WORLD PARA ALPINE SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Top Level Athletes at High Altitude
Updated: Jun 8, 2019
The World Championships are, after the Paralympic Games, the most important events for most para-athletes. Also in para alpine skiing the world championships are a true highlight, in this case on the 2018/2019 season calendar. The championships will be held from 21 January to 1 February in Granjska Gora, Slovenia and Sella Nevea, Italy.
Paralympic champion Jeroen Kampschreur (source: teamnl.org)
What are the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships?
As the name might reveal are the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships the world championships in para alpine skiing. In the world championships all five disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, super-g, downhill and super combined) will be competed in.
The tech events (slalom and giant slalom) will be held in Kranjska Gora and the speed events (super-g and downhill) will be held in Sella Nevea. The super combined, one run of a speed event combined with one slalom slalom run, will be held in Sella Nevea.
In para alpine skiing the skiers, per gender, are divided over three categories: visually impaired, standing and sitting. The athletes are classified to determine the impact of their impairment. The class stands for a certain time correction to make the competition between different impairments, within the categories, as fair as possible.
The following video explains the factored time:
How did they begin?
The first official para alpine skiing championships were held in 1974 in Le Grand-Bornand, France. The championships were held every four year until 2004. The competition cycle was changed to every other year starting from 2009. Since the 2017 edition the event is officially called World Para Alpine Skiing Championships.
Paralympic champion Marie Bochet (source: paralympic.org)
Which athletes should you watch out for?
Marie Bochet, France
The French skier has been dominating the women’s standing category over the past years, winning three golds and two silvers out of five events at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships 2017 and winning four out of five events at the 2018 Paralympic Games.
Jeroen Kampschreur, Netherlands
The Netherlands may not have mountains, but this Dutch youngster is already at top level and his own peak might not even be in sight. The 19 year old is the reigning world champion in three disciplines and won one gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Games in the men’s sitting category.
Mac Marcoux, Canada
The top favourite in the men’s visually impaired category is Mac Marcoux. The Canadian won four gold medals and one silver medal out of five events at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships 2017 and won one gold and one bronze at the 2018 Paralympic Games.
Paralympian Mac Marcoux (source: alpinecanada.org)
Where can you find out more about the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships?
World Para Alpine Skiing website: www.paralympic.org/sella-nevea-kranjska-gora-2019
World Para Alpine Skiing on Instagram: www.instagram.com/paraalpine/ / @paraalpine
World Para Alpine Skiing on Facebook: www.facebook.com/paraalpine
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