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Paralympic events

Ice-sledge hockey

Players sit on two-blade sledges -- the international word for sled -- that allow the puck to pass underneath. Each player use two sticks with spikes at one end and blades at the other. The spikes are used to propel the sleds, the blades to handle the puck.

Ice-sledge racing

In the Paralympic version of speed skating, competitors sit on sledges and propel themselves around the track. Races are 100 meters, 500 meters, 700 meters, 1,000 meters and 1,500 meters.

Alpine skiing

Racers compete in downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom. Sighted companions guide visually impaired skiers through the course. Racers use single skis with outriggers, sit- or mono-skis and other orthopedic aids.

Nordic skiing

Racers compete in cross-country skiing and biathlon. In biathlon, visually impaired athletes shoot at targets with a sound. All competitors shoot from a prone position.