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Para-Snowboard was added to the Paralympic Winter Program in 2012 by the International Paralympic Committee. The sport will make its first appearance at the Paralympic Games at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
Paralympic competition is open to male and female athletes with a physical disability such as spinal injury or nerve damage, cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury, limb loss and other similar conditions. Athletes compete in standing classes based on their functional ability.
Para-Snowboard competitions are run as a time trial (also known as “sling shot”) format on a Snowboard Cross (SBX) course. Each rider performs three timed runs, with only one rider on the course at a time. A results calculation system allows athletes to compete against each other. Athletes with upper limb impairments (SB-UL) compete together and athletes with lower limb impairments (SB-LL) together for medals and placings. In Sochi 2014, only events for athlete in class SB-LL will be offered.
Who is eligible for Para Snowboard? Athletes with a physical impairment (such as limb loss or limb deficiency, spinal cord injury, nerve damage, cerebral palsy).
What are the classes? Athletes with a physical impairment compete in classes: SB-LL or SB-UL.
How do I get a classification? Request a classification using the Get Classified form.
Classification Rules, Forms, Policies and Procedures: View International and National Para Snowboard Classification resources.
Classification Masterlist: See below for the National Para Snowboard Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been nationally or internationally classified as per IPC Classification Rules or APC Classification Policy.
Rules & Equipment
Athletes use equipment that is adapted to their needs.