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NILSSON Ulf
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Sweden   
GenderMen
Age57
Place of BirthMalmö, SWE
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Hampus
Residence
Tomelilla, SWE
Occupation
Personal Assistant
Languages
English, Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 in Malmo, Sweden.
Why this sport?
One of his friends encouraged him to get involved in the sport. "I tried it once and then I was hooked."
Club / Team
FIFH Malmo: Sweden
Name of coach
Erik Vikstrom [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Sweden
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Being named Best Goaltender at the 2017 World Championships A-Pool in Gangneung, Republic of Korea, and competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg, Swedish ice hockey player Pelle Lindbergh. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Goaltender at the 2017 World Championships A-Pool in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
His son Hampus worked as equipment manager for Sweden's national Para ice hockey team at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nytimes.com, 12 Mar 2018)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated at age 16 because of bone cancer. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2014)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
He was a forward when he started playing Para ice hockey in 2008, but he switched positions to goaltender just a year later. "I wasn't fast enough and the previous goaltender didn't want to continue in the national team. It took me two months to learn and it felt natural. Quick reflexes, that's my strength." (nytimes.com, 12 Mar 2018; skd.se, 11 Feb 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010 Team  
8 2014 Team  
7 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
8 2013 Team  
6 2017 Team  
7 2019 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2011 Team  
5 2016 Team