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BALCHEN Magnus Valoe
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age23
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Oslo, NOR
Languages
English, Norwegian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to skiing as a child, and also played able-bodied football until age 16. He took up Para alpine skiing in April 2021 in Roldal, Norway.
Club / Team
Ready Alpin: Oslo, NOR
Name of coach
Hans Blattmann [national], NOR
General Interest
Hobbies
Wheelchair basketball. (Instagram profile, 19 Oct 2021; skiforbundet.no, 01 Jan 2021)
Injuries
He was unable to compete at the 2021 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway [held in January 2022], after contracting COVID-19. (Instagram profile, 19 Jan 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sitting in a wheelchair has never been a big obstacle for me, I am so lucky that I have a head that always looks out for opportunities. This means that I live a good and active life even when I am in a wheelchair." (skiforbundet.no, 01 Jan 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (skiforbundet.no, 01 Jan 2021)
Impairment
In June 2016 he was hit by a boat while on a trip with friends and broke the T12 vertebra in his spine. He was paralysed from the waist down, but has recovered some function in his legs above the knees. (dagbladet.no, 27 Jun 2021; skiforbundet.no, 01 Jan 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.