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Special Olympics Alpine Skiing is a downhill skiing event in which all competitors have a physical or mental disability. Special Olympics alpine skiing is a winter sport that challenges the athlete's downhill racing ability and coordination; it is a competitive sport meant for athletes with physical or mental disabilities..As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Alpine skiing was first introduced as an Official Special Olympics Sport in 1977 at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. More than 300 athletes competed in Alpine skiing at the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. As of the 2005 Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report, 18,610 Special Olympics athletes compete in Alpine skiing.