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Hilmar Orvarsson

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Garðabær, ISL
English, Icelandic
Higher education
Medical Engineering - University of Iceland: Reykjavík, ISL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began taking skiing lessons at age nine.
Why this sport?
Several months after completing chemotherapy treatment for bone cancer, his family went on a ski trip to Akureyri, Iceland. He had skiing lessons, and his interest grew from there. "I went to sports immediately after the treatment and basketball [which he practised until 2013] fascinated me because I could no longer practise football. It was a lot of fun on the ski course and I immediately felt that skiing suited me. So I started training regularly with Víkingur ski club, where I was extremely well received."
Club / Team
Vikingur: Reykjavík, ISL
Name of coach
Thordur Georg Hjorleifsson [national], ISL; Marko Spoljaric [national]

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Golf, CrossFit. (, 06 May 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Thordur Georg Hjorleifsson. (, 25 Sep 2020; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher. (, 02 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named Iceland's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)

He was named 2020 Athlete of the Year by the Icelandic Sports Association for the Disabled. (, 03 May 2021)

He was named 2019 Athlete of the Year by the Vikingur ski club in Iceland. He was also named 2019 and 2020 Male Athlete of the Year in Gardabaer, Iceland. (, 12 Jan 2021;, 25 Sep 2020;, 09 Jan 2020;, 06 Jan 2020)

He was flag bearer for Iceland at the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 18 Mar 2018;, 09 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He has played golf at national level in Iceland. (, 25 Sep 2020;, 16 Feb 2020;, 03 Feb 2019;, 30 May 2017)
He became the youngest athlete to represent Iceland at the Paralympic Winter Games when he competed at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang at age 17. He was also the first Icelander to compete in the standing category of Para alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games, placing 13th in slalom and 20th in giant slalom in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2019;, 01 Mar 2018;, 26 Feb 2018)
Famous relatives
His sister Helena Rut Orvarsdottir has played handball for Iceland. She played for Danish club Sonderjyske Damehandbold in the 2019/20 season. (, 16 Jul 2020;, 11 May 2020;, 16 Feb 2020)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 22 Mar 2018)
In 2009 his left leg was amputated because of bone cancer. "I was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2008, and then I went through a 10-month process where eventually my leg had to be removed. It was, however, possible to use the lower part of the leg. For the most part, I only ski on one ski. It was stressful and quite an experience. I learned a lot from it. But to go through such a big change is definitely easier when you are so young. Because for an adult, it takes so much longer to adjust. I maybe took half a year adjusting to using my ankle as a knee, which worked a little weird at first for the brain." (, 16 Feb 2020; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018;, 03 Jul 2014)
Other information
He was the only athlete to represent Iceland at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 22 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 20
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 13
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-21 20
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-23 4