Talan Skeels-Piggins - Super G 1_[274]_488_0_0The 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships were opened in the Sports Centre of Alp, a small village near La Molina, Spain, on Tuesday February 19.

From 20-27 February, 118 skiers from 29 countries will battle it out for gold in six events. With just over a year to go before the next Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the competition will be a key indicator of form.

Among the first British athletes to take to the slopes is Kelly Gallagher, who also represented ParalympicsGB at the Vancouver Games in 2010, where she placed 6th in the women’s Downhill and 4th in the Giant Slalom.

IPC President Sir Philip Craven said: “Since the 2011 World Championships in Sestriere a number of great rivalries have developed on the Alpine Skiing circuit and I expect these to take centre stage here this week.”

“Such competition for medals and rankings is great news for the sport and I expect the performance levels of athletes to reach new heights at these Championships.”

The World Championships is the last major event before the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

For more information, visit the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships La Molina homepage www.ipcalpineskiingworlds.org.