Norway at the 2018 Winter Paralympics

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Norway sent people to compete at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. People are competing in para-alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing, para-snowboarding, sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.

Team[change | change source]

The table below contains the list of members of people (called "Team Norway") that will be participating in the 2018 Games.

Team Norway
Name Sport Gender Classification Club Events ref
Johannes Birkelund para-Nordic skiing male Oppegård IL cross country skiing [1]
Eirik Bye para-Nordic skiing male Oppegård IL [1]
Rikke Iversen wheelchair curling male Halden Curling Club mixed team [1]
Trygve Toskedal Larsen para-Nordic skiing male Avaldsnes IL/Trysilgutten IL [1]
Rune Lorentsen wheelchair curling male Halden Curling Club mixed team [1]
Sissel Løchen wheelchair curling Stavanger Curlingklubb mixed team [1]
Kristian Moen para-snowboarding Funkis Snowboardklubb [1]
Arvid Nelson para-Nordic skiing male guide skier Svarstad IL cross country skiing [1]
Vilde Nilsen para-Nordic skiing female Kvaløysletta Skilag/Tromsø SSL cross country skiing [1]
Håkon Grønsveen Olsrud para-Nordic skiing male Nordbygda/Løten Ski cross country skiing [1]
Jesper Saltvik Pedersen para-alpine skiing male Plogen Skiklubb [1]
Birgit Skarstein para-Nordic skiing female Frol IL cross country skiing [1][2]
Jostein Stordahl wheelchair curling male Halden Curling Club mixed team [1]
Ole Fredrik Syversen wheelchair curling male Halden Curling Club mixed team [1]
Nils-Erik Ulset para-Nordic skiing male Tingvoll IL [1]

Owe Lüthcke is a sledge hockey referee. The Norwegian went to Pyeongchang to referee matches. He was part of the official Norwegian delegation.[3]

History[change | change source]

At the 2014 Winter Paralympics, there were 31 people from Norway competing. There were 25 men and 6 women.  They won 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.[4]

Goals[change | change source]

For the 2018 Winter Paralympics, Nord-Trøndelag County Council has some goals. These included getting more people to compete in disability sports. They also wanted to increase the level of accessibility to sports buildings and sports field in Nord-Trøndelag County and the rest of Norway.[5]

Doping[change | change source]

In December 2017, Norway said it would not send any anti-doping officials to the Winter Olympics or Paralympics. They are tired of needing to use unpaid volunteers. They think anti-doping officials need to be paid.[6] Anti-doping Norway chief executive Anders Solheim said, "If you sell TV rights for this arrangement for billions of dollars, then we think it's wrong that we pay for Norwegian doping controllers to help with the controls. An inspector should receive a reasonable salary and his trip paid for the three weeks he or she will be there. By not paying doping controllers, the organisers are de facto relying on volunteers. Anti-doping work should not be a voluntary profession for those who want to. It is downplaying the priority of our work, and we are tired of it."[6]

Para-Nordic skiing[change | change source]

Skiers[change | change source]

Birgit Skarstein competes in two sports: adapted rowing and para-Nordic skiing.  She won a gold medal at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in the PR1 W1x.  Skarstein also went to the 2016 Summer Paralympics, and she finished fourth.  Skarstein has also went to the 2014 Winter Paralympics, competing in para-Nordic skiing.[7]

Schedule and results[change | change source]

On 12 March, the 15 km race takes place, with standing and vision impaired women starting at 10:00 PM. Thee sprint classic qualification takes place on 14 March from 10:00 AM – 11:25 AM for both men and women in all classes. It is followed in the afternoon by the semifinals and finals.  The classic race takes place on 17 March. The standing and visually impaired women's race takes place from 10:00 AM - 12:30.[8]

Sledge hockey[change | change source]

History[change | change source]

Norway finished in the first four at the 2017 Sledge Hockey World Championships.  This was why they could compete at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.[9][10] Norway played in a tournament in January in Japan. They lost to the Paralympic Games host nation South Korea 0 - 5 in the gold medal game.[11] Norway lost to Italy 4 - 3 in overtime at a tournament in Turin in January 2018.[11]

Roster[change | change source]

Lena Schroeder is the only woman to be competing in sledge hockey at the 2018 Winter Paralympics. While the sport allows both men and women to compete against each other, this rarely happens at the Paralympic level.[11]

Norway roster
Name Position Number Club ref
Torstein Aanekre forward Mjøsa Pikes [1]
Thommas Avdal defenseman VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Audun Bakke forward VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Magnus Bøgle forward IL Kråkene Kjelkehockey
Kissinger Deng goaltender VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Eskil Hagen defenseman VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Martin Hamre forward VIF Para Ishockey
Kjell Christian Hamar goaltender VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Jan Roger Klakegg defenseman Bergen Parahockeyklubb [1]
Knut André Nordstoga defenseman VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Rolf Einar Pedersen defenseman VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Tor Rivera forward IL Kråkene Kjelkehockey [1]
Lena Schrøder forward 26 VIF Para Ishockey [1][11]
Emil Sørheim forward RIHK Kjelkehockey [1]
Lloyd Remi Pallander Solberg forward VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Emil Vatne forward Nærbø IL [1]
Morten Værnes forward VIF Para Ishockey [1]
Ola Bye Øiseth forward VIF Para Ishockey [1]

Schedule and results[change | change source]

Canada, Norway, Italy and Sweden were in Group A for the sledge hockey competition.[10][12][13] They play against Italy on 10 March.[12][14] They play against Canada on 12 March.[12][14]

Preliminary round
Canada Canada
Italy Italy
Norway Norway
Sweden Sweden
March 10, 2018
12:00 KST
Norway Norway 12:00 KST Italy Italy Gangneung Hockey Centre
March 12, 2018
15:30 KST
Norway Norway 15:30 KST Canada Canada Gangneung Hockey Centre
March 13, 2018
15:30 MSK
Norway Norway 15:30 MSK Sweden Sweden Gangneung Hockey Centre

Wheelchair curling[change | change source]

Wheelchair curling competition starts on 10 March. That day, Norway plays Great Britain.[14] They play against Sweden on 13 March.[14]

References[change | change source]

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  8. "Programm". Austrian Paralympic Committee (in German). 12 February 2018. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
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  10. 10.0 10.1 "PyeongChang 2018: Para ice hockey seedings and groups revealed". International Paralympic Committee.
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