Further personal information
Wife Ingrid Kvendset Hagen, one child
German, Norwegian, English
Administration Studies - University of Lillehammer: Norway
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at about age four, and discovered Nordic skiing at age nine in Tingvoll, Norway. He took part in able-bodied races until he was age 18, when he qualified for the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged by his older brother.
Club / Team
Tingvoll IL: Straume, NOR
Nikkis [his cousin could not say his name correctly when he was a child]. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Mountain biking, ski mountaineering, trail running. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 12.5km individual - standing biathlon event at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
His brother John Ola Ulset, and coach Morten Eilifsen. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
In April 2010 he tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee. He returned to training in November 2010. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018; nrk.no, 19 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can always do better." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In May 2018 he received the Egeberg's Honorary Prize in Norway. (aftenposten.no, 25 May 2018)
He was flag bearer for Norway at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
He represented Norway in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at five consecutive editions of the Paralympic Winter Games between 2002 and 2018, winning three gold medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2020)
His brother John Ola Ulset has represented Norway in able-bodied biathlon at World Cup events. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Feb 2018; Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
He was born with a genetic condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease which affects the muscles in his legs. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018; Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 02 Jan 2018)