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AbledSports photo from the Sochi Paralympics shows Brian McKeever of Canada being led by his guide Erik Carleton as he competes in the men's 20km visually impaired cross-country skiing. They are dressed in the red and white uniforms of the Canadian team and are moving from the right to left in the photo with trees and snow-capped mountains in the background on a sunny day.
AbledSports photo from the Sochi Paralympics shows Liudmila Vauchok of Belarus competing in the women's 12km sitting cross-country skiing. She is wearing a red ski toque with white trim, a white jersey with green ski pants that have a white stripe down the side. She is strapped into a sitting double ski with her legs extended in front of her as she holds her orange ski poles with lime green and black ski gloves. The photo shows the surrounding trees and sky with a motion blur as she skis by.
Cross-Country Skiing Summary Sunday March 16th 2014.

Day 9 Final Day of Competition:Women’s 5k & Men’s 10k Across 3 Categories

On the ninth and final day of competition at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, new champions in Cross-Country skiing will be crowned.

On the courses at Laura, Cross-Country skiers will compete for medals in the Women’s 5km and Men’s 10 races.

Freestyle athletes will compete across the Standing and Visually Impaired categories, while the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games medal program concludes with races for skiers in the Sitting category.

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Competitions have concluded in men’s free Standing skiing at Laura.

The Russian team won all three medals and took fourth and fifth place in the standings. Gold went to Aleksandr Pronkov (23 min, 59.9 sec), silver went to Vladimir Kononov (0.8 seconds behind) and the bronze medal went to Vladislav Lekomtcev, who finished with a time of 24 min, 06.5 sec.

On the courses at Laura, competition has concluded in the men’s 10km free Visually Impaired skiing. Brian McKeever of Canada (23 min, 18.1 sec.) won gold, Stanislav Chokhlaev of Russia (23 min, 25.1 sec.) won silver, and bronze went to Thomas Clarion of France (24 min. 14.9 sec.). 


Russian cross-country skiers win the final medals in their categories

Medals in the Women’s 5km cross-country skiing have been awarded in Standing and Visually Impaired.

In the Standing category, Anna Milenina of Russia won the gold medal. After the first mark she was in fifth place, but quickly caught up and finished first with a time of 13 minutes and 31.9 seconds.

The silver medal went to Yulia Batenkova of Ukraine, who also pulled ahead in the final meters and finished the race 12.5 seconds after Milenina. Another Ukrainian, Oleksandra Kononova, led for nearly the entire race, but in the end secured a bronze medal, 15 seconds behind the leader.

The three best athletes in the Visually Impaired race were all Russian. In fourth place was Oksana Shyshkova of Ukraine. Standing on the Paralympic podium on the final day of competition were Elena Remizova, who won gold with a time of 13 minutes and 23.8 seconds, silver medalist Mikhalina Lysova with a lag time of 3.9 seconds, and bronze medalist Yulia Budaleeva, who finished 4.8 seconds after the leader.


Winners crowned in cross-country sitting races

Cross-country competitions in the Sitting category have concluded in the women’s 5km and men’s 10km races.

The women’s 5km race was won by Andrea Eskau of Germany. Jumping ahead in the first meters of the race, she finished in 16 minutes and 8.6 seconds and won her second medal at the Paralympic Games in Sochi – her first medal being in the 6km biathlon. The silver medalist was Lyudmyla Pavlenko of Ukraine (16:27.00) and the bronze medalist was Oksana Masters of the United States (17:04.8).

The men’s race ended with a victory for Chris Klebl of Canada. At the 4.1km mark he unexpectedly took the lead from Russians Roman Petushkov and Grigory Murygin, and without giving up this position he reached the finish line as the winner (30:52.0). The silver medalist, Maxym Yarovyi of Ukraine, lost to Klebl by 14.5 seconds, and the bronze medalist, Grigory Murygin of Russia, finished 26.2 seconds after the winner.

Cross-Country Skiing Summary Saturday March 15th 2014.

Open And Mixed Relays Scheduled

On the penultimate day of competition of the Paralympic Games in Sochi, athletes will compete for seven sets of medals.

At Laura, cross-country skiers will compete in two relays – 4×2.5 km open and 4.25km mixed.

Teams are comprised of 4 athletes, each athlete can compete in only one relay race.

In the mixed relay, teams must include at least one woman, and tomorrow men and women will complete races in different functional categories (Standing, Sitting, and Visually Impaired).

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Russian wins the cross-country mixed relay

Russian cross-country skiers Svetlana Konovalova, Alena Kaufman, Nikolay Polukhin and Elena Remizova were awarded medals for their winning performances in the 4×2.5km mixed relay, winning Russia’s 26th gold medal of the Games.  The silver medal went to Sweden, and the bronze to the Norwegian team.


