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AXELSSON Håkan
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age65
Place of BirthKarlskoga, SWE
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
B2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Borås, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first began skiing as a child with his family in Karlskoga, Sweden. He became interested in para-skiing in 2007, two years after the amputation of his lower left leg and being diagnosed with his eye condition.
Why this sport?
As a child he dreamed of becoming an Olympic sailor despite skiing being a family activity. He had more success as a skier and a friend's parents, who were former elite skiers, helped him develop his abilities.
Club / Team
Boras SK: Sweden
Name of coach
Anna Maria Nilsson [national], SWE; Fredrik Uusitalo [national], SWE
General Interest
Injuries
He had problems with his Achilles tendon in February and March of 2010. (hakanaxelssonlangd.blogspot.com, 11 Mar 2011)
Impairment
He had an accident involving an artificial snow machine in 1999 which damaged his left leg and left him with reduced mobility. In 2005 he slipped and broke his damaged leg. When the leg did not heal properly he had it amputated. He is also visually impaired, having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 2005. (idrottonline.se, 01 Aug 2008; Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010; hakanaxelssonlangd.blogspot.com, 11 Mar 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
14 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired  DNF
12 2010 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 33:53.2
16 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
17 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 30:00.7
15 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 47:49.5
14 2012/2013 15km Individual - Visually Impaired 47:07.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
13 2008/2009 20km Classic Style LW2-9 1:01:16.6
24 2008/2009 10km Freestyle LW2-9 33:11.7
15 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9  
15 2010/2011 10km - Visually Impaired 30:06.9
9 2010/2011 20km - Visually Impaired 1:08:50.0
13 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
15 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
  2012/2013 20km - Visually Impaired  DNF