Canada at the Paralympics

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Canada at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  CAN
NPC Canadian Paralympic Committee
Website http://www.paralympic.ca/
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games

Canada has participated eleven times in the Summer Paralympic Games and in all Winter Paralympic Games. They first competed at the Summer Games in 1968 and the Winter Games in 1976.

Milestones[edit]

At the 2000 Summer Paralympics, Stephanie Dixon sets the Canadian record for most gold medals at a single Paralympics, Winter or Summer, with 5.[1]

At the 2002 Winter Paralympics, Canada set a new total Canadian gold medal record haul at a Winter Paralympics, with 6.[2]

At the 2004 Summer Paralympics, Chantal Petitclerc ties the 5 gold medal record at a single Games.[1] She also won the demonstration sport of Wheelchair Racing in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, Chantal Petitclerc again ties the 5 gold medal record at a single Games.[1]

In 2010, Brian McKeever of Canada became the first athlete in the world to be named to the Winter Paralympics and Winter Olympics teams in the same year. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, he was scheduled to compete in the men's 50 km cross-country race.[3][4][5]

At the 2010 Winter Paralympics, Viviane Forest became the first para-athlete to win a gold in both the Winter and Summer Games, by winning the Women's Downhill for Visually Impaired. She had previously won gold in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Paralympics for women's goalball.[6][7]

Lauren Woolstencroft became the first Canadian to win 3 golds at the same Winter Paralympics, at the 2010 edition,[8] this was eventually upped to 5 golds. With her 4th gold medal, she helped Canada set a record for most gold medals at any Winter Paralympic Games by winning the 7th medal. The previous mark was six, set at the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics.[2] With her 5th gold medal, she set the record for most gold medals won by any Winter Paralympian at a single Games, and she tied the record for gold medal haul of any Canadian Paralympian at a single Games, tying Chantal Petitclerc (who did the feat twice) and Stephanie Dixon, both Summer Paralympians.[1] Her five gold are also the record for any Canadian Winter Paralympian or Olympian.[9]

At the 2010 Games, Canada collected the most total medals and the most gold medals of any Winter Paralympics, up through 2010 for Canada, with 19 total medals, and 10 golds.[10]

Hosting the Games[edit]

Canada has hosted the Games twice.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1976 Summer Paralympics Toronto August 3 to August 11, 1976 32 1657 447 in 13 sports
2010 Winter Paralympics Vancouver March 12 to March 21, 2010 44 506 64 in 5 sports

In 1976, and in 2010, Canada also hosted the Olympic Games counterpart, the 1976 Summer Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics respectively. Canada did not host the Paralympic Games counterpart to the 1988 Winter Olympics that was hosted in Canada. The 1988 Winter Olympics was the last Winter Olympics that the host city did not also host the Winter Paralympics. The 1988 Summer Paralympics was the first Paralympics to be linked to the hosting of the Summer Olympics. The 1976 Summer Olympics were hosted in Montreal, and not linked to the Toronto Paralympiad.

Medals[edit]

The ranking in these table is based on information provided by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and is consistent with IPC convention in its published medal tables, ordered first of all by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won, followed by the number of silver medals and then the number of bronze medals.

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1968 Tel-Aviv 6 6 7 19 12
1972 Heidelberg 5 6 8 19 13
1976 Toronto (Host) 25 26 26 77 6
1980 Arnhem 64 35 31 130 4
1984 New York-Stoke Mandeville 87 82 69 238 3
1988 Seoul 54 42 55 151 4
1992 Barcelona 28 21 26 75 6
1996 Atlanta 24 24 24 72 7
2000 Sydney 38 33 25 96 3
2004 Athens 28 19 25 72 3
2008 Beijing 19 10 21 50 7
2012 London 7 15 9 31 20
Total 385 319 329 1033

Medals by Winter Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1976 Örnsköldsvik 2 0 2 4 9
1980 Geilo 2 3 1 6 8
1984 Innsbruck 2 8 4 14 10
1988 Innsbruck 5 3 5 13 8
1992 Tignes-Albertsville 2 4 6 12 9
1994 Lillehammer 1 2 5 8 14
1998 Nagano 1 9 5 15 15
2002 Salt Lake City 6 4 5 15 6
2006 Turin 5 3 5 13 6
2010 Vancouver (Host) 10 5 4 19 3
2014 Sochi 7 2 7 16 3
Total 33 32 45 110

Medals by sport[edit]

Records[edit]

Top Medal earners[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Vancouver Sun, "Woolstencroft wins fifth gold medal", CanWest News Service, 21 March 2010 (accessed 21 March 2010)
  2. ^ a b Canadian Paralympic Committee, "Woolstencroft lifts Canada to record winter paralympic performance", CPC, 19 March 2010 (accessed 19 March 2010)
  3. ^ Vancouver Sun, "Legally blind skier embodies the Olympic ideal", Miro Cernetig, 17 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  4. ^ Associated Press, "Canada's McKeever to ski at Olympics, Paralympics", Rachel Cohen, 17 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  5. ^ Boston Herald, "Blind Olympian doesn’t believe in limits", Steve Kelley, 20 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  6. ^ Vancouver Sun, "Paralympic para-alpine skiing: Canada’s Viviane Forest does the trifecta, wins visually impaired downhill gold", Mike Beamish, 18 March 2010 (accessed 19 March 2010)
  7. ^ Vancouver Sun, "Para-alpine star Viviane Forest has potential for huge Games medal haul", John Korobanik, 11 March 2010 (accessed 19 March 2010)
  8. ^ The Province, "Nation thrills at triple gold win", Ian Austin, 19 March 2010 (accessed 19 March 2010)
  9. ^ CTV News Channel, "News Weekend", 10:15am broadcast, airdate 21 March 2010
  10. ^ Canada News Wire, "Canada concludes most successful Paralympic Winter Games", CNW Telbec, 22 March 2010 (accessed 24 March 2010)