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Hanne Vadseth

Alpine Skiing | Athletics | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B3

Further personal information

Residence
Oslo, NOR
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Physical Education - Norwegian School of Sport Sciences [NIH]: Oslo, NOR

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"I did cross-country skiing for a few years, but eventually found out that alpine skiing was a branch I performed much better at."
Club / Team
Ready Alpin: Oslo, NOR
Name of coach
Hans Blattmann [national], NOR

General interest

Hobbies
Singing, playing guitar, painting. (Instagram profile, 18 Oct 2021; paralympic.org, 25 Jun 2021; YouTube channel, 07 Mar 2020)
Injuries
She missed the 2019/20 season due to a broken leg suffered in September 2019 while training in Austria. (paralympic.org, 25 Jun 2021, 07 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't let the odds fool you." (Instagram profile, 18 Oct 2021)
Awards and honours
She carried the Youth Olympic torch through Molde, Norway, during the relay for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. (panorama.himolde.no, 19 Jan 2016)
Impairment
She has a condition called incubator blindness, typically caused by too much oxygen in incubators used to save the lives of premature babies. She has around 6% vision. "I do fine in everyday life, and use either a cane or a dog. If it is dark, I struggle quite a lot since colours and contrasts disappear, and that's mainly what I use to orientate myself." (skiforbundet.no, 17 Nov 2013, 22 Mar 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works part-time as a sports and mobility coach at a rehabilitation centre for people with vision impairments. "It's important to have someone working in a centre like that who is educated, has work, does sports and all these other normal hobbies because many people who lose their vision think that their life is over. I talked to an 18-year-old girl who said, 'I can't do anything because I've never seen anyone who is blind do anything, so that's how my life is going to be now'. When she came to us, she said, 'Wow, what is this?' People are biking and running and swimming and kayaking and climbing, doing all these things that she didn't think she could do any more, so it's very cool to see people find their way and take their lives back." (Facebook profile, 16 Oct 2021; paralympic.org, 25 Jun 2021)