At the first stage of the race Tino Uhlig of Germany was in the lead, followed by Helene Ripa of Sweden and Svetlana Konovalova of Russia. Konovalova then passed the baton to Alena Kaufman in third place. Kaufman finished seventh, trailing by one minute. The three leaders in the second stage were Wilhelm Brem of Germany, Zebastian Modin of Sweden in second, and Nils-Erik Ulset of Norway in third.


In the third stage, Elena Remizova of Russia closed the gap between the front runner,  Anatolii Kovalevskyi of Ukraine, who was first to pass the baton to the final skier, Oleksandra Kononova. Trailing her by 6.5 seconds was Zebastian Modin of Sweden, by 20.8 seconds was Eirik Bye of Norway, and Wilhelm Brem of Germany was 25.2 seconds behind the leader. In fifth place was Nikolay Polukhin, who then chased for a spot on the podium. He managed to pull from behind by 36.3 seconds and finish 8 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer, Modin of Sweden.


In the mixed relay, Russia finished with a time of 27 minutes and 25.6 seconds, and won the country’s 26th gold medal. The relay’s silver medal winning team, Sweden, finished in 27 minutes and 44.3 seconds. Norway completed the race in 27 minutes and 53.6 seconds, winning the bronze medal.

Triumphant Finish for Russian Skiers in Open Relay

Russian skiers Roman Petushkov, Grigory Murygin, Vladislav Lekomtsev and Rushan Minnegulov competed in different categories and all performed exceptionally well in the open relay (4×2.5 km).

Frenchman Benjamin Daviet broke out during the first stage of the relay with a 16.5 second advantage over his opponents. Russian skier Petushkov was second to pass the baton, and Alexander Kolyadin of Kazakhstan was third in the first stage.

During the second leg, Russian Vladislav Lekomtsev sped ahead with Frenchman Thomas Clarion 30.7 seconds behind. The Belorussian Vasily Shapteboy came in third. Grigory Murygin successfully kept her advantage during the third stage and passed the baton 33 seconds before France’s Benjamin Daviet. Ukrainian Yuri Utkin finished third in that stage with a minute behind.

The final participant in the race was Russian athlete, Rushan Minnegulov who arrived at the finish line with a huge margin of 55 seconds and earned his team another gold medal in the Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The overall time for the Russian team was 24 minutes and 22.8 seconds. Vitaliy Lukyanenko managed to overtake the French skier Clarion, and Ukraine won the silver medal with an open relay time of 25 minutes and 17.9 seconds. France was left to take third place, overcoming the distance with a time of 25 minutes and 30.3 seconds.


Cross-Country Skiing Summary Wednesday March 12th 2014.

Day 5 Of Competition: 1km Cross-Country Skiing Sprints

Today’s events will see Cross-Country skiers compete in the 1km Sprints.

Qualification runs will take place for Men and Women in three categories – Standing, Sitting and Visually Impaired, after which spectators will see the Semi-Finals and the Finals.

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The men’s 1km final took place today at the Laura Centre in three categories: standing, sitting and visually impaired.

The men’s  1 km final  in the sitting category ended with an  astonishing victory by Russian athlete Roman Petushkov. The athlete began the race  20 seconds behind Ukrainian athlete, Maksym Yarovyi  However,  Petushkov picked up pace in the last leg of the race and finished the race in 2 minutes 29.4 seconds, picking up his fourth medal of  Paralympic Games. The silver medal went to Russian, Grigory Murygin, who was behind Petushkov by 1.2 seconds. Maksym Yarovyi won bronze, finishing 2.2 seconds behind the leader. 

Norwegian athlete, Mariann Marthinsen won gold in the women’s sitting category. The Norwegian was in the lead in the qualifiers and semifinal, and completed the final run in 2 minutes 45.6 seconds with a  lead of 0.1 seconds. American Tatyana McFadden was awarded the silver medal.
Six Russian athletes were finalists in the standing category. Kirill Mikhaylov, who started fifth won Gold with a time of 3 minutes 53.5 seconds and won gold. The finish line was crossed just 0.3 seconds later by Rushan Minnegulov who won the silver medal of the race. Bronze went to Vladislav Lekomcev, who was 1.1 second behind the leader.

Anna Milenina of Russia had the best time in the women’s standing sprint (4 minutes and 26.9 seconds). She was 4.5 seconds ahead of her closest rival, Ukrainian skier Yulia Batenkova. Another Russian took third place in the freestyle race, two-time champion of the Paralympic Games in Sochi Alena Kaufman.

The final of the men’s race in the visually impaired category was won by Canadian Brian McKeever, who finished the race in 3 minutes and 59.6 seconds. Swedish skier Sebastian Modin finished in second place (4:01.4), and Russian Oleg Ponomarev took bronze with a time of 4 minutes and 5 seconds.

