ItChangedMyLife

It Changed My Life: Her parachute failed - but she didn't

In 2006, former professional base jumper Karina Hollekim's parachute failed to deploy properly sending her falling to earth at 100kmh. At 30, she was told she would never walk again. Today, she is back on her feet.
Now a performance coach and motivational speaker, Karina Hollekim says her accident has given her a perspective she does not want to be without.
Now a performance coach and motivational speaker, Karina Hollekim says her accident has given her a perspective she does not want to be without.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF KARINA HOLLEKIM, NG SOR LUAN

Karina Hollekim suffered horrific injuries in a skydiving accident, but she never lost hope

It was a beautiful morning in August 2006.

Together with several skydivers, Karina Hollekim was in a Cessna 10,000 feet above Lake Geneva, waiting to hurl herself off in a demonstration jump at the Paragliding World Cup in Villeneuve, Switzerland.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'You'll never walk again, she was told - but she did'. Print Edition | Subscribe