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Rochelle
06-18-2012, 02:41 AM
I haven't seen this posted here yet... but this might be of interest to anyone who follows the Paralympic sporting events, or is all for grass-roots efforts of making figure skating opportunities accessible and improved for all.

To date ice skating is not a Paralympic event (but sledge hockey is).

There's mention on the facebook group below that the first ever "Dumfries Impaired Skating Trophy" was held as an international event for both speed skating and figure skating. Entries/Results for this competition can be found at http://www.impairedskating.org/information-about-our-competition-in-dumfries-may-2012/entries-results. Turnout is notable, but small with most figure skating entries from GBR/IRL. Speedskating had entrants from GBR, RUS, and CAN.

A report was submitted to the ISU, which can be accessed at http://www.impairedskating.org/planet/welcome-to-the-global-project-for-challenged-skaters (look for the link "ISU Report 2012 final"). They mention that this report received a mention at the ISU World Congress from David Dore.

They are aiming to be included in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics... with a dream of 2014 Sochi Russia.

BBC News Video:
Score system means ice skating could be Paralympic sport
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-18036979

Project for Impaired Skaters website:
http://www.impairedskating.org/planet/welcome-to-the-global-project-for-challenged-skaters

Project for Impaired Skaters facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ImpairedSkating (https://www.facebook.com/ImpairedSkating)

Skittl1321
06-18-2012, 05:09 PM
Very interesting! I am intrigued to see how it will be applied at the elite level, as Para-Olympians are amazing athletes.

Much of what is outlined in the documentation is competition at the basic skills/low freestyle levels, somewhat like Special Olympics. It is definitely a difficult task figuring out how to equalize the scoring for figure skating. Do any other subjectively judged sports have Para-Olympic representation?