41596-Markku Karjalainen photo

Markku Karjalainen



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Sari, son Aleksi
Rovaniemi, FIN
English, Finnish
Higher education
Computer Science - University of Oulu: Finland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2018.
Why this sport?
He first experienced shooting at a range with his father in his childhood. He switched to shooting Para sport from wheelchair curling after his curling team broke up after the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Club / Team
Lappi Kurlinki: Rovaniemi, FIN
Training Regime
His trains five days a week.

General interest

Handcycling, going to the gym. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in wheelchair curling at the 2015 World Championships in Lohja, Finland. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Excelsior." [Ever upward] (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair curling at international level, including the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He won a bronze medal in the mixed team event at the 2015 World Championships in Lohja, Finland. He also represented Finland in wheelchair marathon at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 May 2019;, 18 Mar 2018;, 05 Mar 2018;, 01 Jan 2018)
Famous relatives
His wife Sari has also competed internationally in wheelchair curling, and was his teammate in the mixed team event at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, and at the world championships in 2015 where the couple won bronze. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 May 2019;, 21 Dec 2017;, 11 Nov 2013)
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (, 02 Jun 2019)
His impairment is the result of a parachute accident. (, 05 Mar 2018)
Other information
He and his wife Sari met through wheelchair curling, and competed together in the mixed team event at two Paralympic Winter Games. He was replaced as skip of the Finland team by Sari ahead of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I'm not jealous or anything. We have a very good skip in Sari and we recognised that." (, 05 Mar 2018;, 05 Mar 2014)

He studied for a degree in automation engineering at the University of Applied Sciences [JAMK] in Jyvaskyla, Finland. (LinkedIn profile, 28 Nov 2015)