Paralympic Ski World Cup in St. Moritz
From the 2nd until 6th February the best disabled Alpine Ski racers will meet in the 2014 SuvaCare World Cup in St. Moritz. This last showdown before the Paralympics in Sochi promises pure excitement.
In two Giant Slaloms (3rd & 4th February), and two Slaloms (5th & 6th February), the Swiss athletes will be doing all they can to justify their status as favorites. The National team will try to use their home course advantage to assist in the battle for World Cup points against the world's elite and you can support our Swiss ski cracks directly on the slopes! Competitors will race in the categories "sitting", "standing" and "visually disabled". The performances of these top athletes is impressive - remember the last time that you skied in the fog - were you a little insecure? The blind athletes rely exclusively on their instincts and the directions of their guides. The "standing" disabled often are skiers on one leg, and the cracks sitting in the Skibob are almost lying in the snow as they angulate to cut the curve as close as possible to the poles.
Preparation for Sochi
At the last Paralympics 2010 in Vancouver the Swiss Paralympic Ski Team won three Medals. This great tally should be exceeded in Sochi. The World Cup races in St. Moritz offer the athletes a last chance to impress in the quest for selection in the national team. This will ensure dynamic and exciting races on Corviglia.
Integration through Sport
"PluSport Disabled Sport Switzerland" lives its motto with the "Corum PluSport Challenge". For the first time, a parallel Slalom will be integrated into the program of the World Cup Circuit. All categories of disabled skiers will face able-bodied skiers at the Start. However, the start gate for disabled skiers will open earlier than for able bodied skiers, the time interval between the openings of the start gate being determined by the official handicap system for disabled skiers prescribed by the International Paralympic Committee. Exciting races are guaranteed, and as prizes, two exclusive "Corum" Swiss watches with a total value in excess of Chf 15,000.00 will be presented to the winners.