Paralympic champions in women’s alpine skiing slalom will be decided03 Mar 2018
Five-time Paralympic champion Anna Schaffelhuber leads Germany's delegation at PyeongChang 2018
Day six (15 March) of competition at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will see medals awarded in alpine skiing, plus semi-finals in Para ice hockey and the last days of round-robin action in wheelchair curling.
Following up from the men’s slalom on day five is the women’s equivalent, as they will get to showcase their technical skills at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
The women’s sitting is expected to pit a thrilling duel between Germany’s reigning Paralympic and world champion Anna Schaffelhuber and Austria’s Claudia Loesch. Loesch captured slalom bronze at the 207 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, but has just claimed this season’s World Cup slalom title. Another German that could contend for the podium is Anna-Lena Forster, who finished just 20 points behind Loesch in the World Cup slalom rankings, and holds silver medals from Tarvisio and Sochi 2014.
The ever-dominant French skier Marie Bochet has been unstoppable in the women’s standing. However, slalom appears to be her toughest hurdle. She won four of her five events at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games; she did not finish her slalom run. At Tarvisio 2017, Bochet was 0.03 seconds off the gold, which was taken by Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss.
Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova with guide Natalia Subrtova is the clear favourite in the women’s vision impaired. Bronze medallist from Sochi, Farkasova won her third Worlds slalom gold last year and followed that up with this season’s World Cup title. Also watch for Great Britain’s Millie Knight with guide Brett Wild, and Worlds silver medallist Menna Fitzpatrick guided by Jennifer Kehoe.
Para ice hockey
The pressure will be on four teams playing in the two semi-final games on 15 March at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. The first-place finisher from Group A will play the second-place team from Group B. The evening game will see Group B’s top team take on second-place ranked team from Group A.
The losers will play for the bronze medal on 17 March, and the winners will battle for gold on 18 March.
In the same cluster as Para ice hockey, but over at the Gangneung Curling Centre are the last round-robin games in the sport before the semi-finals. Four games will take place in each of the three sessions throughout the day. Reigning world champions Norway will take on the USA in the morning and Slovakia in the afternoon.
A rematch of the 2017 World Championships bronze medal game can be found in the evening session between winners Great Britain and China.