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OLSSON Anders
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para swimming
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age57
Place of BirthHagfors, SWE
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Andreas
Languages
Swedish
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
He switched from Para swimming to Para biathlon because he wanted to take on a new challenge.
Club / Team
Deje SS: Sweden
General Interest
Nicknames
The Swedish Torpedo, Jarnmannen [Iron Man]. (svt.se, 27 Nov 2012)
Hero / Idol
Swedish ice hockey player Jorgen Jonsson. (andersolsson.se, 08 Mar 2015)
Injuries
He injured his shoulder in November 2014. (andersolsson.se, 17 Nov 2014)

He had surgery on his right shoulder due to ligament damage in September 2012. (andersolsson.se, 15 Jan 2013)

He had operations on his shoulder and back in 2008. (chinadaily.com.cn, 16 Sep 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself. You have to look for opportunities." (andersolsson.se, 08 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2007 and 2010 he was voted Best Athlete with a Physical Impairment in Sweden. (andersolsson.se, 08 Mar 2015)
Other sports
He has represented Sweden in Para swimming and won silver in the S6 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, narrowly failing to defend the title he won four years earlier in Beijing. He has also competed in ironman competitions. (andersolsson.se, 08 Mar 2015; torsbybladet.se, 21 Jun 2014)
Impairment
Following a series of medical accidents between 1995 and 1997, he was left with paraplegia and was bedridden for five years. It was only when an old friend challenged him to swim in a 3km open water race in 2002 that he rose from his bed. (andersolsson.se, 08 Mar 2015)
Other information
BIOGRAPHY
In 2006 journalist Eva Wiklund wrote a book about his life called 'There Is No Limit'. (andersolsson.se, 08 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
  1984 400m Freestyle 4  DNS
3 2004 50m Freestyle S6 31.90
3 2004 100m Freestyle S6 1:09.47
1 2004 400m Freestyle S6 5:03.76
8 2004 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:44.68
9 2004 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:12.14
3 2008 50m Freestyle S6 31.07
1 2008 100m Freestyle S6 1:05.95
1 2008 400m Freestyle S6 4:48.31
6 2008 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:40.47
6 2008 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:57.30
2 2012 400m Freestyle S6 5:03.44
Heat 2012 50m Freestyle S6 33.88
6 2012 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:41.59
6 2012 100m Freestyle S6 1:10.12
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 50m Freestyle S6 30.89
1 2006 100m Freestyle S6 1:06.08
1 2006 400m Freestyle S6 4:54.49
5 2006 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:42.46
4 2006 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:00.39
1 2010 400m Freestyle S6 5:04.28
1 2010 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:39.64
2 2010 100m Freestyle S6 1:10.15
World Championships Short Course - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Freestyle S6 SC 1:03.93
2 2009 100m Individual Medley SM6 1:21.40
2 2009 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:54.73
1 2009 400m Freestyle S6 SC 4:42.64
2 2009 50m Freestyle S6 SC 30.17
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
25 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
24 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 51:41.7