What is Nordic Skiing?
Nordic (cross-country) skiing first appeared at the 1976 Winter Paralympic Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Depending on functional impairment, a competitor may use a sit-ski – a chair equipped with a pair of skis. Male and female athletes compete in short distance, middle distance and long distance (ranging from 2.5km to 20km) or participate in a team relay using classical or free techniques.
Who Can Take Part?
The competition is open to athletes with a physical impairment and blindness/visual impairment.
- For all standing disabilities (including diplegia, hemiplegia, athetosis, ataxia).
- Sometimes special equipment is necessary.
- For CP-Athletes who are not able to use standing equipment.
- No restrictions, but push up with poles should be possible.
CP5 – Diplegic involvement in both legs
CP6 – Athletes with athetotic or ataxic impairment of movements in all four limbs
CP 5 – very mild diplegia
CP 8 – very mild monoplegia
CP8 – Monoplegic involvement of one arm
CP – Disorders affecting at least one leg and one arm
Cerebral Palsy with disabilities in all four limbs
Cerebral palsy with disabilities in both legs
World Para Nordic Skiing
World Para Nordic Skiing are a subcommittee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and are the governing body for para nordic skiing and biathlon