March 5 - Sochi's Rosa Khutor centre has been named to host the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Cup finals, with the events to take place at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games venue.
The likes of recently crowned champions from the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, such as France's Marie Bochet, Spaniard Jon Santacana, Austrian Claudia Loesch and Japan's Taiki Morii, as well as home hope Alexandra Frantseva, will join more than 120 of the world's top athletes in the sport, from 20 nations, to compete at the facility on March 8-11.
Russia will be particularly strong on home ice at the competition, with athletes including 23-year-old Alexander Alyabyev, who came second in the overall men's rankings at the IPC World Cup in 2011/12 and finished first in the slalom, and Frantseva, who claimed three gold medals at the 2013 World Championships, being the ones to watch out for.
Featuring the downhill, super-combined, super-G and slalom events, the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup finals will also act as a test event ahead of the Sochi 2014 Paralympics, which get underway in one year's time from Thursday (March 7).
"Dear athletes, welcome to the IPC World Cup Finals in Rosa Khutor, the slopes of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games," Sylvana Mestre, chair of IPC Alpine Skiing, said.
"You are going to race in a challenging, interesting and fun slope.
"I hope this test event will give you a taste of what the Paralympic Games will be next year."
The Olympic and Paralympic venue is currently playing host to 23 athletes from 10 countries competing at the IPC snowboard cross tournament, which is the sport's first test event ahead of its Paralympic Games debut at Sochi 2014.
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