Amelie Ericson

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2

Further personal information

Family
Husband Johan Ericson
Other names
Amelie Larsson
Residence
Oppdal, NOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Norwegian, Swedish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para alpine skiing at age 26.
Why this sport?
She wanted to return to the ski slopes after her accident. Her husband helped her to learn Para alpine skiing. "My husband Johan is a qualified ski instructor so I got some good help in the beginning. He taught me how to ride and turn."
Name of coach
Hans Blattmann [national]

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Norway
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Hobbies
Freeriding, slopestyle. (paralympic.org, 17 Sep 2021)
Hero / Idol
US Para alpine skier Trevor Kennison. (freeride.se, 07 Feb 2020)
Other sports
She won bronze in wheelchair motocross [WCMX] at the 2020 World WCMX and Adaptive Skate Championships. (Paraidrett Facebook page, 26 Oct 2020; olympiatoppen.no, 01 Oct 2020)
Impairment
She was involved in a skiing accident that resulted in an incomplete spinal cord injury. (freeride.se, 07 Feb 2020)
Other information
FREERIDING
She began freeriding in 2019 before switching to slopestyle when a lot of hills were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I was kind of forced to switch from freeriding into slopestyle because that's all I get, and that was a lot of fun. So COVID is good for something." (paralympic.org, 17 Sep 2021)

FROM SWEDEN TO NORWAY
She grew up in Orebro, Sweden, but moved to Oppdal, Norway to run Turkompaniet, a ski and snowboard school with guided ski tours and events, with her husband Johan. "I drove through Oppdal and stopped for a cup of coffee. When I saw the ski facility I decided that this is where I wanted to live, because of the size of the ski-lift system and all the off-piste possibilities. A couple of years later I got a summer job as the activity and rafting guide there. Johan came to visit and decided to move here as well. The reason we remained here is that we got the possibility to take over the ski school." (expressen.se, 13 Jan 2017)