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The Switzerland-based World Para Alpine Skiing Championships that ended on Thursday are the Olympics on skis.
The championships featured multi-sport athletes, known as “Paralympians,” and athletes with a combination of disability and others. The games brought together a total of 9,000 athletes from 75 nations from around the world. More than 4,000 athletes with a combination of disabilities took part in the 15km Skiathlon, the 10km Cross Country Ski, the Women’s World Alpine Championship and the Men’s downhill.
Some athletes who participated this year only include those who have had an accident and been unable to work and pay for childcare because of their injury. Other athletes have needed treatments with medication from different sources as well as some physical therapy.
The Olympic of Sportive Skiing is a first, especially for skiathletes and Paralympians. This is a first year World Para Alpine Skiing Championships or World Sportive Skiing in Switzerland.
For 10 more days, in World Sportive Skiing, the athletes compete in seven separate events including the Women’s Skiathlon, the Men’s Skiathlon, the Women’s World Alpine Championship and the Men’s World Super G.
We’ll continue to follow the athletes at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships and other World Sportive Skiing events, and you can always see all of our experts and our guests at FoxOnSki.com or catch up on some of the videos on Fox.