Paralympic Winter Games
7-16 March

IPC calls on snowboarders to register for new season

With almost 16 months to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, snowboarders are getting their first chance to register and qualify to compete. 31 Oct 2012
Carl Murphy

New Zealand's Carl Murphy is going for gold at PyeongChang.

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“Currently No. 2 in the world I am totally aiming for the top of the podium in Sochi.”

It is an exciting season for snowboarders. For the first time ever, standing riders with a physical impairment can gain points to qualify for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Potential riders are being called upon to register here so that they can be classified.

“Currently No. 2 in the world I am totally aiming for the top of the podium in Sochi,” said New Zealand’s Carl Murphy, who plans to start the season in North America in November and December. “It’s not going to be easy to get there but that is what I firmly have my eyes set on.”

Murphy will have some strong competition from USA riders like Evan Strong and Mike Shea.

The women’s competition will see riders like USA’s Amy Purdy, the Netherlands’ Bibian Mentel and Italy’s Sara Dorigatti jostle for position.

Here’s a list of dates to mark in your calendars to follow the sport this winter:

22-23 November IPCAS competition in Landgraaf, The Netherlands

6-7 December IPCAS competition in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

26-27 January IPCAS competition in South Tahoe, Nevada, USA

2-3 February IPCAS competition in Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA

4-6 March IPCAS test event in Sochi, Russia

8-10 March World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia

25-29 March World Cup Big White, British Columbia, Canada

31 March - 5 April National Championship in Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA