Morten Vaernes

Morten Vaernes

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Partner Lena Schroeder
Oslo, NOR
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Management, Marketing - BI Norwegian Business School: Oslo, NOR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1999 in Trondheim, Norway.
Why this sport?
While recovering from his injury in hospital, he met a Para ice hockey player who suggested he try the sport. He went to some training sessions, improved and stayed with it. "I like the fact that it takes so much to become a good player, both technically and tactically, which means that you never get fully trained."
Club / Team
Valerenga Para Ice Hockey: Norway
Name of coach
Andre Lysenstoen [national], NOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Norwegian Para ice hockey player Stig Tore Svee. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian ice hockey player Mats Zuccarello, Russian ice hockey player Evgeni Malkin, Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018;, 01 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Play with speed and intensity." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives
His partner Lena Schroeder has also represented Norway in Para ice hockey. She competed at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and the 2021 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Dec 2021; Facebook profile, 08 Dec 2021)
He has paraplegia as the result of a snowboard accident in 1999. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014, 05 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group A 1
Men's Tournament Gold Medal Match 101
Men's Tournament Semifinal 201
Men's Tournament Group A 3
Men's Tournament Group A 2
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 102
Mixed Semifinal 202
Mixed Group B 5
Mixed Group B 3
Mixed Group B 2
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 4
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 5
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 2
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 201
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 2014-03-15 102
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 1
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 3
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 2
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-6 2018-03-16 1