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MODIN Zebastian
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthÍstersund, SWE
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B1
Guide
Daniel Rickardsson
Further Personal Information
Residence
Ístersund, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Swedish, English
Higher education
Business, Economics - Mid Sweden University: Sundsvall, SWE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para skiing in 2007 in Ostersund, Sweden.
Why this sport?
He was involved in swimming before some family friends suggested he should try skiing and pursue it at an elite level. "With several uncertain parameters, cross-country skiing was more difficult than swimming. That was probably what hooked me."
Club / Team
Ostersund SK: Sweden
General Interest
Nicknames
Zebben (skidzonen.se, 16 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the men's visually impaired sprint freestyle at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (zebastianmodin.se, 14 Feb 2017)
Injuries
He experienced hip problems in mid-2021 and the issue affected his training that year. (paralympic.org, 09 Feb 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I simply love to work out. And the best thing about exercise is that there are always things to develop and do better." (zebastianmodin.se, 14 Feb 2017)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Sweden at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Instagram profile, 14 Mar 2022; paralympics.se, 13 Mar 2022)

He was named Swedish radio station Radiosporten's 2010 Rising Star after his bronze medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (paralympic.org, 17 Mar 2011)
Milestones
He won one silver medal and two bronze medals at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing to take his total of podium finishes at the Games to eight, more than any other Swedish winter Paralympian. He also claimed medals at Vancouver 2010 [one bronze], Sochi 2014 [two silver, one bronze], and Pyeongchang 2018 [one silver]. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Aug 2022; vk.se, 28 Aug 2022)

He was the youngest competitor from any nation at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, competing in the biathlon visually impaired 3km pursuit at age 15 years and 266 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Mar 2022; Vancouver, 12 Mar 2010; vancouversun.com, 17 Mar 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2023 World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden. (paralympic.org, 09 Feb 2022)
Impairment
He was born with glaucoma and his vision began to deteriorate at age six. "I have always wanted to be seen as everyone else, not as visually impaired. Already in school, my basic attitude was to do what I wanted without restrictions and I never experienced that it was difficult to have a disability." (expressen.se, 23 Oct 2020; gp.se, 16 Jun 2019)
Other information
RETIREMENT RETHINK
He had intended to retire from the sport following the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, but changed his plans after it was announced that the 2023 World Championships would take place in Ostersund, Sweden. "Beijing was the end of the journey in this plan that I set up a couple of years ago [speaking in early 2022]. Now I am heading to my hometown [world] championships. I have been doing this for a long time. I am getting more picky in how things should be. I want to know I can really focus to reach the top and compete with the best and that is what drives me." (paralympic.org, 09 Feb 2022)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a master's degree in business administration. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 09 Feb 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
16 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired  
8 2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 25:38.0
7 2018 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 24:59.2
10 2022 6km Individual - Visually Impaired 22:17.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
11 2010 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 1:08:50.4
9 2010 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 34:53.7
3 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
3 2014 20km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 1:05:02.2 
2 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 4:01.4
2 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 27:44.3 
6 2014 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 29:03.1
4 2018 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 53:57.4
2 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired 4:05.7
  2018 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired  DNF
3 2022 20km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 1:08:17.0
3 2022 Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 3:37.8
2 2022 12.5km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 38:37.2
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 29:35.9
  2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired  DNF
9 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Visually Impaired 38:57.1
11 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 22:31.9
9 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 26:44.8
  2018/2019 15km Individual - Visually Impaired  DNS
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
11 2010/2011 10km - Visually Impaired 27:40.5
  2010/2011 20km - Visually Impaired  DNS
7 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
2 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
8 2012/2013 20km - Visually Impaired 57:05.3
4 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:42.4
4 2012/2013 10km - Visually Impaired 29:32.6
5 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
7 2014/2015 10km - Visually Impaired 28:48.1
1 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Visually Impaired  
2 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 27:17.5
2 2016/2017 20km - Visually Impaired 1:00:24.6
4 2016/2017 10km - Visually Impaired 23:10.8
5 2018/2019 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 30:20.8
1 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired  
9 2018/2019 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 30:01.8
2 2018/2019 20km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 1:05:57.0