Stephanie Jallen’s Road to Sochi is finally over. But the road to the medal stand has just begun.
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games began Saturday in Sochi, Russia, with Opening Ceremonies and the beginning of events. The Games will run until March 16.
NBC Sports Network will provide coverage of many events. But most of us will have to stay up to the wee hours of the morning to get a glimpse of the local alpine skier.
Jallen, a Wyoming Area student, will be competing in four different disciplines over the span of the games. Her disciplines are Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined.
The Harding native won’t get her Paralympic debut in until Monday when she takes part in the Super-G, which will air on NBC Sports Network from 2 to 5 a.m. EST.
The Super Combined portion of the games will be held on Tuesday, which will not be televised. The Slalom will be on Friday, also not televised.
Jallen’s Paralympics will be finished on Sunday, March 16, when she competes in the Giant Slalom. That event will be televised from 4:30 to 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Network.
Closing Ceremonies will air on Sunday as well, starting at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. The United State Olympic Committee will also provide event coverage on TeamUSA.org.
Jallen is a three-time World Cup medalist, a three-time National Championship medalist, a two-time NorAm Cup medalist and the 2009 Giant Slalom Junior National Champion.
Stephanie was born with a rare birth defect called CHILDS, Congenital Hemidysplasia with Ichthyosiform Erythroderma and Limb Defects Syndrome. CHILDS is a chromosomal disorder that affects the entire left side of the body, leaving Jallen with only one leg and one fully developed arm.
The Paralympics are truly one of the most interesting events every four years, however, it is to a much smaller scale than the Olympics.
There are nine days of competition in Sochi, which includes five sports: Alpine skiing and snowboarding, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling. There is a total of 72 events held at five venues in Sochi.
The Paralympics are categorized into three general categories: standing, sitting and visually impaired. Over 700 athletes across 45 different countries will be competing.