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Andreas Skaar Bjornstad

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW12

Further personal information

Residence
Drammen, NOR
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant
Languages
English, Norwegian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2020 after switching from Para swimming.
Why this sport?
After developing an allergy to chlorine, he switched from swimming to cross-country skiing. "Cross-country skiing was what I trained in a lot when I was at the Olympiatoppen [Norwegian national training centre]. I used it very much as an alternative exercise, and my dad and I went up to Sjusjoen every weekend to go skiing. I thought it was really fun and I liked the challenge."
Club / Team
Drammen Svommeklubb [NOR] / Baerumsvommerne [NOR]:
Name of coach
Bjorn Kristiansen [national], NOR
Training Regime
He trains for 20 to 25 hours a week.

General interest

Hobbies
Watching television, playing video games, travelling, spending time with friends. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; skiforbundet.no, 05 Jul 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S7 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Norwegian Para swimmer Aleksander Sire. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian swimmers Alexander Dale Oen and Aleksander Sire. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
At the beginning of 2018 he contracted glandular fever [mononucleosis]. (dt.no, 14 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2016, 2017 and 2018 he was named Male Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the Norwegian Sports Gala for his achievements in Para swimming. (dt.no, 06 Jan 2018; tv2.no, 07 Jan 2017; svomming.no, 12 May 2020)

In February 2016 he carried the torch in Drammen, Norway, ahead of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. (simma.nu, 06 Feb 2016)

He was named the 2015 Athlete of the Year at the Drammen Sports Awards in Norway for his achievements in Para swimming. (simma.nu, 06 Feb 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para swimming at international level for Norway, including at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2021)
Impairment
At age two he was diagnosed with diplegic cerebral palsy. The condition causes impaired muscle power in his legs. (simma.nu, 06 Feb 2016)
Other information
SWIMMING TO SKIING
In 2019 he was diagnosed with a chlorine allergy, eventually forcing him to switch sports. "I was scratching my whole body and I could hardly sleep at night. I often woke up in the middle of the night and scratched until the morning. You can't train 25 to 30 hours a week and sleep three to four hours at night. I had hoped that there was a solution to this problem, but now realise that the Paralympics in Tokyo will go on without me. But I do not envisage that my time as an athlete is over. Skiing is something completely different from what I'm used to in swimming, but I'm used to thinking differently and making the best of it. There are technical difficulties but I try all the time." He continues to use swimming as a training routine, but ensures he uses pools without chlorine. "It is very good training and very mild in terms of injuries, compared to cross-country skiing which is on much harder surfaces." (svomming.no, 12 May 2020; nrk.no, 08 Jul 2020; teamnor.no, 25 Feb 2020; nrk.no, 19 Feb 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2015-07-14 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2015-07-14 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2015-07-16 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2016-09-12 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 2016-09-13 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2016-09-13 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-14 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2016-09-15 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-02 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2017-12-03 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2017-12-05 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2017-12-07 3