Vilde Nilsen12 January 2001
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Silver: cross-country sprint
Vilde Nilsen is one of Norway’s emerging stars in Nordic skiing.
She made a name for herself at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, claiming an unexpected silver in the women’s cross-country sprint standing.
Nilsen extended her success into the new season, with five golds and one silver in cross-country, and two silvers in biathlon across two World Cups. She is now preparing for her second World Championships, set to take place in Prince George, Canada.
At her first in Finsterau, Germany, in 2017, she finished fifth in both the cross-country sprint and mixed relay.
When she is not on the skis, Nilsen can be seen going on forest walks with her dog, fishing, hunting, playing the violin, guitar and piano.
At age eight she contracted linear scleroderma in her left foot, leg, thigh and hip. The condition attacks the skin, muscles and connective tissue and resulted in restricted mobility in the joints, less muscle mass and a leg length difference.
"I've always been a girl with a lot of energy and a great competitive spirit. I think it was sport that helped me through the most difficult time when my illness was at its worst."