Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).

Rickards sets off in one of sport’s most demanding events

Vision impaired skier Peter Rickards (left) and his sighted guide Elder Hagen set out in their first race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Rickards competed in 2 cross-country events at the 1980 Games, with a best finish of 10th. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who was not a member of the Australian Team.

Pre-race – Peter Rickards and guide Elder Hagen

Cross country skier Peter Rickards (#22), with his sighted guide Elder Hagen (#1122), before the start of a race at the Geilo Winter Paralympics. Hagen was a Norwegian skier who skied as a guide for Rickards but was not a member of the Australian Team.

An historic moment, full of anticipation

Members of the 1980 Australian winter Paralympic Team and supporters pose before the start of the Geilo Paralympic Winter Games as is traditional – with their skis. Left to right: Ron Finneran (Chef de Mission), Peter Rickards (vision impaired cross country), Kyrra Grunnsund (cross country and alpine skiing), with J. Rickards and Kjell Blongvist, neither of whom was in the Team. Grunnsund poses with an alpine ski in his right hand and a cross country ski in his left, reflecting his participation in both disciplines. He was the only Australian winter athlete to ever compete in both cross county and alpine skiing, as well as – in 1992 – being the only Australian to compete in the winter and summer Paralympics in same year.

Opening Ceremony, 2nd ‘Olympic Winter Games for Disabled’

The Opening Ceremony of the Geilo 1980 Winter Paralympics was conducted indoors. It wasn’t until 1988 that the name ‘Paralympic’ was universally used for summer and winter Games.

Nick Dean reflects on the achievements of Kyrra Grunnsund

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Interviewee: Nick Dean
Recorded: 16 May 2013
Location: Adelaide, SA
Listen to the full interview here.

Kyrra Grunnsund switches to alpine mode

Kyrra Grunnsund competed in one cross country and two alpine skiing events at the Geilo Paralympic Games. He finished 7th in the slalom and 9th in the giant slalom, to go with his 9th place in the 10km cross country event. Grunnsund is the only Australian ever to have competed in cross country and alpine skiing events and the only Australian to have competed in the winter and summer Paralympics in the same year (1992).

Time for a photo before Grunnsund starts his alpine events

Australia’s first official Paralympic alpine skiing competitor, Kyrra Grunnsund (centre), poses with Australian Team supporter Kjell Blomqvist (left) and Team Chef de Mission Ron Finneran (right) at the Geilo Winter Paralympics.

Ron Finneran talks about the role of Chef de Mission

Interviewer: Mick Fogarty
Interviewee: Ron Finneran
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Recorded: 5 July 2011
Location: Merimbula, NSW
Listen to the full interview here.

A contrast for Finneran, who was alone four years before

Ron Finneran traveled by himself to the first Paralympic Winter Games in 1976. In a different role in 1980 at the Geilo winter Paralympics, Finneran ensured that there was support for the two competing Australian athletes, and the opportunity for a future athlete – Andrew Temple – to experience the Games. Left to right: Andrew Temple (1984 Team member), Kyrra Grunnsund, Ron Finneran, Steve Morowe, Bruce Abel (coach).