PyeongChang 2018: Spotlight on alpine skiing

Brush up on all you need to know about the sport at this Paralympic Winter Games 05 Mar 2018 By IPC

Alpine skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will feature 30 medal events for both men and women. There will be five disciplines: speed events in downhill and super-G; technical events in slalom and giant slalom; and super combined.

The newly built Jeongseon Alpine Centre, located in the Mountain Cluster, will serve as venue for both the alpine skiing and snowboard competitions.

The sport has been contested at the Winter Paralympics since the first edition at Ornskoldsvik 1976, featuring slalom and giant slalom events.

Athletes are classified into three sport classes: standing, sitting and vision impaired.

France’s Marie Bochet, Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova, Austria’s Markus Salcher, Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber and Canada’s Mac Marcoux will be five of the big names taking on the slopes in PyeongChang.

A true battle for gold is expected in the women’s sitting, with Sochi 2014 five-time gold medallist Schaffelhuber facing Austria’s 2017-18 World Cup champion Claudia Loesch.

There will be many teenage talents competing at PyeongChang 2018, including Dutch skier Jeroen Kampschreur and Pedersen in the men’s sitting, and Italy’s Giacomo Bertagnolli in the men’s vision impaired.

More about alpine skiing can be found on the official PyeongChang 2018 website.

Tickets for PyeongChang 2018 can be purchased here.