Netherlands at the Paralympics

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Netherlands at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  NED
NPC Nederlands Olympisch Comité *
Nederlandse Sport Federatie
Website paralympisch.nl (Dutch)
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

The Netherlands participated in the inaugural Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, where it sent a delegation of five athletes. The country has participated in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics. It made its Winter Paralympics début in 1984, and has taken part in every subsequent edition of the Games, except 2006. The Netherlands was the host country of the 1980 Summer Paralympics, in Arnhem.[1]

Dutch athletes have won a total of 622 Paralympic medals, of which 239 gold, 208 silver and 175 bronze. 612 of these medals (including 237 of the gold) were won at the Summer Paralympics. This places the Netherlands ninth on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table - behind the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Germany, Austria and Poland.[2]

The Netherlands’ most successful Games, in terms of ranking, were the 1976 Summer Games in Toronto, when it finished second (behind the United States). Numerically, the country won most medals at the 1984 Summer Games in New York and Stoke Mandeville: 135 medals, of which 55 gold. The Netherlands consistently ranked in the top ten until 1996, included. Since then, they have experienced something of a decline. The 2004 Games marked the first time since 1964 that the Dutch had failed to win at least ten gold medals; they won five, and ranked at an all-time low of 27th.[3]

Majorie van de Bunt is, to date, the only Dutch athlete to have won medals at the Winter Paralympics. She won a gold in biathlon and three bronze in cross-country skiing in 1994, then a silver and a bronze in 1998, and a gold (in biathlon) and three silver (in cross-country skiing) in 2002. She has not competed again at the Paralympics since that date. The Netherlands were absent from the 2006 Games, and sent only a one-man delegation (Kees-Jan van der Klooster) to compete in alpine skiing in 2010; he did not win any medals.[4]

Medal tallies[edit]

Summer Paralympics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1960 Summer Paralympics 3 6 0 9 8th
1964 Summer Paralympics 4 6 4 14 10th
1968 Summer Paralympics 12 4 4 20 8th
1972 Summer Paralympics 14 13 11 38 5th
1976 Summer Paralympics 45 25 14 84 2nd
1980 Summer Paralympics 33 31 36 100 6th
1984 Summer Paralympics 55 52 28 135 7th
1988 Summer Paralympics 31 25 30 86 8th
1992 Summer Paralympics 14 14 11 39 9th
1996 Summer Paralympics 17 11 17 45 8th
2000 Summer Paralympics 12 9 9 30 15th
2004 Summer Paralympics 5 11 13 29 27th
2008 Summer Paralympics 5 10 7 22 19th
2012 Summer Paralympics 10 10 19 39 10th

Winter Paralympics[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
1976 Winter Paralympics did not participate
1980 Winter Paralympics did not participate
1984 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
1988 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
1992 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
1994 Winter Paralympics 1 0 3 4 15th
1998 Winter Paralympics 0 1 1 2 20th
2002 Winter Paralympics 1 3 0 4 15th
2006 Winter Paralympics did not participate
2010 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
2014 Winter Paralympics 1 0 0 1 14th

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee