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OLSSON Stefan
Sport Para ice hockey, Wheelchair Tennis
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthFalun, SWE
Height1.69 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
Open
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Mirjami, son Vincenzo
Residence
Djurås, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Swedish
Higher education
Sport Studies - Lugnet Gymnasium: Falun, SWE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing the sport at age seven in Falun, Sweden.
Why this sport?
He was inspired after watching his first tennis game on TV.
Club / Team
Falu TK: Falun, SWE
Name of coach
Toni Gustavsson, SWE, from 2001
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Sweden
General Interest
Nicknames
Steffo, Stevo (Athlete, 01 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Fishing, playing video games, RC cars, paddling, biking, skiing, spending time with family. (stefan-olsson.se, 17 Mar 2020; Facebook page, 17 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 01 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Swedish biathlete Fredrik Lindstrom. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
US tennis player Pete Sampras, Australian tennis player Pat Rafter, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary." (Athlete, 01 Jun 2016)
Other sports
He has represented Sweden in Para ice hockey and competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)
Milestones
He became the first Swedish wheelchair tennis player to win gold at the Wimbledon Grand Slam event in England, when he was victorious in men's singles at the 2018 edition. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)

He and teammate Peter Wikstrom became the first Swedish wheelchair tennis players to win gold at the Paralympic Games when the pair claimed victory in men's doubles at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (stefan-olsson.se, 17 Mar 2020)
Impairment
As a young child he had a rare congenital disorder known as arthrogryposis, which left him with stiff joints and muscle weaknesses. When he was young he could walk with the aid of crutches, and also play as a goalkeeper in football and ice hockey. However, as he grew older his upper body became too heavy for his legs and he began using a wheelchair. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2014; aftonbladet.se, 28 Jan 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
8 2014 Team  
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 Doubles  
1 2012 Doubles  
9 2012 Singles  
Round 2 2016 Doubles  
Quarterfinal 2016 Singles  
9 2021 Singles  
British Open - Wheelchair Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
9 2014 Doubles  
9 2014 Singles  
3 2017 Doubles  
Quarterfinal 2017 Singles  
1 2018 Doubles  
Quarterfinal 2018 Singles  
2 2018 Doubles  
3 2019 Doubles  
Round 2 2019 Singles  
Quarterfinal 2019 Doubles  
Quarterfinal 2021 Doubles  
Round 2 2021 Singles  
World Ranking (2016/01/04) - Wheelchair Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
10 2016 Singles  
11 2016 Doubles (individual)  
7 2016 Singles  
5 2016 Doubles (individual)  
10 2016 Singles  
11 2016 Doubles (individual)  
6 2017 Singles  
6 2017 Doubles (individual)  
7 2017 Singles  
10 2017 Doubles (individual)  
6 2017 Singles  
9 2017 Doubles (individual)  
7 2017 Singles  
10 2017 Doubles (individual)  
6 2018 Singles  
9 2018 Doubles (individual)  
7 2018 Singles  
8 2018 Doubles (individual)  
7 2018 Singles  
8 2018 Doubles (individual)  
6 2019 Singles  
6 2019 Doubles (individual)  
6 2019 Singles  
6 2019 Singles  
5 2019 Doubles (individual)  
8 2020 Singles  
7 2020 Doubles (individual)  
9 2020 Singles  
8 2020 Doubles (individual)  
9 2020 Singles  
8 2020 Doubles (individual)  
9 2021 Singles  
8 2021 Doubles (individual)  
9 2021 Singles  
9 2021 Singles  
8 2021 Doubles (individual)  
Grand Slam (Roland Garros) - Wheelchair Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
5 2017 Singles  
3 2017 Doubles  
3 2017 Doubles  
1 2017 Singles  
3 2017 Doubles  
5 2017 Singles  
3 2018 Doubles  
3 2018 Singles  
5 2018 Singles  
2 2018 Doubles  
2 2018 Doubles  
1 2018 Singles  
3 2018 Doubles  
5 2018 Singles  
1 2019 Doubles  
2 2019 Singles  
5 2019 Singles  
3 2019 Doubles  
1 2019 Doubles  
3 2019 Singles  
3 2019 Doubles  
5 2019 Singles