West Germany at the 1976 Winter Paralympics

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West Germany at the Paralympic Games

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At the 1976 Winter Paralympics in Örnsköldsvik
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The West Germany competed at the 1976 Winter Paralympics in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden from February 21 to 28, 1976.[1] The team finished first out of the sixteen competing nations in the medal table and won twenty eight medals: ten gold, twelve silver and six bronze.[2] Athletes from West Germany competed in 76 events in two sports: Alpine Skiing and Cross Country Skiing.[3] West Germany won 17 medals in Alpine Skiing: eight gold, seven silver and two bronze, whereas it won 15 medals in Cross Country Skiing: two gold, seven silver and six bronze.[3]

Disability classifications[edit]

The Paralympics groups athletes' disabilities into one of five disability categories; amputation, the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes, there is often overlap between this and other categories; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis.[4][5] Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing.[6]

Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine Skiing[edit]

Petra Merkott won three gold medals in Women's Alpine Combination IV B, Women's Giant Slalom IV B and Women's Slalom IV B.[3] Annemie Schneider also won three gold medals in Women's Alpine Combination IB, Women's Giant Slalom I and Women's Slalom I.[3] Other medalists included Traudl Weber, who won three silver medal; Hans Strasser who won one gold, one silver and one bronze; Richard Prager who won two silver medals; Ulli Helmbold who won one gold; and Peter Braun who won one bronze.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Paralympic Games History – Winter". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Medal Standings Örnsköldsvik 1976 Paralympic Winter Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e West Germany at the 1976 Winter Paralympics on paralympic.org
  4. ^ "Paralympics categories explained". ABC. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Making sense of the categories". BBC Sport. 6 October 2000. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2011.