1976 Winter Paralympics

The 1976 Winter Paralympic Games (Swedish: Paralympiska vinterspelen 1976) were the first Winter Paralympics. They were held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, from 21 to 28 February 1976. The disabilities included in this Paralympics were blindness and amputees. Sixteen countries took part with 196 athletes.[1] There were competitions in Alpine and Nordic skiing for amputee and visually impaired athletes, and a demonstration event in ice sledge racing.[2]

I Paralympic Winter Games
Örnsköldsvik 1976 Paralympics logo.png
Host cityÖrnsköldsvik, Sweden
Nations16
Athletes53
Events53 in 2 sports
Opening21 February
Closing28 February
Opened by
StadiumKempehallen
Winter
Summer

They were originally known as the 1st Winter Olympic Games for the Disabled.[3][4]

SportsEdit

The games consisted of 2 sports.

Medal tableEdit

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

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  West Germany1012628
2  Switzerland101112
3  Finland87722
4  Norway73212
5  Sweden*67720
6  Austria5161435
7  Czechoslovakia3003
8  France2035
9  Canada2024
Totals (9 nations)534642141

Participating Paralympic CommitteesEdit

The following nations took part. In brackets is the number of athletes per nation.[5]

Participating National Paralympic Committees

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Örnsköldsvik 1976 Paralympic Winter Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Örnsköldsvik 1976". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  3. ^ History and Use of the Term Paralympic, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  4. ^ Paralympics (Swedish), biblioteket.se
  5. ^ "Participation Numbers – Örnsköldsvik 1976 Paralympic Winter Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 3 April 2010.

External linksEdit

New sporting event Winter Paralympics
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I Paralympic Winter Games (1976)
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