What body parts need to be specifically trained for para-cross-country skiing (sitting category)?

Cross-country skiers in the sitting category need to have a strong upper body and very well trained upper arms. In order to reach high speeds, athletes train especially arms, shoulders, spine and the pectoral muscles. 01 Jan 2015
Sit skier on a slope

Fact of the week - training cross-country

ⒸLieven Coudenys
By Allianz

Skiers in the sitting category compete in a sit-ski, which is a chair equipped with a pair of skis. More specifically, the sit-ski consists of a pair of cross-country skis with a conventional binding assembled to a light aluminum frame with a seat. The height and angle of the seat are defined but allow for individual adjustment depending on the degree of impairment. Additionally, it is allowed to attach a supportive back.

In contrary, standing skiers use conventional cross-country races skis, which are of fiberglass-composite construction.

Skiers with a visual impairment compete with a guide.

The sport is governed by IPC Nordic Skiing.

Para-cross-country skiers can compete in individual or relay, classical or freestyle events ranging from 2.5km and 20km.