Competing at PyeongChang 2018 was a life-changing experience for Jesper Pedersen. The young Norwegian alpine skier won gold in the men’s giant slalom sitting and bronze in the super-combined.
“Nobody knew me when I went to Korea but when I got back everybody did. The TV coverage from PyeongChang 2018 was good in Norway so lots of people wanted a chat.
“It was pretty cool. Everyone knows me in my hometown anyway but now I'm the guy with a gold medal. They think, 'Whoa'."
It was the cherry on the cake of a perfect season which also saw him climbing onto the top of the World Cup overall standings for the first time.
Following such outstanding results, he received the Paralympic Honour Award from the Norwegian government. He was also presented with the Gold Medal Honour by the Norwegian Ski Federation.
Pedersen, who was born with spina bifida, competed at one World Championships in 2017, failing to reach the podium.
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He was Norway's sole gold medallist at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, claiming victory in the sitting giant slalom. "Nobody knew me when I went to [the Republic of] Korea but when I got back everybody did. The TV coverage from Pyeongchang 2018 was good in Norway so lots of people wanted a chat. It was pretty cool. Everyone knows me in my hometown anyway but now I'm the guy with a gold medal. They think, 'Whoa'." (paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2018)
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-25||8|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-26||7|
|Men's Super-Combined Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-28||6|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-30||9999|
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-31||5|
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Final||2018-03-10||6|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Final||2018-03-11||4|
|Men's Super Combined Sitting||Final||2018-03-13||3|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Final||2018-03-14||1|
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Final||2018-03-17||5|
|Men's Giant Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-21||3|
|Men's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-23||2|
|Men's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-30||7|
|Men's Super-Combined Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-31||2|
|Men's Super-G Sitting||Race 1 (from SC)||2019-01-31||3|