What may be the biggest Paralympic Winter Games in history is coming our way in March 2022. Get up to speed on when they're happening, what sports are being contested and more.
The 2022 Winter Paralympics begin on March 4, and will be shown on NBC, Peacock, USA Network, Olympic Channel, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
When Do the 2022 Winter Paralympics Take Place?
The 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will take place from Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 13.
How Many Athletes Will Participate?
The 2022 Winter Paralympics will feature a maximum of 736 Paralympians across 78 medal events.
In addition to having 39 medal events for men, 35 events for women and 4 mixed events, there will be a maximum of 222 slots available for women.
What Sports Will Be Contested?
Paralympians will compete across six different Paralympic sports at the 2022 Winter Paralympics -- Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Sled Hockey, Snowboarding and Wheelchair Curling.
Five events are on the Alpine Skiing program (Downhill, Super-G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom, Slalom) across three competition categories (standing, sitting and vision-impaired). Athletes combine speed and agility while racing down slopes at speeds of around 100km/h. The Para Alpine Skiing program will feature 30 medal events (15 male, 15 female). There will be slots for 140 men, and 80 women, which represents a 7.7 percent and 33.3 percent growth, respectively, on the number of slots offered in 2018.
Divided into sitting, standing, and visually impaired categories, Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Biathlon was introduced in Innsbruck in 1988 for athletes with a physical impairment, and in 1992 athletes with a vision impairment also became eligible to compete. At the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games, Biathlon was introduced as a medal event for men and women.
Para 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 vision impairment.
Since its debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Games, the Paralympic version of ice hockey has quickly become one of the largest attractions for spectators. It is fast paced, highly physical and played by male and female athletes with a physical impairment in the lower part of the body. The USA will be hoping to win a fourth successive Paralympic title in Sled Hockey in 2022, with eight teams taking to the ice.
Para snowboard is practiced worldwide and features three disciplines: snowboard-cross, banked slalom and giant slalom. Athletes combine speed and agility while racing down courses as fast as possible. The sport made its debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games with two medal events in women’s and men’s snowboard-cross. In 2022 it will feature eight medal events. The women’s program will comprise two medal events.
Wheelchair Curling made its Paralympic debut in Torino in 2006. The sport is open to male and female athletes who have a physical impairment in the lower half of their body, including spinal-cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and double-leg amputation. Wheelchair curling will feature 12 mixed gender teams with each team required to include at least one female player. Competition will take place in the iconic Water Cube venue that was used for Para swimming during the 2008 Paralympics and is currently undergoing a transformation into the Ice Cube for the 2022 Games.