Disabled skiing at the Winter Olympics

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Disabled skiing was a demonstration event at the Winter Olympic Games on two occasions, in 1984 and 1988. Afterwards, the Paralympic Games were held in the same location as the Olympics and it was judged that as a demonstration event it was redundant. At the 1984 and 1988 Games, medals were awarded to the top three positions, but these medals were smaller in size and did not contribute to the overall medal count.

1984 Winter Olympics[edit]

At the 1984 Games in Sarajevo, four events in paralympic alpine skiing were contested, all for men only. Giant slalom races were held for four different standing disability classes.

Event First Second Third
Giant slalom for
above-the-knee amputees
 Alexander Spitz (FRG)  Reiner Bergman (AUT)  David Jamison (USA)
Giant slalom for
below-knee amputees
 Markus Ramsauer (AUT)  Josef Meusburger (AUT)  Bill Latimer (USA)
Giant slalom for
single-arm amputees
 Paul Keukomm (SUI)  Dietmar Schweninger (AUT)  Rolf Heinzmann (SUI)
Giant slalom for
double-arm amputees
 Lars Lundstroem (SWE)  Felix Abele (FRG)  Cato Zahl Pedersen (NOR)

1988 Winter Olympics[edit]

At the 1988 Games in Calgary, events were held in paralympic alpine skiing for both men and women (giant slalom for a single standing disability class), and in paralympic cross-country skiing for both men and women (5 km for the visually impaired).

Event First Second Third
Men's giant slalom for
above-the-knee amputees
 Alexander Spitz (FRG)  Greg Mannino (USA)  Fritz Berger (SUI)
Women's giant slalom for
above-the-knee amputees
 Diana Golden (USA)  Cathy Gentile (USA)  Martha Hill (USA)
Men's 5 km cross-country
for blinds
 Hans Anton Aalien (NOR)  Ake Petterson (SWE)  Asmund Tveit (NOR)
Women's 5 km cross-country
for blinds
 Veronika Preining (AUT)  Kirsti Pennanen (FIN)  Margret Heger (AUT)


  • The Official Report of the Organising Committee of the XlVth Winter Olympic Games 1984 at Sarajevo (PDF) (PDF). p. 17. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  • XV Winter Olympic Games Official Report (PDF) (PDF). ISBN 0-921060-26-2. Retrieved 2007-03-26.