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Hakan Axelsson

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information


Further personal information

Borås, SWE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first began skiing as a child with his family in Karlskoga, Sweden. He became interested in para-skiing in 2007, two years after the amputation of his lower left leg and being diagnosed with his eye condition.
Why this sport?
As a child he dreamed of becoming an Olympic sailor despite skiing being a family activity. He had more success as a skier and a friend's parents, who were former elite skiers, helped him develop his abilities.
Club / Team
Boras SK: Sweden
Name of coach
Anna Maria Nilsson [national], SWE; Fredrik Uusitalo [national], SWE

General interest

He had problems with his Achilles tendon in February and March of 2010. (, 11 Mar 2011)
He had an accident involving an artificial snow machine in 1999 which damaged his left leg and left him with reduced mobility. In 2005 he slipped and broke his damaged leg. When the leg did not heal properly he had it amputated. He is also visually impaired, having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 2005. (, 01 Aug 2008; Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010;, 11 Mar 2011)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Qualification 14
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually impaired Qualification 16
Men's 10 km Visually impaired Final Round 12
Men's 20 km Visually impaired Final Round 9999
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic VI Final 2013-02-25 15
Men's Long Distance - Free Style VI Final 2013-02-27 9999
Men's Short Distance VI Final 2013-02-28 17
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2013-03-01 15
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2013-03-03 14