Anne-Mette Bredahl

Goalball | Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B1

Further personal information

Family
Husband Paul, son Marcus
Other names
Anne-Mette Bredahl-Christensen
Residence
Oslo, NOR
Occupation
Psychologist, Researcher
Languages
Danish, German, Norwegian, English
Higher education
Psychology - University of Copenhagen/Norwegian School of Sports Sciences

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was invited by chance to a ski camp for people with an impairment soon after losing her vision around 1986. She started competing in 1989.
Why this sport?
She feels that her work as a clinical psychologist and her love of sport complement each other. "It helps me in both ways because my sport gives me energy in my job and I am used to concentrating in my job just like in biathlon." Specifically, she loves biathlon because "whoever can control the situation and their nerves the best wins."

International debut

Year
1991
Competing for
Denmark
Tournament
European Championship
Location
Italy

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her first personal coach and guide "because he believed she could succeed when support was hard to find." (saltlake2002.paralympic.org, 01 Dec 2002)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in one's self" [Simone de Beauvoir]. (rc.unesp.br, 01 Jan 2008)
Awards and honours
She was the first person with a visual impairment to be trained in and eventually practise clinical psychology in Denmark. (imdb, bifilmfestival.com, 01 Mar 2011)

She was named Athlete of the Year in 1998 by the Danish Sports Organisation for Disabled. (saltlake2002.paralympic.org, 01 Dec 2002)

By winning a gold and two bronze medals at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, she became the first Danish athlete with an impairment to win a Winter Paralympic medal. (ski-wm2003.de, 01 Jun 2003)
Other sports
She was a member of the Danish goalball team that won silver at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at age 18, and lost her sight at age 22. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She is a psychologist, and has worked in the Division of Physical Education and Pedagogy at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, focusing on the subject area of physical activity and disability. She has authored or contributed to numerous research papers and has guest-lectured in the US and Brazil. (nih.no, 11 Mar 2011)

DOCUMENTARY
She was the subject of a 2011 documentary called 'More Than Meets the Eye,' which details her life story from going blind in her early twenties to overcoming a rare and potentially fatal illness, and then recovering sufficiently to qualify for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver after only 10 weeks of training. (imdb.com, 01 Mar 2011)

BOOK
She wrote a book in 1997 on growing up with a visual impairment and the necessity of being physically active for people with an impairment and able-bodied people, titled 'Kan Man Lobe Fra Problemerne?' [Can You Run From Your Problems?]. (rc.unesp.br, 01 Jan 2008)