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VADSETH Hanne
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC Norway   
GenderWomen
Age34
Place of BirthVestnes, NOR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B3
Guide
Marte Pensgaard Hansen
Further Personal Information
Residence
Oslo, NOR
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Physical Education - Norwegian School of Sport Sciences [NIH]: Oslo, NOR
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
"I did cross-country skiing for a few years, but eventually found out that alpine skiing was a branch I performed much better at."
Club / Team
Ready Alpin: Oslo, NOR
Name of coach
Hans Blattmann [national], NOR
General Interest
Hobbies
Singing, playing guitar, painting. (Instagram profile, 07 Feb 2022; paralympic.org, 25 Jun 2021; YouTube channel, 07 Mar 2020)
Injuries
She missed the 2019/20 season due to a broken leg suffered in September 2019 while training in Austria. (paralympic.org, 25 Jun 2021, 07 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't let the odds fool you." (Instagram profile, 18 Oct 2021)
Awards and honours
She carried the Youth Olympic torch through Molde, Norway, during the relay for the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. (panorama.himolde.no, 19 Jan 2016)
Impairment
She has a condition called incubator blindness, typically caused by too much oxygen in incubators used to save the lives of premature babies. She has around 6% vision. "I do fine in everyday life, and use either a cane or a dog. If it is dark, I struggle quite a lot since colours and contrasts disappear, and that's mainly what I use to orientate myself." (skiforbundet.no, 17 Nov 2013, 22 Mar 2011)
Other information
GUIDE FUNDING ISSUES
In early 2022 she said she had lost a number of guides due to a lack of finances. She was not named in the initial Norwegian elite squad for the 2021/22 season and pays much of her own costs. "It is completely impossible to achieve. While others are skiing and making progress, I stand still. It can be compared to me getting a tandem bike, but not getting to cover the pilot who will ride that bike with me. Guides do not get rich from it. It is mostly a job the students take, and they are dependent on receiving a stable salary. Once I have got someone and start to approach the level I was at, they disappear. Then there are long periods where I do not know what will happen, as companions who can ski do not grow on trees." (nrk.no, 28 Jan 2022; nettavisen.no, 28 Apr 2021)

OCCUPATION
She works part-time as a sports and mobility coach at a rehabilitation centre for people with vision impairments. "It's important to have someone working in a centre like that who is educated, has work, does sports and all these other normal hobbies because many people who lose their vision think that their life is over. I talked to an 18-year-old girl who said, 'I can't do anything because I've never seen anyone who is blind do anything, so that's how my life is going to be now'. When she came to us, she said, 'Wow, what is this?' People are biking and running and swimming and kayaking and climbing, doing all these things that she didn't think she could do any more, so it's very cool to see people find their way and take their lives back." (Facebook profile, 19 Feb 2022; paralympic.org, 25 Jun 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
11 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 3:08.80
10 2021/2022 Slalom - Visually Impaired 1:58.08
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Javelin Throw F11-13 21.77