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Snowboard made its debut at the SOCHI 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Competitions

At the PYEONGCHANG 2018 Paralympic Winter Games athletes compete in two different disciplines Snowboard Cross and Banked Slalom.

Snowboard Cross (SBX)

Snowboard Cross is an event where the athletes race on a course consisting of a combination of race and freestyle elements (jumps, rollers and berms).picture SBX course
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Wutang – slow speed feature that send riders almost straight up.
Berm – also called bank turn, steep curve.
Roller – rounded small hill that can be aired, carved or pumped for speed.

The SBX course in detail: 400-600 meters long, minimum 40 meters wide, vertical drop of 100-240 meters, running time of 40-70 seconds.

Qualification runs have one competitor on the track at a time. Qualification normally involves two runs but the Jury can decide the number of runs. The timed qualification runs are used to qualify competitors for the finals. Finals are based on 16 men and 8 ladies with 2 competitors per heat or such other numbers as determined by the Jury. The first placed competitor (2 riders per heat) advances from round to
round. Any one of the two athletes whose body or snowboard crosses the finish line wins the race.

Banked Slalom (BSL)

Banked slalom is an event where the athletes race on a course with banked turns. All competitors take three timed runs. The best timed run out of three timed runs determines the final results.
The BSL course in detail: Vertical drop 100 - 250 meters. Length of the course 400 - 1,000 meters. Average slope gradient 20 - 35 percent. Running time of approximately 30 - 90 seconds. Slope width should be minimum 25 meters.

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Administration

Classification

Paralympic snowboard currently offers three sport classes, one for athletes with a significant impairment in one or both legs, one for athletes with less severe activity limitation in their lower limbs and one for athletes with arm impairments. The sport is under development and with its growth the classification system will be refined gradually. In the SOCHI 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, however, only events for athletes in sport class SB-LL were offered.

Sport class

Characteristics

SB LL1
lower limb
Snowboarders in the sport class SB-LL1 have a significant impairment in one leg, for example an above knee amputation, or a significant combined impairment in two legs, for example significant muscle weakness or spasticity in both legs. This will affect their ability to balance, control the board and absorb the terrain. Athletes with amputations will use prosthesis during the races.
SB LL2
lower limb
Snowboarders in the sport class SB-LL2 have impairment in one or two legs with less activity limitation. A typical example is a below knee amputation or mild spasticity.
SB UL
upper limb
Snowboarders in the sport class SB-UL have impairments of the upper limbs, which impacts on the ability to balance when racing down the slopes.

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Multimedia

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Watch the highlights of the discipline at the Paralympics SOCHI 2014

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