Tyler McKenzie competes in Para alpine skiing. (Photo: Hanger Clinic)
The 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships were supposed to be held this past February in Lillehammer, Norway, but because of COVID-19, organizers decided to push it to 2022.
The new dates were announced earlier this month and the event — which will include the world championships for para alpine, para snowboard and para Nordic for the first time ever — will be Jan. 8-23, 2022.
With the unusual situation of the Paralympic Winter Games and world championships being held the same year, the competition will be fierce with athletes looking to secure their spots in Beijing with a big performance in Lillehammer. It will also be the largest para snow sports event in Norway since the Paralympic Winter Games in 1994.
Up-And-Coming Athlete Alert
TeamUSA.org featured athlete Tyler McKenzie, a Paralympic hopeful who’s balancing his own competition career with coaching kids with the Brighton Ski Team in Salt Lake City. According to his LinkedIn profile, McKenzie is the head alpine race coach for athletes ages 10 to 11 and assistant to program director for athletes ages 12 to 14. He’s also responsible for the safety, organization, mentorship, support, equipment and development of athletes ages 10 to 14 as part of the Brighton Competition Program.
McKenzie recently participated in the national championships at Winter Park. His best finish was fourth place in the standing giant slalom.
Check Out These Moves
Para Snow Sports shared a sweet video of sit skier Jay Rawe launching into a cork-3 cork-7 combo.
You can read more about Rawe in this 2019 profile in Outdoor Magazine.
Who’s getting vaccinated? Andrew Kurka, that’s who. The reigning Paralympic gold medalist in downhill shared a video of him getting his COVID-19 shot.
Kurka also posted a new installment of Mono Skiing 101, a series of video shorts he’s been sharing to his social media accounts that break down what beginners need to know about the sport. In this one, he tackles the visual and physical basics of the race turn and falling leaf drill.
Scouting The Competition
With Beijing less than a year away, paralympic.org profiled the Chinese para alpine team and its rise from just one skier at the 2018 Paralympics to a group expected to contend for medals on home turf.
Saying Thanks To A Helper
In this story out of Milwaukee, area veterans with disabilities are saying thank you to Joyce Casey. The recreational therapist helped numerous veterans get back into sports over the years and with COVID-19 a big retirement party wasn’t possible.