2014 Photo Contest, Sports Feature, 1st prize

Nadja Casadei - heptathlon and cancer


Peter Holgersson

04 December, 2013

Lidingö, Sweden

Heptathlon athlete Nadja Casadei participated in both World and European Championships in athletics, before being diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, in the summer of 2013. Casadei was determined to continue her athletic career, and kept up a training regime throughout her treatment for the disease. The heptathlon is a grueling two-day event that includes hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin, and both 200m and 800m running. Casadei kept up her regime and her spirits during her period of chemotherapy, and declared her intention to try for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

About the photographer

Peter Holgersson

Peter Holgersson was six years old when he started taking pictures. He learned the basic settings on his first camera from his father. He continued with photography as a hobby un...

Technical information

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35.0 mm
Canon EOS-1D X

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