"Laura" Hosts First International Paralympic Events

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On March 15, the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup will get underway at the "Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center in Sochi. The event will be led by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee together with the International Paralympic Committee, the Russian Paralympic Committee, the Russian Ministry of Sport, the All-Russian Federation of Sport for People with Spinal Cord Injuries and the Federation of Sport for the Blind.

"Laura" Hosts First International Paralympic Events

"Laura" Hosts First International Paralympic Events

The IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup will be the third international Test Event at "Laura", the second one at the skiing stadium of the Center, and the first international Paralympic event.

On March 15, the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup will get underway at the "Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center in Sochi. The event will be led by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee together with the International Paralympic Committee, the Russian Paralympic Committee, the Russian Ministry of Sport, the All-Russian Federation of Sport for People with Spinal Cord Injuries and the Federation of Sport for the Blind.

Sochi says "Yes!" to 130 athletes from 16 countries, including 32 representatives from Russia.

The IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup will be the third international Test Event at "Laura", the second one at the skiing stadium of the Center, and the first international Paralympic event. 94 representatives of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will continue the testing of all services and functions at the venue, where the best biathletes and skiers from around the world will compete in 2014.

Cross-country skiing (long distance, sprint and relay) and biathlon (long and short distances) events will take place at the "Laura" skiing stadium. Competition participants are athletes with physical disabilities, athletes with a spinal cord injury and athletes with impaired vision.

Athletes from Russia taking to the slopes for this event currently hold some of the highest positions in the IPC ratings. Sochi 2014 Ambassador Irek Zaripov, and biathletes and skiers Nikolay Polukhin and Stanislav Chokhlaev, will be among those competing for medals. Sochi 2014 "Your Champion" Michalina Lysova, Elena Remizova and Yulia Budaleeva, will look to deliver excellent results both in cross-country skiing and in the biathlon. Athletes from Norway, Canada, Germany and Ukraine will also be searching for a place on the winner’s podium.

Notes to the Editor

The Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center is unique in that it includes two isolated stadia, each with their own start and finish zones, two isolated track systems for skiing and biathlon, a shooting area and warm-up zones.

The center is located on the crest and slopes of the Psekhako Mountain Ridge, 5-10 km north-east of Krasnaya Polyana village. Laura is a stormy mountain river with many waterfalls, which begins on the southern slopes of the Assar ridge within the Caucasus reserve.

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