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HEDBERG Christian
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthAvesta, SWE
Height1.95 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
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
Hedemora SK: Sweden
Name of coach
Erik Vikstrom [national], SWE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Sweden
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His family. (sverigesradio.se, 16 Mar 2018)
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)
Impairment
In June 2006 he was trying to show his 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
NEW PERSPECTIVE
After injuring his back in 2006, he suffered a constant pain and became addicted to pain killers. "I was constantly looking for places where I could find peace of mind. They became more and more important. Once, I sat in the car with my daughter and saw how life [with addiction] would go in front of my eyes. Then I decided, 'This is not going to happen'." (christianhedberg.se, 05 Aug 2018; sverigesradio.se, 16 Mar 2018)

AUTHOR
He has published a book called, '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  
7 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 Team  
7 2019 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Team