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Nils-Erik Ulset

Nordic Skiing

Ulset is into his second decade at the very top of Nordic skiing.

Now in his thirties, at Sochi 2014, Ulset collected his ninth, 10 and 11th Paralympic medal at his fourth winter Paralympic Games.

At his first Games in Salt Lake City in 2002, he won two gold medals in cross-country. Fast-forward to the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, the incredibly adaptable Ulset finished as No.2 in the biathlon World Cup.

Earning four podium finishes across in IPC Biathlon World Cups in 2014-15, Ulset appeared to be focusing his attention on shooting and skiing going forward. He finished sixth in 2015-16.

Ulset will face challenges from many sides at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships including Ukrainian world champion Ihor Reptyukh.

But with biathlon legend and fellow countryman Ole Einar Bjorndalen, the most decorated winter Olympian in history, as his idol Ulset has already entered the ranks as one of Norway’s most successful para-Nordic skiers.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Ingrid Kvendset Hagen, one child
Tingvoll, NOR
German, Norwegian, English
Higher education
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

International debut

Competing for

General interest

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;, 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. (, 25 May 2018)

He was flag bearer for Norway at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 16 Mar 2014)
Other sports
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)
Famous relatives
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)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 12.5 km Individual Standing Final Round 1
Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing Qualification 3
Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing Final Round 2
Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 3
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 2
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Standing Final 2013-02-28 15
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2013-03-01 4
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2013-03-03 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 6
Men's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 2
Men's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 2
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 3
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 6
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 3
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 5
Men's Middle Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-27 2
Men's Long Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-30 4
Mixed Relay Final 2015-02-01 3
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 5
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2017-02-14 3
Open Relay Final 2017-02-15 2
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 5
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 6
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Standing Final 2018-03-10 6
Men's 12.5km Standing Final 2018-03-13 4
Men's 15km Standing Final 2018-03-16 3
4x2.5km Open Relay Final 2018-03-18 2
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 2
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 5
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 4