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BJØRNSTAD Andreas Skår
Sport Para swimming
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthDrammen, NOR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Drammen, NOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Norwegian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2005 in Drammen, Norway.
Why this sport?
"I have tried out everything else, so I wanted to try swimming too."
Club / Team
Glitre Svommeklubb: Drammen, NOR
Name of coach
Morten Eklund, NOR, from 2013
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Norway
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching TV, playing video games. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S7 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Norwegian Para swimmer Aleksander Sire. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian swimmers Alexander Dale Oen and Aleksander Sire. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
At the beginning of 2018 he struggled with glandular fever [mononucleosis]. (dt.no, 14 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 and 2017 Male Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the Norwegian Sports Gala. (tv2.no, 07 Jan 2017; dt.no, 06 Jan 2018)

In February 2016 he carried the flame in Drammen, Norway, ahead of the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. (simma.nu, 06 Feb 2016)

He was named the 2015 Athlete of the Year at the Drammen Sports Awards. (simma.nu, 06 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nrk.no, 04 Dec 2017)
Impairment
At age two he was diagnosed with diplegic cerebral palsy. The condition causes impaired muscle power in his legs. (simma.nu, 06 Feb 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
12 2016 50m Butterfly S7 34.77 
8 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:48.06 
3 2016 400m Freestyle S7 4:53.61
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:26.07
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:28.04
2 2015 400m Freestyle S7 4:58.60
Heats 2015 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:51.18
3 2017 100m Freestyle S7 1:08.46
1 2017 400m Freestyle S7 5:00.24
2 2017 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:27.10
5 2017 50m Butterfly S7 34.77
3 2017 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:52.17
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 400m Freestyle S7 4:59.76
4 2014 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:53.35
4 2014 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:30.32
10 2016 50m Butterfly S7 35.84
5 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:48.96
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:26.45
2 2016 400m Freestyle S7 4:58.40
4 2018 50m Butterfly S7 35.41
2 2018 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:24.50
11 2018 50m Freestyle S7 33.34
8 2018 100m Freestyle S7 1:10.91
3 2018 400m Freestyle S7 4:51.40