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The 1998 Winter Paralympics (第七回パラリンピック冬季競技大会, Dai Shichi-kai Pararinpikku Tōkikyōgi Taikai), the seventh Winter Paralympics, were held alongside the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan from March 5 to March 14, 1998. They were the first Paralympic Winter Games to be held outside Europe. 571 athletes competed in Nagano; it still remains the highest number of athletes competing at any Winter Paralympics.[1]

VI Paralympic Winter Games
1998 Winter Paralympics logo.svg
Host cityNagano, Japan
MottoGames from the Heart
(Japanese: 心からの大会)
Nations32
Athletes571
Events122 in 4 sports
Opening5 March
Closing14 March
Opened by
Cauldron
Naoya Maruyama
StadiumM-Wave
Winter
Lillehammer 1994 Salt Lake 2002
Summer
Atlanta 1996 Sydney 2000

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SportsEdit

The games consisted of 34 events in four sports: alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Ice sledge racing, and nordic skiing. The sport of Nordic skiing comprised two disciplines, the biathlon and cross-country skiing.[2][3]

VenuesEdit

In total 7 venues were used at the 1998 Winter Olympics around 4 cities and towns.[4]

NaganoEdit

HakubaEdit

NozawaonsenEdit

YamanouchiEdit

Medal tableEdit

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

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Norway1891340
2  Germany14171344
3  United States1381334
4  Japan*12161341
5  Russia1210931
6  Switzerland105823
7  Spain8008
8  Austria7161134
9  Finland75719
10  France59822
Totals (10 nations)1069595296

MascotEdit

Parabbit
 
Mascot of the 1998 Winter Paralympics (Nagano)

The 1998 Winter Paralympics Mascot was Parabbit.

Opening CeremonyEdit

The theme of the Opening Ceremony was Hope, and inspired by a painting by George Frederic Watts. The theme also signifies it was the first Winter Paralympics held in Asia and the last Paralympics of the 20th century.[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Winter Games Overview". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Nagano 1998". International Paralympic Committee. 4 October 2009. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Nagano 1998". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Schedule of the Nagano Paralympics". Retrieved 29 October 2016.

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