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    Nils-Erik Ulset

    Norway Norway Para Nordic skiing 18 July 1983

    Kristiansund, Norway

    A picture of a man skiing

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Impaired muscle power
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification LW3
    Further Personal Information
    Family Wife Ingrid Kvendset Hagen
    Residence Tingvoll, NOR
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages German, Norwegian, English
    Higher education Administration Studies - University of Lillehammer: Norway
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried skiing at about age four, and discovered Nordic skiing at age nine in Tingvoll, Norway. He took part in able-bodied races until he was age 18, when he qualified for the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
    Why this sport? He was influenced by his older brother.
    Club / Team Tingvoll IL: Straume, NOR
    International Debut
    Year 2002
    Competing for Norway
    General Interest
    Nicknames Nikkis [his cousin could not say his name correctly when he was a child]. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
    Hobbies Mountain biking, ski mountaineering, trail running. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 12.5km individual - standing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
    Most influential person in career His brother John Ola Ulset, and coach Morten Eilifsen. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
    Hero / Idol Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
    Injuries In April 2010 he tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee. He returned to training in November 2010. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018; nrk.no, 19 Jan 2011)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "I can always do better." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
    Awards and honours In May 2018 he received the Egeberg's Honorary Prize in Norway. (aftenposten.no, 25 May 2018)

    He was flag bearer for Norway at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
    Other sports He has represented Norway in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Feb 2018)
    Famous relatives His brother John Ola Ulset has represented Norway in able-bodied biathlon at World Cup events. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Feb 2018; Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
    Impairment He was born with a genetic condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease that affects the muscles in his legs. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018; Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 02 Jan 2018)

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