|Date of birth: June 8th 1975
Birth Place: Lillestroem, Norway
Weight: 135lbs (off season)
I was born and raised in Lillestroem, Norway, not far from the capitol Oslo. I have a 7 years older brother named Martin. With both kids out of the nest, my mother Jorunn and father Paal love to spend time with their dog Luna, a Flat coated Retriever.
Mari as a kid
I decided to move to USA in 2001, and my boyfriend, André Nielsen, and I now live in LA.
I started doing gymnastics when I was 5 years old, and it soon became my life and passion. I loved it! I was competing with Oslo Gymnastic Club and my coaches were Unni Holmen and Valentin Pintea. I participated in a lot of contests, and being only 13 years old I made it to the national team. In 1992 I sadly had to stop gymnastics because of injury.
Not long after I'd quit the gymnastics, I was convinced by a friend to go to a gym to give weight training a try. After three months of training I did my first power lifting contest, the Norwegian Championship for juniors. I placed 1st!
In 1999 I injured my chest muscle. I lost the motivation for competing in power lifting and quit. After a short while of aimlessly working out I was inspired by Lena Johannesen to try Fitness.
I have become Norwegian Champion in all the three events I have competed in, gymnastics, power lifting and fitness! I have also participated in the World Championships in all three events!!
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