Over 100 athletes representing more than seventeen countries will take to the slopes at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup this week, at Winter Park Resort.
The event takes place from March 6 – 9, and is hosted by the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) at Winter Park. The World Cup is held every other year in the United States. Between 10 and 15 elite NSCD athletes will be participating in three different categories, Visually Impaired, Standing (Cerebral Palsy, Amputees) and Sitting (Spinal Cord Injuries, Spina Bifida). Several NSCD athletes are returning to the World Cup, including Alana Nichols (USA) and Adam Hall (NZL). In 2010, Nichols took first place in downhill and third place in Super G at the World Cup in Sestriere, Italy. Adam Hall has seven World Cup podium appearances and three World Cup overall medals.
The last race of this caliber in North America was the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. A schedule of events for the World Cup may be viewed at http://www.ipc-alpineskiing.org/export/sites/ipc_sports_alpine_skiing/Calendar/IPCAS-WC-USA_2011-2012-Invitation-Winter_Park.pdf
About the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) – The NSCD is among the largest adaptive sports and outdoor therapeutic recreation programs in the United States. Each year through the NSCD, children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, rivers, mountain trails and golf links to learn more about sports and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports to individuals with almost any cognitive or physical disability.
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