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SKOGSTAD Geir Arne
Sport Para ice hockey, Wheelchair Curling
NPC Norway   
GenderMen
Age48
Place of BirthTrondheim, NOR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Two children
Residence
Trondheim, NOR
Languages
English, German, Norwegian
Higher education
Theatre Studies - Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Norway
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began wheelchair curling in 2003. He previously took up Para ice hockey in 1998 at age 24.
Why this sport?
Having begun playing Para ice hockey as a way to be active, he took up wheelchair curling when the Norwegian national team needed players for the world championship. "Four people volunteered and established a team. I switched permanently to wheelchair curling after we qualified for the Paralympic Winter Games in Turin in 2006."
Club / Team
Trondheim Curling Club: Norway
Name of coach
Peter Dahlman [national], NOR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Second
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
GG (VANOC Bios, 02 Dec 2011)
Hobbies
Fishing, spending time outdoors, motorbiking. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the world championship in 2007 and 2008. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before competing he spends time listening to music by himself. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything is possible. Keep smiling whatever happens." (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has represented Norway in Para ice hockey. He was a member of the teams that won silver at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and gold at the 2004 World Championships in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 09 Dec 2021; VANOC Bios, 02 Dec 2011)
Ambitions
To win a medal in wheelchair curling at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He sustained a spinal cord injury to his L1 vertebra in a road accident in 1997. (VANOC Bios, 02 Dec 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a peer mentor in rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and acquired brain injuries. (Athlete, 02 Mar 2022)

PARA ICE HOCKEY COACH
He has coached the Rosenborg Para ice hockey team in Trondheim, Norway. (aftenposten.no, 14 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Curling
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 Team  
9 2010 Team  
7 2022 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 Team  
World Championship - Wheelchair Curling
Rank Year Event Result
12 2003/2004 Team  
5 2004/2005 Team  
1 2006/2007 Team  
1 2007/2008 Team  
7 2008/2009 Team  
5 2019/2020 Team  
7 2020/2021 Team  
World Championship - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
2 2000 Team  
1 2004 Team