Ole Henriksen started doing gymnastics as a young boy in Nibe, Denmark. He mastered basic tricks on the rings and parallel bars at school. A fan of the circus, he also made trapezes out of rope and wood and hung them from trees in his backyard. After a stint as a show dancer in Jakarta, Indonesia, in the early 1970s, Henriksen moved to Los Angeles and opened the OleHenriksen Face/Body Spa in 1975. To stay fit, he practiced gymnastics on Muscle Beach in Santa Monica. Today, Henriksen's botanical skin care line, which was acquired by LVMH in February, is available in 22 countries. Now 60, Henriksen still practices gymnastics twice a day, on rings and parallel bars in the backyard of his Los Angeles home. "I run from meeting to meeting all day, but when I get going on the rings, the stress rolls off my shoulders," he says. "It's Zen-like."
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Henriksen is shown here doing an L support on the rings in his backyard in the Hollywood Hills. His twice-daily gymnastics sessions last 20 minutes to 45 minutes each.
When he was 8,Henriksen and his cousin started putting on circus performances in a storage facility near his parents' house in Denmark.