Kjartan Haugen

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW4, LW4

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Silje
Residence
Oslo, NOR
Occupation
Manager
Languages
Norwegian, English
Higher education
Physics - Norwegian University of Science & Technology : Trondheim, NOR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training at age eight at Nidelv IL in Trondheim, Norway. He took up Para skiing in 1995.
Why this sport?
He started training at his local club because he had friends there.
Club / Team
Fossum IF: Bærum, NOR
Name of coach
Bjorn Kristiansen [national], NOR

International debut

Year
1996
Competing for
Norway
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Sweden

General interest

Hobbies
Mountain biking. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the open 1x3.75km + 2x5km relay at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Norwegian wax technician Steinar Tormodsgard. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Vegard Ulvang. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It must be fun." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
In 2006 he was named Para Athlete of the Year at the Trondelag Sports Gala in Trondheim, Norway. (nfif.no, 03 Dec 2006)
Ambitions
To win a relay medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated below the knee after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1993. (oslomaraton.no, 25 Sep 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He served as an athlete representative on the board of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports from 2013 to 2019. He has also served as a member and chair of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athletes' Council, and as a member of the IPC Governing Board. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2021; idrettsforbundet.no, 23 May 2019; oslomaraton.no, 25 Sep 2015; skiforbundet.no, 03 Mar 2010)

OCCUPATION
He works as a software project manager for the information solutions branch of an oilfield services company based in Oslo, Norway. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2021)

EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)