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Christian Hedberg

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

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, Director, Lecturer
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."
Name of coach
Timo Lahtinen [national], FIN; Daniel Tjarnqvist [national], SWE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence, Forward

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
OCCUPATION
In 2019 he founded Faster Forward, a lifestyle mobile application for people with impairments. "I want to focus on accessibility and good examples. That's exactly what we want to show in the app, positive examples, fun activities." He has also worked as a lecturer for a consulting company in Sweden. (LinkedIn profile, 15 Nov 2021; Facebook profile, 14 Nov 2021; dalarnasciencepark.se, 28 Oct 2021; annonsbladet.com, 27 Jul 2021, 01 Jul 2021; fasterforward.se, 01 Jan 2021)

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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 2
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 5
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 4
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 201
Mixed Classification 7-8 2014-03-14 102
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 2
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 5
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 4
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 1
Mixed Tournament Classification 7-8 2018-03-16 1