Russian skier Mikhalina Lysova won gold in the 1 km freestyle race for visually impaired athletes, overcoming the distance in 4 minutes and 11.5 seconds. This is Lysova’s fourth medal – the Russian previously showed the best time for the short and medium distances in biathlon and won bronze in the 15 km cross-country. 

Second in the sprint today was another representative of Russia, Elena Remizova, who finished 5.6 seconds behind Lysova. The bronze medal went to Oksana Shishkova of Ukraine – she finished 13.1 seconds later.

Cross-Country Skiing Summary Monday March 10th 2014.

Brian McKeever Wins First 2014 Paralympics Gold Medal For Canada

Medals will be awarded in seven competitions on the third day of competition at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. 

At Laura, the Cross-Country skiers take to the snow to battle for medals. Competitions will be held in men’s 20km Classic for both standing and the visually impaired, and in women’s 15km Classic in these same categories.

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The men’s 20km Classic standing cross-country race has now finished at Laura. Rushan Minnegulov added another gold to Russia’s medal haul with his winning time of 50 minutes and 55.1 seconds. The silver medal was claimed by Ilkka Tuomisto of Finland, who finished in 51 minutes and 31.5 sec. Vladislav Lekomtcev picked up the bronze medal (51 minutes, 44.6 seconds). 

Canadian skier Brian McKeever has won the 20 km cross-country skiing competition classic style for visually impaired athletes.


He posted the best time of 52 minutes and 37.1 seconds and became a Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games champion. Silver was won by Russian skier Stanislav Chokhlaev, finishing with a time of 53 minutes and 43.3 seconds. Third position was achieved by Sweden’s Zebastian Modin, who covered the distance 3 minutes, 57.8 seconds behind McKeever.

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Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games Day 2 of Competition For 5 Sets of Medals

On the second day of competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, the champions of the Super-G and Cross-Country “sitting” Skiing will be decided.

Athletes will compete for five sets of medals at the Mountain Cluster in Krasnaya Polyana. At the Laura venue, competitions will be held for cross-country skiers in the sitting category – the women’s 12km and men’s 15km.

Meanwhile at Rosa Khutor, winners will be crowned in men’s super-G in three categories: sitting, standing and visually impaired.



About Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing first appeared at the 1976 Paralympic Winter Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The competition is open to athletes with a physical impairment and blindness/visual impairment. Depending on functional impairment, a competitor may use a sit-ski, a chair equipped with a pair of skis. Athletes with blindness/visual impairment compete in the event with a sighted guide. Male and female athletes compete in short distance, middle distance and long distance (ranging from 2.5km to 20km) or participate in a team relay using classical or free techniques. Cross-country Skiing is governed by the IPC with co-ordination by the IPC Nordic Skiing Technical Committee following modified rules of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and is practiced by athletes in 24 countries.

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Sit-Ski: Some athletes with a physical disability compete from a sitting position using a sit-ski, also called a mono-ski. As the name suggests, mono-skis have a specially fitted chair over a single ski. The chair includes seat belts and other strapping, as well as a suspension device to minimize wear and tear on the skier’s body.

Ski: Made from fiberglass, classical skis are usually 25cm to 30cm taller than the height of a skier. They are light, weighing less than 0.45kg each; and narrow, with curved tips and a cambered midsection, which is thicker and arched. Free technique skis are about 10cm to 15cm shorter for greater maneuvering. They are also nominally stiffer and have tips that curve less than classical technique skis. The underside of both types of skis has a groove down the center to keep the ski straight when going downhill.


Cross-country skiing first appeared at the 1976 inaugural Paralympic Winter Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Men and women used the classical technique in all cross-country distances until skating was introduced by athletes at the Innsbruck 1984 Paralympic Winter Games. Since then, events have been split into two separate races: classical and free technique. The new technique, however, was not officially used in a medal race until 1992 in Albertville, France.

The Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games marked several other milestones in the history of Paralympic Nordic Skiing. Biathlon was introduced as a medal event for men and women, and for the first time Nordic skiers competed at the same venue used for the Olympic Winter Games.

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Lyudmyla Pavlenko of Ukraine won the gold medal in the women’s 12km cross-country sitting competition at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. She finished the race in 38 minutes and 54.3 seconds. The silver medal went to Oksana Masters of the United States, who clocked a time of 39 minutes and 16 seconds. Earning the bronze medal was Russia’s Svetlana Konovalova, who trailed the gold medal position by 55.5 seconds. Yesterday,  Konovalova won silver in the 6km biathlon and has now added the bronze in cross-country skiing to her medal haul from the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

The Russian team has won a convincing victory at the Laura Cross-country Ski and Biathlon Center in the men’s 15 km cross-country competition in the sitting category. The achievement marks the second Paralympic gold in Sochi for Roman Petushkov, who finished the race with a time of 40:51.6. Irek Zaripov (41:55.1) won the silver medal and Alexander Davidovich (42:08.6) claimed the bronze.

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