WORLD CLASS PARA-SNOWBOARDING FROM SANTA'S FAVOURITE SKI RESORT
Updated: Jun 7, 2019
For para snowboarders the first major event after the Paralympic Games is coming up: World Para Snowboard Championships 2019. A hundred of the world’s best para-snowboarders will be competing in Pyhä, one of Finland’s most renown ski areas, from 26 to 31 March.
What are the World Para snowboarding Championships?
The World Para snowboard Championships are the biggest event in para snowboarding after the Paralympic games and are being held every other year; the year before and the year after the Paralympic Games.
There will be competition in the disciplines banked slalom and snowboard-cross.
In para snowboarding the riders are divided over three categories in which they compete against others with comparable impairments. These categories are the following: SB-LL1: in which athletes with the most severe lower limb impairment compete, Athletes with a less severe lower limb impairment compete in the SB-LL2 category. In the SB-UL category athletes with upper limb impairments compete. The category is assigned by classification.
The following video explains the para snowboard classification procedure:
How did they begin?
Para snowboarding is a fairly new sport, in 2005 a group of pioneers started their quest to get the sport to the Paralympic games. In 2014 the sport made its debut at the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. One year later, in 2015, first world championships held. Which means this edition will be the third.
Which para-athletes should you watch out for?
Brenna Huckaby, United States
She has been successful in all of her World Para Snowboard Championships so far, winning one gold and one silver medal in the 2015 edition and taking home two gold medals in 2017. At her first Paralympics in 2018 won both of the gold medals. The American has been brilliant in the women’s SB-LL1 category
Chris Vos, Netherlands
Chris Vos is one of the favourites in the men’s SB-LL1 category. Winning two gold medals in both disciplines at both the 2015 and 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships would make the Dutchman the absolute favourite, however, at the 2018 Paralympics Chris took the silver in the boarder-cross event and just missed out on the podium with his fourth place in the banked slalom.
Mike Minor, United States
America’s Mike Minor has achieved major results in the past few years, after making his international debut only three seasons ago in 2015. In that season he immediately took the world cup overall title. Further highlights are his gold and silver medal in the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships and his gold and bronze medal performances in the SB-UL category at the 2018 Paralympic Games.
Where can you find out more about the World Para Snowboard Championships?
World Para Snowboard website: www.paralympic.org/pyha-2019
World Para Snowboard on Instagram: www.instagram.com/parasnowboard / @parasnowboard
World Para Snowboard on Facebook: www.facebook.com/parasnowboard
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