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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Tahoe Adaptive Competition Center Fundraiser Jan 12

Posted on January 2, 2013
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

Head to the Divided Sky for the Tahoe Adaptive Competition Center on Saturday January 12 at 8pm with music by the Sierra Drifters, raffles, Burton gear, local business donations, TACC merchandise and more!

Donations and cover charge at the door gets you in to help raise money for TACC.

Tahoe Adaptive Competition Center will host a rider camp on January 24-26 with the USASA boardercross event on January 27, 2013 at Sierra-at-Tahoe. The contest is the first team qualifier for the US Paralympic snowboard team and will guarantee all the best riders from the U.S. and around the world.

The Tahoe Adaptive Competition Center (TACC) trains athletes with disabilities in preparation for the Paralympic games, for US team selection, and for any local or regional competitions. In the winter of 2012-2013 we will focus on snowboardercross as this is the newest addition to the Paralympic roster.

TACC conducts training and coaches competitions at Sierra At Tahoe, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood. Sierra At Tahoe has a boardercross course set up the majority of the winter, and TACC will utilize this course as much as possible, and will have exclusive access to this course and Sierra and Heavenly coaches for camps.

Athletes will work with head coach Brent Kuemmerle on a daily basis. Additional coaching will be provided through both Sierra at Tahoe and the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard school, giving TACC riders the knowledge and attention needed to move to the next level.

Training is available 5 days a week until competition season begins, at which time the schedule will vary according to travel and competitions. The first IPC NorAm and US adaptive snowboard team selection will be at Sierra At Tahoe on January 27th 2013. US Paralympics (a division of the US Olympic Committee) has asked TACC to host both this event and a rider camp directly preceding this important first of its kind competition. International sport classification will be held in Tahoe as this is the first competition of the season in North America.

The Tahoe Adaptive Competition Center is open to participants of all levels and types of physical disability. For the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, however, the Paralympic Snowboard team is only open to lower body impairments.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) divides disability into 3 classes; standing, sitting, and visually impaired. Within each class are a number of different disabilities. The standing class for example covers all amputations (below knee, above knee, above elbow, etc.), Cerebral Palsy, hemiplegia, muscular dystrophy, etc. Each athlete is then “classified” by a medical sport professional to determine the level of ability. After classification the athlete is assigned a factor within the class. During competition the athletes raw time is multiplied by the classification factor for the adjusted final times. This process is similar (ironically enough) to “handicapping” in golf.

While the IPC has decided that only lower body impairments will race for Paralympic Medals in 2014, all standing athletes are encouraged to compete in the lead up to, but will not be able to race in, the next Paralympics. The 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will include more classes. All classes may compete in local and regional competitions.

Besides spending time on the snow, TACC athletes will do strength training and spend time familiarizing with languages and customs of countries they will be competing in.

 

Opportunities exist for athletes to train for the duration of the season, for a shorter term, or for competitions and camps only. Contact us for more information.

 

For those looking to enter the sport for the first time to those looking to shave a fraction of a second off their world cup times, TACC offers opportunities and a progressive fun environment to pursue your best time yet.

 

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