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Alpine Skiing

What is Alpine Skiing?

Para alpine skiing is practised worldwide and features six disciplines: downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G, super combined, and team events. Athletes combine speed and agility while racing down slopes at speeds of around 100km/h

Who Can Take Part?

Male and female athletes with a physical impairment such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, amputation and blindness/visual impairment can take part in Alpine Skiing. Athletes compete in three categories based on their functional ability, and a results calculation system allows athletes with different impairments to compete against each other. Some athletes use equipment that is adapted to their needs including single ski, sit-ski or orthopaedic aids.

Classification

Class LW1

CP5 – Severe diplegic involvement in both legs

CP6 – Athletes with athetotic or ataxic impairment of movements in all four limbs

Class LW3/2

CP 5 – moderate to slight diplegic involvement in both legs (with sticks)

CP 6 – moderate athetoid or ataxic impairment

Class LW9/1

CP7 – athletes with severe hemiplegia with disabilities in one leg and one arm, diagonal or

on the same side

Class LW9/2

CP7 – Athletes with minimal or moderate to slight hemiplegia with disabilities in one leg and one arm, diagonal or on the same side

CP8 – minimal involvement at all four limbs

Class LW10

Cerebral Palsy with disabilities in all four limbs

Class LW11

Cerebral palsy with disabilities in lower extremities


World Para Alpine Skiing

World Para Alpine Skiing are a subcommittee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and are the governing body for para alipne skiing. Five events are on the Paralympic programme: downhill, super-G, super combined, giant slalom, and slalom.