March 1 - Skiers including Marie Bochet, Jon Santacana and Brian McKeever dominate the shortlist for February's International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athlete of the Month award after their outstanding performances at the Alpine and Nordic Skiing World Championships.
French teenager Bochet (pictured top) won gold medals in all five of her events – the downhill, giant slalom, slalom, super combined and super-G – at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, while visually impaired Spanish skier Santacana reigned supreme in the downhill, giant slalom and super-G on his home slopes.
Japan's Taiki Morii also features on the shortlist after the sit skier won gold in the giant slalom, super combined and super-G events in Spain, in addition to picking up a silver in the slalom discipline.
Canadian seven-time Paralympic champion McKeever won golds in both of his races in the first three days of the 2013 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Sollefteå, finishing first in the visually impaired cross-country sprint, as well as the cross-country long 20 kilometre event.
Vancouver 2010 silver and bronze medallist Roman Petushkov of Russia won two gold medals in the sitting cross country sprint and cross country long 15km races, as well as a bronze in the biathlon short 7.5km, at that same competition in Sweden to also feature on the IPC Athlete of the Month shortlist.
Canada's wheelchair curling team complete the shortlist for the award after the squad won their third title in the sport after defeating Sweden 4-3 at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic test event at the Ice Cube Curling Centre in the Russian city.
The IPC Athlete of the Month nominations are compiled from submissions by National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs), and the public has until 17:00 (CEST) next Friday (March 8) to vote for which athlete they think should win by clicking here.
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