Snowboard became an official Paralympics event at the PyeongChang Paralympics. Athletes are divided into classes according to the type and level of their impairment (SBLL-1/SBLL-2 for lower limb impairment and SB-UL for upper limb impairment), and compete in a race for speed. Featured in the Paralympics are the thrilling Snowboard-Cross event and the Banked Slalom event, in which racers complete three runs down the course and compete for the best times, with a total of 12 medals to be awarded for the Men’s and Women’s events at the Beijing 2022 Paralympics.
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The sight of racers with prosthetic legs blazing down the slope, keeping their bodies balanced in just the right way, is absolutely astounding. As in the Para Alpine Skiing event, racers must compete in race after race and find themselves a spot at the top of the world rankings if they are to compete in the Paralympics and indeed, the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics featured a series of hard-fought, high-level races. The Sochi 2014 Paralympics also featured Snowboard-Cross for lower-limb impaired racers as the first event for Alpine Skiing, with gold medals going to Evan Strong (U.S.) for the Men’s event and Bibian Mentel (Netherlands) for the Women’s event.