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ULSET Nils-Erik
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthKristiansund, NOR
Height1.79 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW3
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Ingrid Kvendset Hagen, son Olav
Residence
Tingvoll, NOR
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant
Languages
German, Norwegian, English
Higher education
Administration Studies - Lillehammer University College: Norway
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at about age four, and discovered Nordic skiing at age nine in Tingvoll, Norway. He took part in able-bodied races until he was age 18, when he qualified for the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to try the sport by his older brother. He was also inspired by watching Norwegian biathletes Ole Einar Bjorndalen and Halvard Hanevold compete at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. "That's when I decided I really wanted to do this myself."
Club / Team
Tingvoll IL: Norway
Name of coach
Anders Oeverby [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Norway
General Interest
Nicknames
Nikkis [his cousin could not say his name correctly when he was a child]. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Cycling, ski mountaineering. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the standing 12.5km individual biathlon event at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His brother John Ola Ulset, and Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022, 08 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Injuries
In April 2010 he tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in his left knee. He returned to training in November 2010. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; nrk.no, 19 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can always do better." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In May 2018 he received the Egeberg's Honorary Prize in Norway. (aftenposten.no, 25 May 2018)

He was flag bearer for Norway at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

In 2010 he received the St. Olav's Statue, the most prestigious sports award in Norway's Trondelag county. He was presented with the honour in recognition of his performance at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where he won four medals. (Paraidrett Norge Facebook page, 30 Aug 2021; nrk.no, 10 May 2010)
Other sports
He represented Norway in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at five consecutive editions of the Paralympic Winter Games between 2002 and 2018, winning three gold medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Nov 2020)
Famous relatives
His older brother John Ola Ulset has represented Norway in able-bodied biathlon at World Cup events. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Feb 2018; Athlete, 08 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (langrenn.com, 15 Apr 2021)
Impairment
He was born with a genetic condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects the muscles in his legs. "I have maybe 25% of normal muscle strength in my lower legs and my balance is very bad. So for me the hardest parts are flat areas where you benefit from having good balance. Also, very soft conditions and icy tracks I struggle with." (biathlon23.wordpress.com, 19 Sep 2019; Athlete, 08 Feb 2018; Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 02 Jan 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
He plans to retire from Para Nordic skiing after competing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing and continue in his role as a Para sports consultant with the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports. "Sadly I will not be participating in Milan-Cortina [the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games]. It is a beautiful place, but the Games in Beijing [in 2022] are where my career ends. Sport has given me so much. Now I can try to give back. [His wife Ingrid] has sacrificed a lot for me to be able to do this so it's time to go home and give back." (france24.com, 09 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 10 Sep 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In March 2020 he began working for the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports as a Para sports consultant in More og Romsdal county. "I hope and believe that I can contribute a lot in this area, as I would like to give back to the sport that has given me so much." (skiskyting.no, 12 Dec 2021; basket.no, 10 Dec 2020; paraidrett.no, 24 Mar 2020; idrettsforbundet.no, 01 Jan 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 7.5km Individual - Standing 21:26.8
3 2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing 24:50.0
3 2006 12.5km Individual - Standing 43:55.2
2 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing  
1 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 41:00.0
6 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 21:52.7
2 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 34:10.1
2 2014 15km Individual - Standing 42:24.1
6 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 22:35.9
4 2018 12.5km Middle - Standing 45:18.4
3 2018 15km Individual - Standing 49:33.8
7 2022 6km Sprint - Standing 21:16.5
10 2022 10km Middle - Standing 40:31.4
8 2022 12.5km Individual - Standing 49:53.5
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002 10km Freestyle LW2-4 28:15.2
1 2002 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:07:34.3
9 2006 10km - Standing 33:53.4
9 2006 5km - Standing 14:51.5
14 2006 20km - Standing 1:14:10.2
2 2010 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:00:11.4
3 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 39:49.9
3 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 27:53.6 
6 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 27:39.5
2 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 23:09.1
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Standing 50:16.8
3 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Standing 28:00.2
8 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Standing 29:27.6
4 2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Standing 43:26.9
1 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
1 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 43:12.5
8 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Standing 12:28.6
2 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:36.5
2 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Standing 42:51.5
15 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Standing 27:35.2
4 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Standing 42:30.9
1 2012/2013 15km Individual - Standing 41:56.4
3 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Standing 18:54.0
2 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Standing 33:34.0
4 2014/2015 15km Individual - Standing 40:49.9
5 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Standing 33:18.7
3 2016/2017 15km Individual - Standing 40:26.7
5 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Standing 19:33.4
2 2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Standing 43:50.1
5 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Standing 25:51.0
4 2018/2019 15km Individual - Standing 49:13.3
12 2021/2022 6km Sprint - Standing 19:47.9
8 2021/2022 10km Middle - Standing 33:49.4
11 2021/2022 12.5km Individual - Standing 42:36.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002/2003 5km - Standing 15:41.4
2 2004/2005 10km - Standing 29:22.6
3 2004/2005 20km - Standing 58:16.1
4 2004/2005 1 x 3.75 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 41:00.7
2 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 44:07.4
1 2008/2009 10km Freestyle LW2-9 25:58.1
6 2010/2011 10km - Standing 26:12.3
2 2010/2011 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 42:21.9
3 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:10.0
5 2014/2015 20km - Standing 45:57.4
3 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 30:38.9
2 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:19.7
6 2016/2017 10km - Standing 23:20.2