8-way formation. Everybody sees the wrong grip and waits for him to change it. But Torstein tries for 15 seconds with his whole body and all efforts available to key for the next move.
skydiving mentor(s): Coaches Irv Callahan, Solly Williams
hobbies: Horseback riding, tennis, climbing.
favorite book(s): "The Perfume", Patrick Suesskind; "A Prayer for Owen Meany", John Irving
favorite music: Offspring, Nick Cave, P.J. Harvey, Midnight Oil, Classic, Blues
favorite movie(s): "A Fish called Wanda"
favorite place: Wherever I am right now.
Where will you be ten years from now? Travelling and see many other places.
best kept secret: It's not the boys who...
"Be to others how you would like them be to you."
As a member of the Norwegian national team, DeLand Norgies, she was with the team when they captured the bronze medal at the 1998 World Cup in Portugal and the 1999 World Meet in Australia. Lise and her team's success is a model of true dedication to competitive Formation Skydiving.
Lise said skydiving had been a dream of hers. Her inspiration came from a friend of her brother and it was the emotional way he talked about his love of the sport that motivated her.
At age 17 Lise made her first jump as a static line student at RW Club Nimbus in Moss, Norway. The club was founded in the early 70s by Eilif Ness, an early RW devotee. Later on, Ness turned out to be the President of the International Parachute Commission before B.J. Worth took the position.
When she graduated high school in 1986, she started working. She also signed up for night classes at a business school. Although flying planes had been a career goal, she decided to stop flying and set skydiving as a priority.
In 1988, Lise bought a home with her boyfriend, a professional rigger and skydiver. She worked as a skydiving instructor in the summer and a para-gliding instructor in the winter.
When the Norwegian project began in 1989, she knew she wanted to participate some day. However, she continued with Familien and her boyfriend as a team member until 1991. He was not absorbed in the sport as she was. Lise eventually broke up the relationship and went to Germany in 1992 to pursue a business opportunity.
With 1,000 training jumps before the 2000 World Cup, DeLand Norgies and DeLand PD Blue were involved in one of the most exciting competitions of the event. Both teams tied for third place and had a jump-off.
PD Blue pushed ahead and the Norgies had to settle on fourth place. Since the World Cup, the Norgies have been on a strict training schedule. At the first meet of the Florida Skydiving League on January 28, the Norgies walked away with a 22.2 average.
The Norgies have less than five months left to prepare their first serious challenge towards a gold medal. Defending world Champion France Perris-Maubeuge and Airspeed Vertical know very well that the Norgies are not happy with bronze medals anymore.
Although the excitement in the Norwegian headquarters in DeLand has been on high levels, Lise remains the calm heart and soul of the Norwegian team family. Her positive and happy attitude and confidence, and her consistently smiling face seem to be contageous. The whole team always leaves the impression that this is all just a fun game. Well, it should be...
It seems like many Formation Skydiving competitors stay in the sport for a very long time, which makes it even more necessary to follow up on the profile stories. Lise Aune Nansen's NSL Profile was published in April 2001, when she was 34 years of age and had 17 years in the sport. The update adds another 15 years to the time in the sport, which makes it 32 years. That's a long time, and Lise Aune Nansen is not an exception.
Her name was still Lise Aune 14 years ago, and before she met and married Nikolai Nansen, a descendant of Fridtjof Nansen, who was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Nikolai Nansen is a skydiver and 4-way competitor, too.
The original profile story finished short of the second trip of the DeLand Norgies to a World Championship of Formation Skydiving. The DeLand Norgies, with Outside Center Lise Aune, had won the bronze medals in 1999 and were ready to go for more at the World Air Games 2001 in Spain.
The same lineup made a new 2-year plan and challenged the U.S.A. and France once again in 2003, while the British XL team tried to catch the DeLand Norgies. France on home turf and the Golden Knights were too strong, and the Norgies won the bronze medals for the third time by one single point over XL.
DeLand Norgies and XL both retired the competitive part of their team projects after the Mondial 2003, even though they never completely disbanded. The members of both teams are still actively involved in 4-way competition, and the Norgies still celebrate their annual reunion at the national championships after a 3-year break between 2004 and 2006.
In fact, the DeLand Norgies keep winning the national 4-way title year after year, and Lise Nansen still has the original lineup by her side. They are once again the reigning Norwegian 4-way champions after an 18.9 outdoor average last year. The team members have also become her best friends, and the reunions are only a part of the social events of the DeLand Norgies.
Her daughter Kari just turned 12 years old. She was born in February 2004, which means that she was actually a bronze medal winner at the World Meet 2003, as well...