At MB2 Raceway we believe that riding a couple of inches of the ground
on our indoor track should get the adrenaline pumping.
However we fear we may not be able to compare to the thrill that some of
our Paralympians experienced when they competed for honours at the 2014
Paralympic Games in Sochi.Not only have many athletes overcome physical
challenges but for many they are overcame sensory challenges.
One of the most incredible competitions at the games are the downhill
skiers travelling at speeds of upto 60 miles per hour whilst clinically
blind.Imagine going to a ski slope closing your eyes and going at top
speed towards the bottom of the mountain. This is essentially the world
of downhill skiing for blind athletes, however they are not alone.
Blind or partially sighted downhill skiers compete with a guide who interacts
with the athlete using a bluetooth headset. This headset is used to give
real time instructions on the slopes. Information such as which way to
turn and the progress of the race.
There is no better way to explain the amazing skill of these riders than
a look at U.S. Paralympic bronze medalist Danelle Umstead who competes
with her husband as her guide.
She competed in Sochi 2014 finishing 4th
in the Super G class for the visually impaired. So although she narrowly missed out on
a medal we can all be in awe of the skill and sense of adventure required
to compete at the highest level in this sport.
A truly inspiring story and one that may give a new found interest in an
amazing competitive sport. In the meantime if you are looking for a thrilling
fun filled time why not join us on track. It may be warmer, flatter and
a lot less daunting but we are sure you’ll have a great time.
Finally ask yourself, would you ski down a mountain without being able to see?