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BJØRNSTAD Helge
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age50
Place of BirthOslo, NOR
Height1.80 m
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife, daughter Josefine
Residence
Fredrikstad, NOR
Occupation
Sales
Languages
English, Norwegian
Higher education
Orthopaedics
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing in 1991 in Oslo, Norway.
Why this sport?
"Thor Erik Kleppe introduced it to me."
Club / Team
Krakene KHK: Moss, NOR
Name of coach
Espen Hegde [national], NOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
1992
Competing for
Norway
General Interest
Nicknames
Footloose ["Because I only have one leg"]. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Golf, spending time with family. (Linkedin profile, 26 Feb 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Most influential person in career
Thor Erik Kleppe, who introduced him to the sport. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Hero / Idol
German-American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, and Norwegian alpine skier Kjetil Andre Aamodt. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Winners never quit, and quitters never win." (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours
He received the Egeberg Aerespris award in 2009. The award is the highest honour for multi-sport athletes in Norway. He is only the second athlete with an impairment to win the award since its inception in 1918. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Other sports
He has won two silver Paralympic medals in swimming. (Athlete, 07 Feb 2012)
Impairment
He was born with a dysfunction in his knee, which causes knee disarticulation. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a sales consultant for telemarketing company Orange Marketing in Fredrikstad, Norway. (Facebook profile, 11 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1994 Team  
1 1998 Team  
2 2002 Team  
2 2006 Team  
3 2010 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
2 1996 Team  
2 2000 Team  
2 2008 Team  
2 2008/2009 Team  
5 2012 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2011 Team