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Zebastian Modin

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Zebastian Modin will be a skier to look out for in the men’s vision impaired as he aims to defend the cross-country sprint world title at Prince George 2019.

The Swede has proven strong this season, winning three golds and one silver in cross-country over two World Cups in Vuokatti, Finland, and on home soil in Ostersund. He is currently leading the overall standings and therefore getting closer to repeating 2018’s title.

Modin did not have the expected performance at PyeongChang 2018, having to settle for silver in the cross-country sprint with guides Johannes Andersson and Robin Bryntesson.

He was not able to compete on a regular basis for two seasons due to several injuries and even thought about retiring from the sport.

But he made an outstanding comeback in 2016-2017, winning his first world title in Finsterau, Germany, and finishing top of the cross-country World Cup overall rankings.

Modin took up skiing at 13 years old, encouraged by some friends. Three years later, he competed at his first Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, as the youngest competitor at the Games. He won bronze in the cross-country sprint.

After that, he was named Swedish Radio station Radiosporten's 2010 Rising Star. Modin enjoyed an even better performance at Sochi 2014, where he took two silvers and one bronze.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B1
Guide
Jerry Ahrlin; Emil Jonsson; Johannes Andersson; Robin Bryntesson

Further personal information

Residence
Östersund, SWE
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
Swedish, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para skiing at age 13.
Why this sport?
Some family friends suggested he should try skiing and pursue it at an elite level.
Club / Team
Ostersund SK: Sweden

General interest

Nicknames
Zebben (skidzonen.se, 16 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (zebastianmodin.se, 14 Feb 2017)
Injuries
In January 2017 he was unable to train for eight days due to illness. (zebastianmodin.se, 29 Jan 2017)

Leg pain meant he was unable to complete his race at the 2014 World Cup event in Vuokatti, Finland. (shif.se, 12 Dec 2014)

In February 2012 at a World Cup event in the United States of America he fell and injured his wrist. He did not compete for two weeks as a result of the injury. (handikappidrott.se, 27 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I simply love to work out. And the best thing about exercise is that there are always things to develop and do better." (zebastianmodin.se, 14 Feb 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named Swedish radio station Radiosporten's 2010 Rising Star after his bronze medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (paralympic.org, 17 Mar 2011)
Other information
YOUNG PARALYMPIAN
He was the youngest competitor from any nation at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Vancouver, 12 Mar 2010; vancouversun.com, 17 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Qualification 9999
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually impaired Final Round 3
Men's 10 km Visually impaired Final Round 9
Men's 20 km Visually impaired Final Round 11
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic VI Final 2013-02-25 2
Men's Long Distance - Free Style VI Final 2013-02-27 8
Men's Short Distance VI Final 2013-02-28 13
Men's Middle Distance - Classic VI Final 2013-03-05 4
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-08 8
Men's 20 km Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-10 3
Men's 1 km Sprint Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-12 2
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 2
Men's 10 km Visually Impaired 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 VI Race 1 2015-01-24 9999
Men's Sprint - Classic VI Race 1 2015-01-28 5
Men's Middle Distance - Classic VI Race 1 2015-01-31 7
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2017-02-11 9
Men's Sprint - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-12 1
Mixed Relay Final 2017-02-15 2
Men's Long Distance - Classic VI Final 2017-02-16 2
Men's Sprint VI Final 2017-02-18 11
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-19 4
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-10 7
Men's 20km Free Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-12 4
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-14 2
Men's 10km Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-17 9999
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI Final 2019-02-17 5
Men's Sprint - Free Style VI Final 2019-02-18 1
Men's Sprint VI Final 2019-02-20 9
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2019-02-21 9999
Open Relay Final 2019-02-23 9
Men's Long Distance - Classic VI Final 2019-02-24 2