2006 Winter Paralympics
|IX Paralympic Winter Games|
|Host city||Turin, Italy|
|Events||58 in 4 sports|
|Opening ceremony||March 10|
|Closing ceremony||March 19|
|Officially opened by||President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi|
|Athlete's Oath||Fabrizio Zardini|
|Paralympic Torch||Silvia Battaglio
|Paralympic Stadium||Stadio Olimpico|
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The 2006 Winter Paralympic Games, the ninth Winter Paralympics, took place in Turin, Italy from 10 to 19 March 2006. These were the first Winter Paralympic Games to be held in Italy. They were also the first Paralympics to use the new Paralympics logo.
The top 10 NPCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation (Italy) is highlighted.
The Games featured 58 medal events in five disciplines of four sports. As with other Paralympic Games, medals are awarded for each classification within each event. The sport of wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut at these games.
The sport venues were also used during the Winter Olympics, although not all Olympic venues were in use for the Paralympics.
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Thirty-nine National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) entered athletes at the 2006 Winter Paralympics. This was an increase of three from the 36 represented at the 2002 Winter Paralympics. The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants from each NPC.
A total of 486 athletes participated in the Games, 385 male and 101 female. This is an increase from the 430 athletes participated in 2002. Despite overall increase of delegates and athletes, the following nations who participated in the 2002 Winter Paralympics did not send athletes to Turin.
Mexico is the only country who had sent an athlete to these Games but not the Winter Olympic Games in 2006.
These are the first Paralympic Games to feature a live webcast of events, hosted by ParalympicSport.TV.
The Games mascot is Aster, a star-shaped snowflake similar in design to the Olympic mascots Neve and Gliz.
- Official website of Torino Paralympics 2006 → Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
- Torino 2006 Paralympic Games (English) → Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
- International Paralympic Committee