On the penultimate day of competition of the Paralympic Games in Sochi, athletes will compete for seven sets of medals. In the Mountain Cluster athletes will compete in runs in the giant slalom and in the mixed and open cross-country relays, while the Coastal Cluster is the battleground for medals in team sports.
On the slopes of Rosa Khutor, athletes will try to cleanly and skillfully traverse the giant slalom course. They will have two runs and the total time determines the champions in the men's standing, sitting, visually impaired categories.
At Laura, cross-country skiers will compete in two relays - 4x2.5 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).
Exciting finals of team competitions will take place at the Coastal Cluster. At the Ice Cube arena, the best four teams in wheelchair curling will battle to advance to the finals. At 9:30 Great Britain takes on Russia, and in a nearby sheet at the same time, Canada meets China. Later in the day the winners of these matches will compete for the title of Paralympic champion, and the losers will compete for the bronze medal.
At the Shayba Arena, the highly anticipated gold medal match in ice sledge hockey will be held: semifinal match winners will meet in the finals. The United States, defending Paralympic champion in ice sledge hockey, will face Russia, who debuted in the tournament and have shown excellent technique during group matches. The game can’t leave anyone from the audience unimpressed: in the semifinals, both teams showed that giving up isn’t easy. Several hours before the final match will be the match between Canada and Norway, who trailed their opponents in the play-offs and now seek the bronze medal.