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WATCH LIVE: Sochi Paralympics, Day 1

Alana Nichols

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 06: Alana Nichols of USA trains for women’s Sitting Downhill Ski event during a training session at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center for the 2014 Winter Paralympics on March 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. on March 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Ian Walton

The first day of Paralympic action includes Alpine skiing’s marquee downhill events.

The U.S. is led by five-time Paralympic medalist Alana Nichols, the first American woman to win gold medals in the summer (wheelchair basketball) and winter.

Nichols will try to repeat as downhill sitting champion, while seven-time Paralympian Allison Jones and Danelle Umstead, who is guided by her husband in the visually impaired races, are also competing Saturday.

On the men’s side, watch out for Austrian Matthias Lanzinger, a former able-bodied skier who made a World Cup podium before he had his left leg amputated after a crash.

Alpine skiing, 1 a.m. ETCLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

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