1998 Winter Paralympics

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VII Paralympic Winter Games
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Host city Nagano, Nagano, Japan
Motto Games from the Heart
Nations participating 32
Athletes participating 571
Events 122 in 4 sports
Opening ceremony March 5
Closing ceremony March 14
Officially opened by Crown Prince Naruhito
Athlete's Oath Yonoe Ryuei
Paralympic Torch Naoya Maruyama
Paralympic Stadium M-Wave
Winter:
Lillehammer 1994 Salt Lake 2002  >
Summer:
Atlanta 1996 Sydney 2000  >

The 1998 Winter Paralympics, the seventh Winter Paralympics, were held alongside the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan from March 5 to March 14, 1998. They were the first Paralympic Winter Games to be held outside Europe. 571 athletes competed in Nagano; it still remains the highest number of athletes competing at any Winter Paralympics.[1]

Sports[edit]

The games consisted of 34 events in four sports: alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Ice sledge racing, and nordic skiing. The sport of Nordic skiing comprised two disciplines, the biathlon and cross-country skiing.[2]

Medal table[edit]

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

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway 18 9 13 40
2 Germany 14 17 13 44
3 United States 13 8 13 34
4 Japan 12 16 13 41
5 Russia 12 10 9 31
6 Switzerland 10 5 8 23
7 Spain 8 0 0 8
8 Austria 7 16 11 34
9 Finland 7 5 7 19
10 France 5 9 8 22

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winter Games Overview". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nagano 1998". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 

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