What to watch: January

Here’s a brief run-down of the top Paralympic sporting events around the world to keep your eyes on in January. 03 Jan 2013

The IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup will begin with events in Italy and Switzerland.

IPC Alpine Skiing Point Race (3-5 January): Some of the top downhill skiers will be on the slopes of Rinn, Austria, attempting to gain the first points of 2013 when they race in slalom events.

IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup (8-11 January and 13-16 January): For three days, skiers will compete in Sestriere, Italy, and then head to St. Moritz, Switzerland for four more days of World Cup races. These will be the first two World Cup events of the season in IPC Alpine Skiing.

IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup (12-20 January): Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin (USA) will host the World Cup event, which includes four cross-country and two biathlon races. The Russians have dominated the nordic circuit thus far this season thanks to some top performances by Nikolay Polukhin and Andrea Eskau.

USA Sledge Hockey Classic (21-27 January): In the tournament’s debut in North Carolina, Korea, Russia and the USA will get a chance to see how they stack up against each other before April’s IPC Ice Sledge Hockey A Pool World Championships. It will be the first time Korea and the USA square off since the gold-medal game at last year’s World Championships.

Wheelchair Tennis Australian Open (23-26 January): The first grand slam event of 2013 will tell us a lot in regards to what to look out for in wheelchair tennis following the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Currently, France’s Stephane Houdet and the Netherlands’ Esther Vergeer still lead the NEC Wheelchair rankings.

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