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MARTHINSEN Mariann
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para swimming
NPC Norway   
GenderWomen
Age34
Place of BirthStord, NOR
Height1.60 m
Weight 52 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Hermund Marthinsen
Other names
Mariann Vestbostad
Residence
Bergen, NOR
Occupation
Social Worker
Languages
Norwegian, English
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Bergen University College: Norway
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began para-skiing in 2008.
Why this sport?
She had been a para-swimmer since 2003 but took up para-skiing in 2008 after deciding she wanted to try a winter sport.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 09 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen. (nettavisen.no, 12 Oct 2012)
Injuries
She was affected by a persistent shoulder injury for much of 2008. (h-avis.no, 03 Sep 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I know what's required, and then I go for it completely." (krik.no, 28 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours
She was Norway's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

She was the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month in February 2010. (paralympic.org, 01 Feb 2010)

She was named 2005 Disabled Athlete of the Year in Norway. (nrk.no, 04 Sep 2012)
Other sports
She competed in swimming for Norway at three Paralympic Games between 2004 and 2012. (aftenposten.no, 04 Sep 2012)
Impairment
Her right leg was amputated at age two after she was involved in a traffic accident. She also has difficulty using her right arm. (Vancouver 2010, 02 Dec 2011; h-avis.no, 03 Sep 2008)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive para-Nordic skiing in 2015. "I finished my professional sports career as a skier after season 2014/15. I'm not taking part in the World Cup anymore but I will participate in some national competitions just for fun, like the Ridderrennet, the Birkebeiner relay and the Norwegian Championship. I still love skiing, but now without the pressure to achieve good results." (paralympic.org, 09 Feb 2016)

EQUIPMENT FAILURE
During the 5km race at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, her sit-ski broke, causing her to lose her two second lead and miss out on a medal. (paralympic.org, 31 Aug 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
6 2004 50m Freestyle S8 34.71
8 2004 100m Freestyle S8 1:16.26
4 2004 100m Backstroke S8 1:25.74
9 2008 100m Freestyle S8 1:14.62
7 2008 400m Freestyle S8 5:39.73
3 2008 100m Backstroke S8 1:20.86
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S8 35.25
4 2012 100m Backstroke S8 1:22.17
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S8 1:16.17
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 50m Freestyle S8 34.26
4 2006 100m Freestyle S8 1:15.53
2 2006 100m Backstroke S8 1:22.84
7 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 5:13.96
8 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:57.81
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 10km - Sitting 33:27.8
8 2010 5km - Sitting 15:53.9
5 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
4 2014 12km - Sitting 40:00.8
1 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:45.6
3 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 27:53.6 
15 2014 5km - Sitting 18:39.0
World Championships Short Course - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Backstroke S8 1:20.08
3 2009 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:06.84
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010/2011 5km - Sitting 14:05.0
5 2010/2011 10km - Sitting 28:53.1
3 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
3 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
2 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 39:16.3
8 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 32:55.9
2 2012/2013 5km - Sitting 14:46.0
3 2014/2015 12km - Sitting 41:12.3
2 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
3 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 30:38.9
3 2014/2015 5km - Sitting 16:12.3