It’s safe to say Silje Norendal could retire right now and she’d still be one of the most popular female snowboarders in the world. Since the Olympics, I’ve had more than one non-snowboard friend come up to me and ask who “the hot Norwegian slopestyle rider was.”
But while she’s always been able to attract attention because of her looks, this was the season where Silje really stepped it up in riding terms as well, following up her X Games France gold medal with one at the X Games in Aspen. In doing so she beat Jamie Anderson – widely recognised as the best female slopestyle rider ever – for the second time.
Not that the commenters on her Instagram photos would know anything about that – for real, reading the comments under her photos is like watching a legion of randy terriers humping a teddy bear.