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Johann Thor Holmgrimsson

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Akureyri, ISL
English, Icelandic

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2002.
Why this sport?
In 2002 a group of athletes from the National Sports Center for the Disabled [NSCD] in Winter Park, CO, United States of America, travelled to Iceland and held a learn-to-ski camp. His physical therapist told him about it, so he went along and gave it a try.

General interest

Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train like you race, and race like you train." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
He was Iceland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 16 Mar 2014)
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Facebook page, 15 Oct 2016)
He was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Other information
In 2014 he became the first male to represent Iceland in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games when he competed in Sochi. (Facebook page, 15 Oct 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 23
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 19
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 21
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 16