The 2022 Winter Paralympics are ending! This year, they took place in Beijing from March 4th to March 13th.
According to paralympics.org, there are different sports class profiles for different severities of visual impairment. They range from having a visual field of less than 40 degrees diameter to total blindness.
Below are the sports that highlight the talents of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Congratulations to all who competed, and, if you or someone you know wants more information on accessible sports, contact us!
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PARA ALPINE SKIING
For athletes who are visually impaired, Para alpine skiing comes in several different events: downhill, super-G, super combined, slalom, and giant slalom. Athletes use a sighted guide that either uses speakers or a headset to give verbal directions as they race downhill to the finish line.
Para alpine skiing first appeared at the Paralympics in 1976. Learn more about Para Alpine Skiing here: https://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing
Para-Nordic Skiing is the collective term for Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing.
Para biathlon was introduced to the Paralympics in 1988, and athletes with visual impairments became eligible to compete in 1992. The biathlon consists of three 2.5 kilometer legs, with a target shooting from 10 meters between each leg. Athletes with visual impairments use acoustic signals from their air rifles to indicate when they are on target.
Para cross-country skiing debuted in 1976. It is split into short, middle, and long-distance, and athletes can use either classical or free technique. Additionally, there is a team relay event. Like alpine skiing, athletes with a visual impairment use a sighted guide to help direct them.
Learn more about Nordic Skiing here: https://www.paralympic.org/nordic-skiing.