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Gudfinnur Karlsson

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Hafnarfjörður, ISL
Languages
English, Icelandic
Higher education
Science - Flensborg University: Hafnarfjörður, ISL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six in 1994 in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland. "It was in Sudurejarlaug [swimming pool] with Olafur Thorarinsson. Oli has taught many students, and is a very good teacher with beginners. It was always fun doing swimming lessons with him."
Why this sport?
His mother was friends with a swimming coach and enrolled him in lessons.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Iceland
Tournament
Nordic Championships
Location
Hafnarfjörður, ISL

General interest

Hobbies
Playing piano and violin. (hvatisport.is, 21 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (hvatisport.is, 21 Dec 2020)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and coach Hallgrimus Ther Haraldsson. (hvatisport.is, 21 Dec 2020; Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He suffered a shoulder injury in 2013. (hvatisport.is, 21 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (fjardarfrettir.is, 29 Mar 2022; hvatisport.is, 21 Dec 2020)
Impairment
He was born without eyes. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018; hvatisport.is, 21 Dec 2020)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied piano and violin at Hafnarfjordur Music School in Iceland. (fjardarfrettir.is, 29 Mar 2022; hvatisport.is, 21 Dec 2020)