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Meet Birgit

Skarstein’s athletic prowess spans two challenging sports. She has clinched 11 World Championship medals in her career, with seven in rowing and four in cross-country skiing, showcasing her versatility and high-level performance across disciplines. Her crowning achievement came at The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, where she triumphed in the Women’s single sculls, bringing home gold for Norway. This accolade was an affirmation of her skill and dedication, marking a significant highlight in her career.

An experienced competitor, Skarstein has participated in The Paralympic Games five times, demonstrating her longevity and consistency in high- performance sport. Off the field, Skarstein is an enthusiast of politics, sports and mountain climbing, highlighting her wellrounded personality.

Adding to her long list of accomplishments, Skarstein set a new world best time in the first A-Final in the PR1 W1x, finishing with a time of 9:47.83. This achievement further solidified her standing as one of the world’s top para-athletes.

With her impressive athletic record and her diverse interests, Birgit Skarstein is a shining representation of the potential of para athletes.

Nelia Barbosa


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Birgit Skarstein

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