2006 Winter Paralympics
|Host city||Turin, Italy|
|Motto||Passion lives here|
(Italian: La passione vive qui)
|Events||58 in 4 sports|
2006 Winter Olympics
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The 2006 Winter Paralympic Games (Italian: Giochi paralimpici invernali del 2006), the ninth Paralympic Winter Games, 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.
Italy will host the Winter Paralympics again in 2026, scheduled to be held in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
The top 10 NPCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation (Italy) is highlighted.
|Totals (10 entries)||56||45||48||149|
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.
- Alpine skiing (24) ( )
- Ice sledge hockey (1) ( )
- Nordic skiing
- Biathlon (12) ( )
- Cross-country skiing (20) ( )
- Wheelchair curling (1) ( )
The sport venues were also used during the Winter Olympics, although not all Olympic venues were in use for the Paralympics.
Opening ceremonies was held at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino and the closing and awarding ceremonies were held at the Piaza Castello.
Alpine skiing events were held at Sestriere. Cross-country skiing and biathlon events were held shared by the Cesana San Sicario complex. All skiing athletes were accommodated in the Mountain Paralympic Village in Sestriere.
Ice sledge hockey was held in Torino Esposizioni and wheelchair curling was held in Pinerolo Palaghiaccio. These athletes were accommodated in the City Paralympic Village in Turin.
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.
Note that, although Greece was scheduled to compete, no Greek athlete took part in any event; the International Paralympic Committee does not list Greece as having entered any athlete in the Games, and considers that there were thirty-eight NPCs at the Games, rather than thirty-nine.
- Andorra (2)
- Armenia (2)
- Australia (10)
- Austria (25)
- Belarus (6)
- Belgium (1)
- Bulgaria (3)
- Canada (35)
- Chile (2)
- China (8)
- Croatia (1)
- Czech Republic (5)
- Denmark (6)
- Finland (7)
- France (19)
- Germany (35)
- Great Britain (20)
- Greece (1)
- Hungary (2)
- Iran (1)
- Italy (39) (Host)
- Japan (40)
- Kazakhstan (2)
- South Korea (3)
- Latvia (1)
- Mexico (1)
- Mongolia (1)
- New Zealand (2)
- Norway (29)
- Poland (11)
- Russia (29)
- Slovakia (17)
- Slovenia (1)
- South Africa (1)
- Spain (9)
- Sweden (19)
- Switzerland (21)
- Ukraine (12)
- United States (56)
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 was the only country who had sent an athlete to the Winter Paralympics but not the Olympics.
These are the second Paralympic Games to be held in Italy, which hosted the first Summer Paralympics in Rome in 1960.
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 and was the younger brother to the Olympic mascots Neve and Gliz.
Unable to fund the hosting themselves, the Olympic organizing committee TOROC sold the rights off to a company for an estimated US$40 million
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- ^ "10 Olympic Games That Nearly Bankrupted Their Host Countries". 19 January 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
- 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