Sochi 2014 – XXII Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games
Who: Canada’s alpine, ski cross and para-alpine teams
Where: Sochi, Russia
When: Olympic Winter Games – February 7-23, 2014
Paralympic Winter Games – March 7-16, 2014
What’s at stake: The Winter Olympic Games take place every four years, which means some athletes only get one chance in their careers to stand on the Olympic podium.
For Alpine Canada, preparations for the 2014 Games are well underway as both our alpine and ski cross teams get ready to own the podium in Sochi.
The Paralympics are the premier sporting event for elite athletes with a disability. The games occur in the same year and at the same venue as the Olympic Winter Games. Para-alpine athletes compete in all five alpine disciplines: downhill, giant slalom, slalom, super combined and super-G, in three different categories: visually impaired, standing and sitting.
*Men’s and women’s alpine skiing both debuted at the 1936 Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The only alpine event that year was a combined competition of downhill and slalom.
*Lucille Wheeler won Canada’s first alpine Olympic medal in 1956 – a bronze in downhill.
*Ski cross debuted at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor made history by winning the first gold medal in women’s ski cross.
*The Paralympic games movement started after World War II when a sports competition for injured veterans was organized in England. The movement spread to other countries, and by 1976, alpine slalom and giant slalom were part of the first Paralympic Winter Games held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
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