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HEDBERG Christian
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthAvesta, SWE
Height1.95 m
Weight 94 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Marie, daughter My, son Paul
Residence
Hedemora, SWE
Occupation
Author
Languages
English, Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in August 2013.
Why this sport?
A friend persuaded him to try the sport. He initially had to practise skating in a borrowed sledge on frozen lakes in Sweden because it was difficult to find ice time in an arena. "I liked the sport because it was intense and I had good friends to play it with. The standard of the sport is really high compared to what I was doing before with wheelchair floorball."
Club / Team
Nacka HI: Sweden
Name of coach
Jorgen Lundgren [national], SWE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Sweden
General Interest
Other sports
He won a gold medal in wheelchair floorball at the 2010 World Championships in the Czech Republic. He has also competed in handcycling at national level in Sweden. (Facebook page, 21 Nov 2015; experimentet.com, 19 Sep 2015; mirjamianneli.wordpress.com, 21 Jul 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (christianhedberg.se, 15 Feb 2017)
Impairment
In June 2006 he was trying to show wife Marie how to climb a rock wall near Falun, Sweden. His safety rope broke and he fell headlong 10 metres, breaking his back and left arm. He was paralysed from the waist down. (kollega.se, 27 Apr 2016; dt.se, 12 Nov 2013)
Other information
AUTHOR
He published the book 'Ingen vill dricka kaffe med nagon som ar bitter [Nobody wants to have coffee with someone who is bitter]', a story about three people who meet in the waiting room of a hospital emergency ward. "It is very ironic and self-critical. I hope it will help people get an understanding of those of us who have been hurt." (sverigesradio.se, 28 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Team