First medals will be up for grabs in snowboard at Winter Paralympics28 Feb 2018
France's Maxime Montaggioni in Big White
The PyeongChang 2018 competition will continue on 12 March with the first snowboard medals being awarded, as well as cross-country long distance standing and vision impaired, Para ice hockey and wheelchair curling events being contested.
The Alpensia Biathlon Centre will stage the men’s and women’s long distance standing and vision impaired events.
Austria’s Carina Edlinger, guided by her brother Julian, will be the top contender in the women’s vision impaired after winning the World Cup crystal globe, while NPA athlete Ekaterina Rumyantseva will start as favourite in the women’s standing.
Canadian Brian McKeever will be looking to win his 11th Paralympic title in the men’s vision impaired, but will face tough opposition from Sweden’s world champion and 2017-18 World Cup champion Zebastian Modin. NPA athlete Rushan Minegulov seeks gold in the men’s standing.
Para ice hockey
Three new games will be contested with USA facing Czech Republic, Canada playing against Norway and Italy vs. Sweden.
The men’s and women’s snowboard cross competitions will be held at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
As the snowboard-cross World Cup champion, USA’s Brenna Huckaby will be the favourite to win gold in the women’s SB-LL1, as is Dutch snowboarder Lisa Bunschoten in the women’s SB-LL2.
In men’s competitions, France’s Maxime Montaggioni (SB-UL), USA’s Mike Schultz (SB-LL1) and Japan’s Gurimu Narita (SB-LL2) aim to seal their first Paralympic titles.
The 12 matches on day three will be: South Korea vs. Canada, Sweden vs. Slovakia, Norway vs. NPA, Finland vs. China, Germany vs. Slovakia, China vs. Switzerland, Finland vs. USA, Sweden vs. Great Britain, Switzerland vs. Norway, NPA vs. USA, Great Britain vs. Canada and South Korea vs. Germany.