On the first day of competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, a total of 12 sets of medals will be awarded. Olympic champions and medalists will be determined in downhill skiing and short distance biathlon.
At the Laura Cross-country Ski and Biathlon Center, biathletes will compete for medals in women's 6km and men’s 7.5 km. The biathletes competing are within a number of impairment categories - visually impaired and athletes with spinal cord injuries, who compete standing and sitting.
In the Coastal Cluster today, there will be competitions starting in wheelchair curling, which will be held at the Ice Cube Curling Center – the same venue as the Olympic Curling event.
In the Shaiba Arena, the first group of sledge hockey matches will be held. The Russian team, bronze medalists in the 2013 World Cup, will meet with the South Korean team in the opening game.