The Norwegian Sonar team of Per Eugen KRISTIANSEN, Jostein STORDAHL and Aleksxander WANG-HANSEN features some of the most experienced Paralympians competing in Qingdao this year.
is participating in his fifth Paralympic Games, but it is not the fifth time that he is sailing in the Paralympics.
STORDAHL proved his strong upper body strength by competing as a weightlifter in 1998. He has also sailed 2.4 Metres, the single-handed Paralympic boat. In 1996, when the Sonar was sailed as an exhibition event, STORDAHL was at the helm of the Norwegian boat. At Sydney 2000, his team finished eighth.
(NOR) sailed Optimists like most other junior sailors and joined the Paralympic Sonar crew in Sydney with Noway's Chef de Mission, Cato ZAHL PEDERSEN (NOR). ZAHL PEDERSEN has had and incredible Paralympic career competing in winter and summer Paralympic events. Having lost both arms in a childhood accident, ZAHL PEDERSEN accumulated 14 Paralympic medals in running, alpine and cross-country skiing. Thirteen of his medals are gold.
A mountain climber, Per Eugene KRISTIANSEN (NOR) became paralyzed in the lower body following a climbing accident 14 years ago. Like his team mates, KRISTIANSEN sails 2.4 Metres and big boats.
Norway's Sonar is rigged and ready to go, but the team is waiting for the arrival of KRISTIANSEN who was hospitalized recently and whose flights were delayed - the Norwegian coach will change his tactics on Wednesday and Thursday and sail as the third man with STORDAHL and WANG-HANSEN during their training session.