Zebastian Modin20 June 1994
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Silver: cross-country sprint
- 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships: Gold - cross-country sprint; Silver - cross-country long distance, cross-country mixed relay
- 2016-17 World Para Nordic Skiing Cross-Country World Cup: Overall first
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: Silver - cross-country sprint, cross-country mixed relay; Bronze - cross-country long distance
- Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Bronze - cross-country sprint
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.