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.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
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)
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)
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Men's Middle Distance VI||Final||2017-02-11||9|
|Men's Sprint - Free Style VI||Final||2017-02-12||1|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic VI||Final||2019-02-24||2|