Gallery: Snowboarding practice

By Buzz Covington and Joe Kusumoto | March 13, 2014, 9:30 a.m. (ET)

On March 14, history will be made at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games as men and women’s snowboard cross will debut in the Paralympic program. The International Paralympic Committee announced the decision to add snowboard cross to the alpine skiing program for 2014 on May 2, 2012. With five female and five male riders in the Sochi competition, including No. 1 Mike Shea and Evan Strong and No. 3 Keith Gabel on the men’s side, and No. 2 Heidi Jo Duce and Amy Purdy on the women’s side, Team USA looks to win multiple medals. On the 2013-14 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing Para-Snowboard World Cup circuit, the United States finished 21,605 points ahead of the Netherlands to win the first nations cup. The U.S. team practiced on March 13.