Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Ref

The Ref

Beijing 2008

I was at a Supermarket in Handen when I noticed a woman with a Beijing Olympics tattoo on her back. This is Ulrika. She is a wheelchair rugby referee. I accidentally wrote down basketball and Ulrika quickly said, no no, that's a sport for sissies, this is the real deal! But she said it with a smile on her face. Her brother had an accident many years ago, where he broke his neck, and that's how Ulrika got involved with the sport. She has a lot of experience with four European Championships, one World Cup, and one Olympic Games on her growing merit list. Next up is the world cup in Vancouver. At the moment there's TV series about a wheelchair rugby team running on SVT called Köping Hillbillies where you can see Ulrica. Read more about the sport at the Wheelchair Rugby Federation website.

9 comments:

Peter said...

An interesting story, I enjoy rugby but haven't seen wheelchair rugby. Love the close up of the tattoo.

bfarr said...

Wheelchair rugby. Interesting. Great tat.

brattcat said...

Love her portrait, love her tatoo!!!

Bill said...

I like her Olympic tattoo. It is so perfect, I wonder if it was made with a stencil or freehand.

Johnny said...

Tuff tjej, vad det verkar, och tuff tatuering.

Jørgen Carlsen said...

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Steffe said...

I'm not sure either Bill. She took a five week long holiday after the Olympics, and had the tattoo made when she returned to Sweden.

Visst är det så. Det är någonting speciellt med just tatueringar som visar vad man varit, eller har varit med om.


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Ineke said...

i have said it before and will say it again :) i reaaaaally like your portrait stories.