Paralympic Cross-Country Skiing - Sitting Category Infographic Explanation - Image Courtesy of Allianz.com
The competitions are held over short, middle and long distances. From 2.5 to 20 kilometers. The racers start 30 seconds apart. The International Paralympic Committee makes use of the Nordic Percentage System which is a handicapping system for each category. That handicap time is added to the skiers time. The winner is the one with the lowest calculated time.
In the relay races, each team skier skies one leg of the circuit. The teams are made up from different categories that are balanced out so that each team is even starting out. This eliminates time calculations. The first team across the finish line is the winner.
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