Morten Vaernes

Morten Vaernes

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Partner Lena Schroder
Oslo, NOR
English, Norwegian
Higher education
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?
Recovering from his injury in the hospital, he met a Para ice hockey player who suggested that 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
VIF Para Ice Hockey: Oslo, NOR
Name of coach
Espen Hegde [national], NOR
Training Regime
He trains on the ice five days a week, and also does strength and stamina work.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Exercising, listening to music, watching movies. (, 14 Feb 2014)
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, Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Play with speed and intensity." (Athlete, 10 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives
His partner Lena Schroder was the first woman to play for the Norwegian national Para ice hockey team. (Facebook profile, 21 Mar 2017;, 24 Nov 2014)
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