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IX TORINO 2006 PARALYMPICS WINTER GAMES March 10-19 2006 La Presse - Cesana San Sicario - View of the Biathlon facility CLASSIFICATION AT THE TORINO 2006 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES Classification is simply a structure for competition, providing a means to categorize athletes according to their ability to perform certain movements and tasks of a particular sport so that their sport performance is compared to other athletes with similar ability. This forms the framework for competition. The objective of classification is to allow competitive success to be determined by strategies, skills and talent of athletes and teams and not due solely to the function determined by the athletes’ physical, sensorial or intellectual ability. Traditionally, there are six different athlete groups in the Paralympic Movement. Historically, athletes were assigned to an athlete group based on medical diagnosis and associated impairment: Athletes with amputation Athletes with cerebral palsy Athletes with visual impairment Athletes with spinal injuries Athletes with intellectual disability Athletes called ‘Les Autres’ (a group of athletes not covered by other sport organizations and classification systems) The Classification process helps form the rules and regulations for each sport. Each sport on the Paralympic Programme has defined its own method by which athletes are allocated sport classes. To do this Sports certify and appoint individuals to conduct the process of classification. These people are known as classifiers. A variety of processes, including physical and technical examination and observation in and out of competition, help determine an athlete’s sport class. Classifiers assign sport classes through a variety of sport specific and general evaluations that determine the level of movement and function of each athlete. The length of time necessary to determine the sport class varies by sport (ie. one hour to one day). Classification is an on-going process. When athletes start competing, they are allocated a sport class and may be classified a number of times throughout their careers. If an athlete’s condition improves or deteriorates, for example, the athlete’s sport class may change. Athletes are assigned a sport class based on the relevant sport regulations. For most sports, a specific letter and number combination is used (LW10, B1, etc). In general, the higher sport class number indicates more function and less impairment, while the lower sport class number indicates less function and more impairment (unless otherwise stated in the specific sport rules). For example, a B1 athlete is totally blind, while a B3 athlete is partially sighted. In all sports on the Winter Paralympic Programme, athletes from a variety of athlete groups compete together. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Official Paralympics website: http://www.paralympicgames.torino2006.org/ENG/ParalympicGames/home/index.html ALL THE WINNERS ~~ Select by event, date, nation, or ALL http://www.paralympicgames.torino2006.org/ENG/ParalympicGames/sport_ed_atleti/tutti_i_vincitori.html
#71   Auf Wiedersehen Torino BOREALIS 03/21/06 09:27:29 PM
#70   ALL THE WINNERS ~~ Select by event, date, BOREALIS 03/21/06 09:09:11 PM
#69   Tiziana Nasi: thanks to everyone but the work BOREALIS 03/21/06 09:03:32 PM
#68   Dream-like Paralympics: Thank You Torino » BOREALIS 03/21/06 08:59:03 PM
#67   Misc. MEN'S SKIING, March 19 BOREALIS 03/21/06 08:52:35 PM
#66   Misc. WOMEN'S SKIING, March 19 BOREALIS 03/21/06 08:28:43 PM
#65   WOMEN'S SLALOM SITTING SKIING, March 19 BOREALIS 03/21/06 08:06:28 PM
#64   MEN'S SLALOM SITTING SKIING, March 19 BOREALIS 03/21/06 07:58:26 PM
#63   Vauchok and Kostiuk Dominate the Long Distance, Fourth BOREALIS 03/18/06 08:46:40 PM
#62   Medal Winners MEN'S SKIING, Mar 18 BOREALIS 03/18/06 08:42:56 PM
#61   Medal Winners WOMEN'S SKIING, Mar 18 BOREALIS 03/18/06 08:42:36 PM
#60   WHEELCHAIR CURLING, Mar 18 BOREALIS 03/18/06 08:02:24 PM
#59   Medal Winners ICE SLEDGE HOCKEY, Mar 18 BOREALIS 03/18/06 07:57:46 PM
#58   Paralympic Mountains Celebrate BOREALIS 03/17/06 09:01:59 PM
#57   Cross-Country Skiing - 17 March BOREALIS 03/17/06 08:53:30 PM
#56   MEN'S ALPINE SKIING - March 17 BOREALIS 03/17/06 08:43:07 PM
#55   WOMEN'S ALPINE SKIING - March 17 BOREALIS 03/17/06 08:41:14 PM
#54   Standing Giant Slalom, Mar 16: A Record Schoenfelder, BOREALIS 03/16/06 08:13:47 PM
#53   Ice Sledge Hockey Final also Broadcast in Piazza BOREALIS 03/16/06 08:03:38 PM
#52   Paralympics: From Japan to Africa, a Record Audience BOREALIS 03/16/06 08:00:32 PM
#51   Alpine Skiing - 16 March BOREALIS 03/16/06 07:55:06 PM
#50   Ice Sledge Hockey - 16 March BOREALIS 03/16/06 07:37:24 PM
#49   Ice Sledge Hockey: Sport as a Life’s Lesson BOREALIS 03/16/06 07:10:06 PM
#48   Misc. Skiing, March 145 BOREALIS 03/15/06 08:21:19 PM
#47   Cross-Country Skiing: Russia and United States Take a BOREALIS 03/15/06 08:07:29 PM
#46   Ice Sledge Hockey: Norway and Germany Win the BOREALIS 03/15/06 08:04:47 PM
#45   Voices from… Ukrainian Pragelato BOREALIS 03/15/06 08:02:30 PM
#44   Ten Thousand People Applauded De Gregori and the BOREALIS 03/15/06 07:58:10 PM
#43   New technology to overcome disability BOREALIS 03/14/06 09:56:43 PM
#42   The Torino Games, a Showcase for Sport for BOREALIS 03/14/06 09:50:07 PM
#41   It's amazing how the athletes are so determined, BOREALIS 03/14/06 09:43:12 PM
#40   Great Gold for Dal Maistro and another Bronze BOREALIS 03/14/06 09:32:17 PM
#39   Misc. skiing events - March 14 BOREALIS 03/14/06 09:05:54 PM
#38   5 K in 12:36.2 minutes. That's 3.1 miles BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:50:21 PM
#37   Paralympian XCer cooking on high heat BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:45:38 PM
#36   Wheelchair Curling - 13 March BOREALIS 03/14/06 08:45:18 PM
#35   Laurie Stephens wins super G in Torino BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:43:41 PM
#34   I'm playing catch up. BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:39:58 PM
#33   Voting For the 2006 U.S. Paralympic Spirit Award BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:39:05 PM
#32   http://player.narrowstep.tv/default.aspx?player=paralympicsporttv BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:37:37 PM
#31   Internet TV to Broadcast Live from 2006 Paralympic BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:36:50 PM
#30   Paralympics deserve more respect on the broadcast stage BullNBear52 03/14/06 08:35:51 PM
#29   Ice Sled action. March 11, 12, 2006 at BOREALIS 03/13/06 07:14:47 PM
#28   A few Skiing Medal Winers, March 12, 2006 BOREALIS 03/13/06 06:45:14 PM
#27   An Interview with Gregory Leperdi BOREALIS 03/12/06 08:10:14 PM
#26   An interview with Florian Planker BOREALIS 03/12/06 08:08:40 PM
#25   Francesca Porcellato: from Track to Skis BOREALIS 03/12/06 08:05:40 PM
#24   An interview with Monica Bascio BOREALIS 03/12/06 08:01:47 PM
#23   An interview with Emanuele Pagnini BOREALIS 03/12/06 07:58:06 PM
#22   An interview with Gianmaria Dal Maistro BOREALIS 03/12/06 07:54:10 PM
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