Jesper Saltvik Pedersen (22) is the Paralympic King after he beat competitors in the slalom on Sunday morning and thus remains with four gold and one silver in China.
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Eldest son Karmøy started with silver down the hill and has since picked up gold in super-G, giant slalom, combined and now downhill.
On Sunday, he was also the Norwegian flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics.
He had a 39-hundredth advantage to number two after half-time – after Norway made a big mistake at the end.
When his Dutch rival Joreoen Kampschreur crashed out in the second round, Norway’s golden position was also decided in downhill skiing. Saltvik Pedersen won superbly. Six seconds behind to number two, Niels de Langen, also of the Netherlands.
– Take it easy, take it easy! It means you’re running an intermediate practice lap, shouted NRK’s Ole Kristian Stoltenberg as Saltvik Pedersen thundered down the track – with more and more seconds leading the way down to competitors.
Norway has thus won seven medals at the Paralympics. Jesper Saltvik Pedersen has taken five of them. Sunday was the closing ceremony of the Olympics, which took place at the same venue in China as the Olympics.
Already at the 2018 Paralympics he took one gold, in the giant slalom, and in China he has emerged as the best in alpine to sit.
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Jesper Saltvik Pedersen is originally from Karmøy, but has now moved to Oslo to study political science and train at the Olympic Summit.
He was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down. Jesper got his first wheelchair before he was a year old, but he still has a very active life. He has – in addition to alpine skiing – played handball, football and athletics.
The previous Sunday morning, Norway took bronze in the cross-country relay. Kjartan Haugen, Vild Nilsen and Thomas Karbøl Oxaal traveled to Norway in a relay that covered a distance of 4 x 2.5 km.
Marcus Grasto Nilsson came in in 19th place in the slalom to stand.
PS: Birgit Skarstein was left without a medal in China, but on the other hand he has been re-elected to the IPC Athletic Council (International Paralympic Committee). He got the most votes of all.
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