Finland at the Paralympics

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Finland at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  FIN
NPC Finnish Paralympic Committee
Website www.paralympia.fi/en
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

Finland participated in the inaugural Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, with a single representative, swimmer Tauno Valkama - who won gold in his sole event, the 50m crawl. The country was absent from the 1964 Games, but returned in 1968, and has participated in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics. Finland has also taken part in every edition of the Winter Paralympics, from the first in 1976.[1]

Finland's 'awakening' to the Paralympics came in 1976, both at the inaugural Winter Games (where it finished third on the medal chart), and at the Summer Games, where it won fifty medals - forty-seven more than it had at the previous summer edition. The country performed strongly throughout the 1980s, then began to decline, in terms of both medal hauls and ranking. In 2004, Finns won only eight medals - the first time since 1972 that they had won fewer than ten. At the Winter Games, Finland was initially a major power, ranking in the top 3 until 1988, and in the top 10 until 2002, despite a gradual yet steady decline. At the 2006 Winter Games, Finland shockingly failed to win a single medal; the country won only a silver and a bronze in 2010.[2]

Medal tallies[edit]

Summer Paralympics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1960 Summer Paralympics 1 0 0 1 15th
1968 Summer Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
1972 Summer Paralympics 0 2 1 3 28th
1976 Summer Paralympics 12 20 18 50 13th
1980 Summer Paralympics 8 19 13 40 17th
1984 Summer Paralympics 19 13 26 58 15th
1988 Summer Paralympics 11 23 16 50 22nd
1992 Summer Paralympics 8 6 11 25 17th
1996 Summer Paralympics 4 5 4 13 30th
2000 Summer Paralympics 1 3 6 10 43rd
2004 Summer Paralympics 4 1 3 8 33rd
2008 Summer Paralympics 2 2 2 6 40th
2012 Summer Paralympics 4 1 1 6 27th

Winter Paralympics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1976 Winter Paralympics 8 7 7 22 3rd
1980 Winter Paralympics 15 7 12 32 2nd
1984 Winter Paralympics 19 9 6 34 2nd
1988 Winter Paralympics 9 8 8 25 4th
1992 Winter Paralympics 7 3 4 14 5th
1994 Winter Paralympics 6 7 12 25 7th
1998 Winter Paralympics 7 5 7 19 9th
2002 Winter Paralympics 4 1 3 8 9th
2006 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
2010 Winter Paralympics 0 1 1 2 17th

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