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Ulf Nilsson

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Son Hampus
Languages
English, Swedish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 in Malmo, Sweden.
Why this sport?
One of his friends encouraged him to get involved in the sport. "I tried it once and then I was hooked."
Club / Team
FIFH Malmo: Sweden
Name of coach
Timo Lahtinen [club, national], FIN; Daniel Tjarnqvist [national], SWE
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Sweden

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Being named Best Goaltender at the 2017 World Championships A-Pool in Gangneung, Republic of Korea, and competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg, Swedish ice hockey player Pelle Lindbergh. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Goaltender at the 2017 World Championships A-Pool in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. He received the same award at the 2021 World Championships B-Pool in Ostersund, Sweden. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 22 Sep 2021; insidethegames.biz, 22 Sep 2021)
Famous relatives
His son Hampus worked as equipment manager for Sweden's national Para ice hockey team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nytimes.com, 12 Mar 2018)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated at age 16 because of bone cancer. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
He was a forward when he started playing Para ice hockey in 2008, but he switched positions to goaltender just a year later. "I wasn't fast enough and the previous goaltender didn't want to continue in the national team. It took me two months to learn and it felt natural. Quick reflexes, that's my strength." (nytimes.com, 12 Mar 2018; skd.se, 11 Feb 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2
Mixed Group B 4
Mixed Group B 6
Mixed Classification 5-8 202
Mixed Classification 7-8 102
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 2014-03-11 5
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 4
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 201
Mixed Classification 7-8 2014-03-14 102
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 2
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 5
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 4
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 1
Mixed Tournament Classification 7-8 2018-03-16 1