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Isabell Valen

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW12

Further personal information

Residence
Bodø, NOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Nord University: Norway

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age one and was introduced to winter Para sports in 2013.
Why this sport?
She followed her sisters into the sport. "In 2013 when I was tired of being part of my sisters' cheerleading gang and had a strong desire to compete myself, I managed to convince my dad that I also wanted to compete in skiing. I was then introduced to a ski association at a gathering and was really hooked on cross-country skiing."
Club / Team
Innstrandens IL: Norway
Name of coach
Bjorn Kristiansen [cross-country skiing, national], NOR; Magnus Evenby [cross-country skiing, national], NOR; Harald Valen [father], NOR

General interest

Nicknames
The Calf [because she drinks a lot of milk]. (tine.no, 22 Dec 2017)
Injuries
In March 2021 she fell during training and sustained injuries to the muscles in her shoulder and chest on her left side. (Facebook page, 28 Mar 2021)

She has undergone surgery on her foot and hand, after two falls during her first year as an active skier. (teamvalen.no, 10 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A day without training is a day without meaning." (skiforbundet.no, 22 May 2017)
Other sports
She has represented Norway in Para cross-country skiing at World Cup events, and has also competed in Para biathlon at club level, representing Tromso Skiskytterlag in Norway. (nordbohus.no, 12 Dec 2019; skiforbundet.no, 22 May 2017)
Famous relatives
She has three sisters that are also competitive skiers. (teamvalen.no, 10 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (tv2.no, 02 Feb 2020)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. She also contracted encephalitis [inflammation of the brain] at age four, which resulted in paralysis on the right side of her body. "In order for my condition to not get worse, my dad began training me in skiing. When I am sit skiing, I utilise my potential with my upper body strength. Practising the sport gave me enormous joy and has become a natural flow in my life. Even if I quit elite sport one day, I will still have to train just as much to stay healthy." (tv2.no, 02 Feb 2020; skiforbundet.no, 22 May 2017)