A hat-trick from star forward Audun Bakke helped Norway seal fifth place at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
The forward was a major surprise at the 2017 World Championships A-Pool in Gangneung, South Korea, providing a new source of energy on the offensive end. The Norwegians fell to South Korea in the bronze medal game 3-2, but they know they have a potent goal scorer in Bakke.
He scored two goals against Germany during 2017 Worlds, showcasing his talents. Bakke has been described as a disciplined player with great speed and agility, alongside shooting abilities. The team can depend on him in various situations, from power plays and penalty killing; to overtime and four-on-four.
He was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, a condition that causes his legs to be weak. He started the sport at 15 years old. He knew the equipment manager on the team who encouraged him to try it out.
Norway won a medal at every World Championships from 1996-2009 but have not made the podium since. Needless to say, the team is hungry for their first hardware in eight years.
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