Birgit Skarstein10 February 1989
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- 2017 World Championships – Gold
- Rio 2016 Paralympics – Fourth
- 2015 World Championships – Bronze
- 2014 World Championships – Gold
- 2013 World Championships – Silver
She won the World Cup in Poznan, Poland, the following year, which was one of the first tests for rowers over the new distance. Skarstein then captured PR1 women's single sculls (PR1Wx) gold at the 2017 World Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, USA. Since then, she has remained the strongest in her class, winning both 2018 World Cups in Belgrade, Serbia; and Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.
Skarstein injured her left leg while jumping into a lake in 2010. During treatment, she received an epidural injection in her back that accidentally injured the spinal cord, paralysing her from the waist down.
She picked up rowing in 2012 and competed in her first major regatta at the 2013 World Cup in Varese, Italy.
Skarstein studied political science at the University of Oslo and is a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletes’ Council.