The biographical information was provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Hobbies: Writing, art and reading which includes developmental theories and philosophy. (pocski.com, 14 May 2009)
Occupation: Athlete, Student
Education: Anthropology - University of Oslo: Oslo, Norway
Club name: Filtvet Fremad: Norway
Other sports played: She has also competed in ski jumping, cross-country moguls and telemark. She won silver and bronze medals at the Norwegian mogul championships and a national championship in telemark, which is a combination of alpine and Nordic skiing. After she won an event at nationals, Norwegian officials asked her to attend the 1997 World Championships. She won the classic event and the overall bronze. (www.saltlake2002.com, 23 Nov 2009) She also played on Middlebury College's soccer team. (www.saltlake2002.com, 23 Nov 2009)
Sporting Relatives: Hedda's younger sister Ingrid is also a talented athlete. She's a moguls skier on the Norwegian freestyle team who ranked 16th in the 2000-2001 World Cup standings. (saltlake2002.com, 23 Nov 2009)
Injuries: Berntsen injured her knee during a training run in Aspen, Colorado in the lead up to the X Games. Though not broken, the injury was severe enough to require her to have at least a month's break and forced her out of the World Championships. (dt.no, 23 Nov 2009)
Marital status: Single
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.