Ten things to watch out for at the 2018 Winter Paralympics | Simon Burnton

From the US and Canadian ice hockey struggle to Marie Bochets dominance for France and Millie Knights potential for Team GB, 10 possible spotlights from Pyeongchang

1) Mike Schultz

Not exclusively is Mike Schultz the world’s top-ranked snowboard-cross and sketched slalom boarder, he competes use prosthetics that he designed and fabricates in a workshop behind his house in St Cloud, Minnesota. His hi-tech start-ups will too be used by some 30 other jocks at the Games including the govern world-wide and overall World cup finals snowboard advocate Brenna Huckaby, whose prosthetic leg is violet to match her mark dyed hair.

2) Familiar foes

Canada are the govern World Champions, the US are reigning doubled Paralympic champions, and the two are expected to contest the top two ribbons in the para ice hockey- formerly known as ice sledge hockey but renamed and rebranded in 2016. Between them they have won the last four Paralympic golds, but “ve never” met in the final. They did just that at the last year’s World Championships, Canada reigning 4-1.

3) Marie Bochet triumphing stuff

It will be hard to miss the alpine skier Marie Bochet: is not simply is she carrying the French signal at the opening ceremony she is competing in five happenings and is favourite to win all of them. In Sochi she only ended four, but triumphed all of them and was reputation good female athlete of the Games.” I want to win everything, all the time ,” she says.

4) British parties acquiring stuff

Team GB want to delivering seven awards back from Pyeongchang, which would make it the nation’s most successful wintertime Paralympics for more than 30 years. The visually impaired skier Millie Knight, who aged 15 became Britain’s youngest ever winter Paralympian in 2014, acquired a gold and four silvers at last year’s World Championships and with her navigate, Brett Wild- on a crack from his epoch responsibility on a Royal Navy submarine- is considered the country’s best bet for glory.

5) Home success

South Korea have never won a Winter Paralympic gold medal but aim to scoop at least one- plus a silver-tongued and two coppers- this time. Nordic skier Eui Hyun Sin and alpine skier Jae Rim Yang are considered the most likely of their 36 representatives to surpas a platform.” I will rally a gold medallion and open a new page for South Korea’s history of disabled athletics ,” predicted Sin, who lost his leg in a car accident in 2006.

The delegating and crew from North Korea arrive at The Paralympic Village. Picture: HANDOUT/ Reuters

6) North Korea’s presence

For the first time North Korea will be represented at a Winter Paralympics, having cast two emulating athletes- Kim Jong Hyon and Ma Yu Chol, both sit-skiers- plus four spectator contestants and 18 coach-and-fours and functionaries. Unlike in the main Winter Olympics, nonetheless, they will not marching with their southern neighbours in the ceremony, because officials failed to agree on the specific characteristics of a single pennant in order to be allowed to carry.

7) Fewer Russians

In Sochi four years ago Russia didn’t so much top the medallion counter as fix their own in a different locality to everyone else’s, winning more goldens than the five next more successful people taken together, 30 in total. This time there will be 30 Russians in total, down from 69 last-place go, all of whom have surpassed at the least two anti-doping experiments in the last six months, and they will be participating as Neutral Paralympic Athletes rather than under their own, currently frowned-upon, flag.

8) Real snow

Not a lot of actual snowing happened during the Winter Olympics, when in excess of 90% of all snowfall on the trails and slopes was machine-made. But in the 24 hours from Wednesday morning this week more than 20 cm fell on Pyeongchang, and instead of hiring machines to produce it, seven excavators, eight dump trucks and 200 people were entered to take it away. Predicts, however, hint it will soon get worryingly warm.

9) Bears

The official mascot, Bandabi, is an Asiatic pitch-black countenance.” Bears are strong, brave and resolved people who stir the most of their circumvents ,” glowed Sir Philip Craven, the IPC president, and as an additional level of bonus” are also seen as affectionate and cuddly “. There will be various Bandabis patrolling the Paralympic venues- when organisers appealed for volunteers to crowd the 24 clothings more than 7,000 parties applied.

10) Clare Balding

Fresh from helming the BBC’s much-criticised coverage of the Winter Olympics, Clare Balding returns to host the Paralympics, live from Channel 4′ s specially-constructed studio in, er, Hemel Hempstead. More than 60% of the channel’s give crew are incapacitated, including three time Paralympic supporters and two wintertime Paralympic medalists, and the terminal will put out” about 100 hours” of related programming.

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