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PEDERSEN Jesper
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age19
Place of BirthBergen, NOR
Height1.75 m
Weight 65 kg
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. He 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
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)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always goes through the course with his coach before the start of the race. (Athlete, 22 Jun 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics for the Akra IL club in Norway. (skiforbundet.no, 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 06 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (skiforbundet.no, 27 Nov 2013; Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Other information
TELEVISION APPEARANCE
He was featured in a Norwegian television programme called 'Grasrot' [Grassroots] in 2012. The show visited his home and interviewed him about his involvement as a football referee and his other sporting activities. (tv2.no, 04 Aug 2012)

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
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