Olav is a highly accomplished professional skydiver; a pioneering multiple-medalist who holds numerous world championship titles; a trainer of many world champions; and the holder of a Sports Emmy Award. He has dedicated 30 years of his life to research, development, teaching and training in human body flight; has completed more than 25,000 skydives; and has trained in 25 vertical wind tunnels around the world.
Olav is the founder of:
- The FreeFly Training & Instruction Program
- The First School of Modern SkyFlying
- The Atmosphere Dolphin FreeFly Licence Program
- Space Games – Human Flight Races & Air Games
Olav is known respectfully around the world as the ‘Father of FreeFly.’ He brought FreeFlying to the World Air Games, the World Games, and the X-Games, and he’s been active in growing and developing it to competition level for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).
Olav was the first civilian to jump from the stratosphere – a feat he accomplished in 1995. He is a passionate advocate for human flight and spaceflight, and for research and development in safety training. He is also a team leader, test pilot, and astronaut-in-training with Team Synergy Moon – a finalist in the Google Lunar X-Prize.