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Paralympic alpine skiing requires remarkable determination and skill. Athletes can travel at more than 100 kilometres per hour over steep, icy and treacherous terrain.
Australia has had a representative at every Winter Paralympic Games since their inception in 1976, and has won a Paralympic medal at every Games since Albertville in 1992, where Paralympic athlete Michael Milton claimed victory in the men’s slalom, becoming the first Australian to win an Olympic or Paralympic Winter medal.
About the program
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) provides direct support to the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC), which manages the sport’s Paralympic Preparation Program. Ten of the 14 athletes representing Australia at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Vancouver are AIS scholarship holders.
The Paralympic Preparation Program, which is overseen by APC/AIS head coach Steve Graham, trains standing, sitting and vision-impaired skiers (who ski with a sighted guide).
The program operates four snow training camps throughout the domestic season, dry land training camps prior to both the domestic and international seasons, and supports athletes to race and train in Europe and the United States for up to four months each year.
The program also prepares athletes for participation in Paralympic Winter Games, the National Alpine Championships and IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup events.
Skiers in the program receive strength and conditioning, sports medicine, psychology and therapeutic support from AIS specialists.
The combined efforts of the AIS and the APC has reaped success for the program, highlighted by two gold medals at the 2009 IPC World Alpine Skiing Championships and a 6th-place finish at the 2009 IPC World Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals.