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HOLMGRIMSSON Johann Thor
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Iceland   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthAkureyri, ISL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Akureyri, ISL
Languages
English, Icelandic
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2002.
Why this sport?
In 2002 a group of athletes from the National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD] in Winter Park, CO, United States of America, travelled to Iceland and held a learn-to-ski camp. His physical therapist told him about it, so he went along and gave it a try.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train like you race, and race like you train." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was Iceland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook page, 15 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2014 he became the first male to represent Iceland in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games when he competed in Sochi. (Facebook page, 15 Oct 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 Slalom - Sitting DNF
23 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:38.43
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
19 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:41.49 
  2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting DNF
21 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:15.65
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
16 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:51.73