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Stefan Olsson

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
Open

Further personal information

Family
Wife Mirjami, son Vincenzo
Residence
Djurås, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Swedish
Higher education
Sport Studies - Lugnet Gymnasium: Falun, SWE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing the sport at age seven in Falun, Sweden.
Why this sport?
He was inspired after watching his first tennis game on TV.
Club / Team
Falu TK: Falun, SWE
Name of coach
Toni Gustavsson, SWE, from 2001
Handedness
Right

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Sweden

General interest

Nicknames
Steffo, Stevo (Athlete, 01 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Fishing, playing video games, RC cars, paddling, biking, skiing, spending time with family. (stefan-olsson.se, 17 Mar 2020; Facebook page, 17 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Swedish biathlete Fredrik Lindstrom. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
US tennis player Pete Sampras, Australian tennis player Pat Rafter, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary." (Athlete, 01 Jun 2016)
Other sports
He has represented Sweden in Para ice hockey and competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)
Milestones
He became the first Swedish wheelchair tennis player to win gold at the Wimbledon Grand Slam event in England, when he was victorious in men's singles at the 2018 edition. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)

He and teammate Peter Wikstrom became the first Swedish wheelchair tennis players to win gold at the Paralympic Games when the pair claimed victory in men's doubles at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (stefan-olsson.se, 17 Mar 2020)
Impairment
As a young child he had a rare congenital disorder known as arthrogryposis, which left him with stiff joints and muscle weaknesses. When he was young he could walk with the aid of crutches, and also play as a goalkeeper in football and ice hockey. However, as he grew older his upper body became too heavy for his legs and he began using a wheelchair. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014; aftonbladet.se, 28 Jan 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Doubles Semifinal 201
Men's Doubles Final 101
Men's Doubles Quarterfinal 302
Men's Doubles 1/8th final 403
Men's Singles Quarterfinal 301
Men's Singles 1/8th final 402
Men's Singles 1/16th final 504
Men's Singles 1/32nd final 608
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Doubles Quarterfinal 304
Men's Doubles 1/8th final 407
Men's Doubles 1/16th final 509
Men's Singles 1/16th final 511
Men's Singles 1/32nd final 622
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Singles 1/32nd final 2012-09-01 616
Men's Doubles 1/16th final 2012-09-01 506
Men's Singles 1/16th final 2012-09-02 508
Men's Doubles 1/8th final 2012-09-03 404
Men's Singles 1/8th final 2012-09-04 404
Men's Doubles Quarterfinal 2012-09-05 302
Men's Doubles Semifinal 2012-09-06 201
Men's Doubles Final 2012-09-07 101
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 2
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 4
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 5
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 201
Mixed Classification 7-8 2014-03-14 102
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Doubles 1/16th final 2016-09-10 11
Men's Singles 1/16th final 2016-09-11 9
Men's Doubles 1/8th final 2016-09-11 6
Men's Singles 1/8th final 2016-09-12 5
Men's Singles Quarterfinal 2016-09-13 3