1988 Winter Paralympics

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IV Paralympic Winter Games
Innsbruck 1988 Paralympics logo.png
Host city Innsbruck, Austria
Nations participating 22
Athletes participating 377
Events 96 in 4 sports
Opening ceremony 17 January
Closing ceremony 24 January
Officially opened by Kurt Waldheim
Winter:
Innsbruck 1984 Tignes-Albertville 1992  >
Summer:
Stoke Mandeville/New York 1984 Seoul 1988  >

The 1988 Winter Paralympic Games were the fourth Winter Paralympics, held again in Innsbruck, Austria. These were the last Winter Paralympics to be held in a separate location from the Winter Olympics. Beginning in 1992, the Olympics and the Paralympics were held in the same city or in an adjacent city. These Paralympics were not held at the same Olympic venue in Calgary, Canada, because of financial and recruiting difficulties. A total of 377 athletes from 22 countries took part. The USSR competed for the first time. Sit-skiing was introduced as another event in both the Alpine and Nordic skiing competitions. Other sports were biathlon and ice sledge speed racing. Ice sledge speed racer Knut Lundstroem from Norway was the most successful athlete, winning four gold medals in the 100m, 500m, 1000m and 1500m events.[1]

Sports[edit]

Medal table[edit]

Participating countries; first time participants are blue.

The top 10 NPCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation (Austria) is highlighted.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway 25 21 14 60
2 Austria 20 10 14 44
3 West Germany 9 11 10 30
4 Finland 9 8 8 25
5 Switzerland 8 7 8 23
6 United States 7 17 6 30
7 France 5 5 3 13
8 Canada 5 3 5 13
9 Sweden 3 7 5 15
10 Italy 3 0 6 9

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Innsbruck 1988". International Paralympic Committee. 

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