Later on, by age 15 I had become a rowing athlete. Completely amateur, but I gave it my all, every single day. At that point, I thought that could be my track to fulfil my Olympic dream. Seven years later, maybe I could be part of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Soon enough, facing the dilema of either focusing on sports or studies, I figured out this would not be the way I would fulfil my dream. I decided I would be leaving competitive rowing and follow a different path. Though there was still at least 1,5 years before joining university, I had decided to pursue a career in Sports Marketing.
It hasn't been an easy ride since then. Rio de Janeiro, San Diego, Chicago, Oslo, London and now Lausanne. They all presented me with their beauties, their challenges and the set for making great friends and hard decisions.
Now - twenty years after that little boy dared to dream - I can say that the first part of my that dream has come true. As the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have officially ended, I was part of it.
In the run-up, I took part of volunteer training, tried my luck in the tickets ballots, went through a job selection process, joined the International Olympic Committee and began working from within. During the Games, I got to work, watch and attend both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. And the experience in indescribable. The athletes, the workers, the volunteers and the spectators; everyone trying to be the best they can be, wherever they are from. For me that's what both the Olympics and Paralympic Games are about.
I'm lucky enough to live my dream everyday as I go to work, but now that London 2012 is over, I can't wait for my first Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014 and (hopefully) first Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014, first Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer 2016 (i minn kjære Norge!), all until the surreal dream-come-true moment of being part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in my hometown.
Will all of those come true? Only time can tell, and all I can do is to keep working hard and pursue each and every one of them.
Because I can tell you all. Dreams to definitely come true, just make sure you give it your all.