After her leg was amputated above the knee in 1986 due to cancer, Ripa initially swam competitively for her country at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.
But in just three seasons on the competitive Para Nordic skiing circuit, Ripa has won gold at a Paralympic Winter Games and has medalled at two World Championships.
Having debuted in 2012, the Swede went onto win the sprint classic world title on home snow in only her second major international competition. The following season, Ripa was to come second at the World Cup Finals in Sochi, giving her rivals an indication of what they could expect on the same trails just over one year later.
Ripa, a graphic designer by trade, originally tried Para Nordic skiing in 2006 when she was on holiday. Encouraged by her husband, she eventually found a prosthetic that felt good enough and decided to go for the Paralympic dream once again.
It was indeed at Sochi 2014 that Ripa really began to shine. Beating Ukrainian Paralympic silver medallist Iullia Batenkova into first place by a fraction of a second in the long distance classic, Ripa had firmly made her mark on the women’s standing field.
She will try to do that again at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau, Germany, against her rival from recent seasons, Oleksandra Kononova of Ukraine.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In October 2014 she strained muscles in her foot while training. (paralympic.org, 23 Jan 2016)
In 2019 she required surgery on a herniated disc, and so if the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo had gone ahead as planned in 2020 she would have been unable to compete. She turns age 50 two days before the opening ceremony of the Games. "It was great that it was pushed back for me considering that I had surgery on my neck in March 2019 and I was in a bit of a hurry to catch up with the qualifiers. I can get more speed in my paddling so I would say that I am in the best shape I have ever been." (svt.se, 11 May 2021)
|Women's Sprint - Classic Standing||Final||2013-02-25||1|
|Women's Long Distance - Free Style Standing||Final||2013-02-27||9999|
|Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing||Final||2013-03-05||3|
|Women's 15 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-10||1|
|Women's 1 km Sprint Standing||Qualification||2014-03-12||15|
|4x2.5 km Mixed Relay||Final Round||2014-03-15||2|
|Women's 5 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-16||15|
|Women's Sprint - Classic Standing||Race 1||2015-01-28||2|
|Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing||Race 1||2015-01-31||3|
|Women's KL3||Heat 1||2016-09-14||3|
|Women's Sprint - Free Style Standing||Final||2017-02-12||12|
|Women's Long Distance - Classic Standing||Final||2017-02-16||7|