I played ice hockey with passion all my childhood, but when I was injured in a motorcycle accident at 16 years age resulting in paraplegia, that sport ended for me. Soon after rehabilitation I continued my education and also continued with sports in wheelchair racing reaching some success in Finnish national championships. After a while, I decided to focus on studies instead. I finished my Masters’ in Engineering and started my career successfully in a large engineering company.
My challenge as an athlete is the triple life of a father, an engineer and an athlete. My wife and kids, aged 9 and 6, completely support the sports, and family life is a good balance on the hectic work and on stress of high-level sports.