1994 Winter Paralympics

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V Paralympic Winter Games
1994 Winter Paralympics logo.svg
Host cityLillehammer, Norway
MottoNo Limits
(Norwegian: Ingen Grenser)
Events133 in 5 sports
Opening10 March
Closing19 March
Opened byQueen Sonja
CauldronHelge Bjørnstad
StadiumHåkons Hall
1992 Nagano 1998
Barcelona 1992 Atlanta 1996

The 1994 Winter Paralympics (Norwegian: Paralympiske vinterleker 1994), the sixth Winter Paralympics, were held in Lillehammer, Norway, from 10–19 March 1994. These Games marked the first time the Paralympic Winter Games were held in the same location as the Winter Olympics, a tradition that has continued through an agreement of cooperation between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Ice sledge hockey, which became an immediate crowd favorite, was added to the program.

These Paralympic Games are the only to be held two years after the previous Games due to the shift in the Summer and Winter games schedule. The 1994 Winter Games were the first Paralympic Games organized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Symbol and mascot of the games[edit]

The Games were represented by an emblem depicting the sun people. This image portrayed the ideas of power, vitality, strength and energy, all of which are characteristics of the athletes who took part. These characteristics were also to be found in the mascot Sondre, the troll. Sondre, who was also an amputee, was the result of a nationwide school competition won by Janne Solem. The mascot was then designed to its final appearance by Tor Lindrupsen. The name for the mascot was chosen in a separate competition and derives from the great skiing pioneer Sondre Nordheim.



The 1994 Paralympics consisted of five disciplines in four sports. Ice sledge hockey made its Paralympic debut at these games.[1]


Medal table[edit]

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

1 Norway*29221364
2 Germany25211864
3 United States2412743
4 France1461131
5 Russia1012830
6 Austria7161235
7 Finland671225
8 Sweden3328
9 Australia3249
10 New Zealand3036
Totals (10 nations)12410190315

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lillehammer 1994". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-12.

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