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Ellen Uusitalo

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Partner Jesper Ronnqvist
Residence
Umeå, SWE
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Swedish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing as a child.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Miracle is another word for hardwork." (Instagram profile, 02 Dec 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Para-Athlete of the Year in Jokkmokk, Sweden. (jokkmokk.se, 14 Nov 2016)
Impairment
Her right leg was amputated at age seven due to osteosarcoma [bone cancer]. (sverigesradio.se, 15 Sep 2016)
Other information
CHANGE OF TECHNIQUE
Initially she tried skiing with a prosthetic leg, but she was then advised to try skiing on one leg instead. "After the first try I decided to only ski with one leg in the future. It is a lot easier. I don't find it that much more difficult than skiing with two legs." (sverigesradio.se, 15 Sep 2016)