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PEDERSEN Jesper
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age19
Place of BirthBergen, NOR
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Haugesund, NOR
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, German, Norwegian, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing in 2001 with his father in Norway, and began skiing alone in 2007 in Beitostolen, Norway.
Why this sport?
"When I'm skiing I feel free and I'm able to do the same things as my friends. I also [enjoy] going fast down hills and competing."
Club / Team
Plogen SK: Haugesund, NOR
Name of coach
Hans Blattmann [national], NOR
Training Regime
He trains with the Norwegian able-bodied national team. "Our set-up is special. I train with the likes of [world and Olympic champion] Aksel Lund Svindal at the same camps, with the same coaches, so I'm part of the team. They are really nice guys as well as amazing idols, and it's incredible to ski with them. I love it."
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Norway
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with friends and family, cycling, swimming, table tennis, badminton. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming victory for the first time at a World Cup event by placing first in slalom sitting in Kuhtai, Austria, in December 2017. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In 2018 he was affected by a heart infection and was unable to ski for six months. He returned to competition in January 2019. (paralympic.org, 22 Mar 2019, 10 Dec 2018; nrk.no, 03 Jul 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always goes through the course with his coach before the start of the race. (Athlete, 22 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"With enough training, you can do anything." (paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Paralympic Honour Award from the Norwegian government. He was also presented with the Gold Medal Honour by the Norwegian Ski Federation. (regjeringen.no, 07 Jun 2018; langrenn.com, 04 Jun 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics for the Akra IL club in Norway. (skiforbundet.no, 2016)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Other information
PARALYMPIC SUCCESS
He was Norway's sole gold medallist at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, claiming victory in the sitting giant slalom. "Nobody knew me when I went to [the Republic of] Korea but when I got back everybody did. The TV coverage from Pyeongchang 2018 was good in Norway so lots of people wanted a chat. It was pretty cool. Everyone knows me in my hometown anyway but now I'm the guy with a gold medal. They think, 'Whoa'." (paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:26.82
4 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:27.10
3 2018 Super Combined - Sitting 2:13.74
1 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:13.45
5 2018 Slalom - Sitting 1:42.29
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:15.79
7 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:07.24
6 2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting 1:54.08
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:27.13
3 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:12.69
2 2018/2019 Slalom - Sitting 1:54.80
7 2018/2019 Downhill - Sitting 1:02.70
2 2018/2019 Super Combined - Sitting 1:48.44
3 2018/2019 Super-G - Sitting 1:04.30
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:27.79
5 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:31.15
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:29.14
5 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:13.85
5 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:36.86
7 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:17.04
5 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:15.08
2 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:19.06
3 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:18.16
3 2018/2019 Slalom - Sitting 1:41.56
1 2018/2019 Slalom - Sitting 1:40.83