1992 Winter Paralympics

The 1992 Winter Paralympics (French: Les Ve Jeux paralympiques d'hiver) were the fifth Winter Paralympics. They were the first winter Paralympics to be celebrated concurrently with the Olympic Games. They were also the first ever Paralympics at any event in France. They were held in Tignes and Albertville, France, from 25 March to 1 April 1992. For the first time, demonstration events in Alpine and Nordic Skiing for athletes with an intellectual disability and Biathlon for athletes with a visual impairment were held.

V Paralympic Winter Games
Albertville Tignes 1992 Paralympics logo.jpg
Host cityTignes and Albertville, France
Nations24
Athletes365 (288 men and 77 women)
Events78 in 3 sports
Opening25 March
Closing1 April
Opened by
Cauldron
Luc Sabatier
StadiumStade Lognan
Winter
Summer
1992 Winter Olympics

SportsEdit

The games consisted of 79 events in three disciplines of two sports.[1]

Medal tableEdit

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

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  United States2016945
2  Germany1217938
3  Unified Team108321
4  Austria83920
5  Finland73414
6  France*64919
7  Norway55414
8  Switzerland38415
9  Canada24612
10  Poland2035
Totals (10 nations)756860203

Participating nationsEdit

Twenty four nations participated in the 1992 Winter Paralympics. Germany became an independent country after their reunification while Soviet Union was in the process of their country's dissolution. Estonia, Liechtenstein and South Korea made their debut appearances at the Winter Games.

MascotEdit

Alpy
 
Mascot of the 1992 Winter Paralympics (Tignes and Albertville)
CreatorVincent Thiebaut
SignificanceThe summit of the Grande Motte mountain in Tignes

The official mascot was Alpy, designed by Vincent Thiebaut, represented the summit of the Grande Motte mountain in Tignes. Alpy was shown on a mono-ski to demonstrate its athleticism and the colours of white, green and blue were used to represent purity/snow, hope/nature and discipline/the lake. The bird logo was designed by Jean-Michel Folon.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tignes-Albertville 1992". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Innsbruck
Winter Paralympics
TignesAlbertville

V Paralympic Winter Games (1992)
Succeeded by
Lillehammer