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Helga Risoy is most known as a pioneer of women’s professional boxing. She started with karate/kick-boxing and boxing in the late 70's, and ultimately ended up as a World Champion in kick-boxing in 1991. After that she left her native country of Norway and moved to Los Angeles, CA. It was not easy at the time to network in a sport that didn't yet exist for women. With determination and consistency she managed against all odds to help start a new sport for women. Over a long period of time with meetings, large phone bills, and hard training she finally manage to get her first professional fight in 1993. The venue was Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas.  Read her story...

Music
Risoy composed and wrote 13 songs and more in progress. As a 9 year old she made her first melody with her grandmother by her side, playing organ and guitar. Later she wrote new lyrics to this song, and named it “The Rhythm of Your Heart” (a classical composition – love song to mother earth). Next song she wrote years later was “Listen to the Wind” dedicated to her grandmother. Please check out the lyrics, and the history behind the songs. Since the songs have not been official published yet only part of the songs are recorded HERE...


Horse Rescue
Shiloh Horse Rescue ranch was founded by the late actor Tony Curtis, and is now managed by his wife Jill Curtis, and her mother Sally Vandenberg.  Helga has been a volunteer at the ranch for many years, and adopted injured race horse Hutch. More information and photos HERE...