2002 Winter Paralympics

The 2002 Winter Paralympics, the eighth Winter Paralympics, were held in Salt Lake City, United States, from March 7 to 16, 2002. A total of 416 athletes from 36 nations participated. They were the first Winter Paralympics in the American continent. These were the first Paralympic Winter Games for Andorra, Chile, China, Croatia, Greece, and Hungary. Ragnhild Myklebust of Norway won five gold medals in skiing and biathlon, becoming the most successful Winter Paralympic athlete of all time with 22 medals, 17 of them gold.[1]

VIII Paralympic Winter Games
2002 Winter Paralympics Logo.svg
Host citySalt Lake City, Utah, United States
MottoMind, Body, Spirit
Events92 in 4 sports
OpeningMarch 7
ClosingMarch 16
Opened by
StadiumRice-Eccles Stadium
2002 Winter Olympics


The games consisted of four disciplines in three sports.[2]


In total 5 venues were used at the 2002 Winter Olympics around 4 cities and towns.[3]

Salt Lake CityEdit

Weber County, UtahEdit

Wasatch County, UtahEdit

West Valley City, UtahEdit

Medal tableEdit

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

1  Germany1711533
2  United States*10221143
3  Norway103619
4  Austria9101029
5  Russia79521
6  Canada64515
7  Switzerland64212
8  Australia6107
9  Finland4138
10  New Zealand4026
Totals (10 nations)795559193

Participating nationsEdit

Thirty six nations participated in the 2002 Winter Paralympics. Andorra, Chile, China, Croatia, Greece and Hungary all made their debut appearances. Slovenia missed out of the 2002 Winter Games.

Symbol and mascot of the gamesEdit

Paralympic EmblemEdit

The logo of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic Winter Games is made up of three distinct marks. The sphere on the top represents the head of the Paralympic athlete and also symbolizes the global unity of the Paralympic Movement. Two broad fluid lines represent the athlete in motion. The three taegeuks beneath the athlete reproduce the green, red and blue marks on the Paralympic Flag.

2002 Paralympic Mascot


The mascot for the Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002 was Otto the otter. Indigenous peoples of the Americas consider otters to be fast swimmers, though in some stories a bit of a show-off.[4] After being nearly wiped out by pollution and over-trapping the river otter has been reintroduced to Utah and can be seen along the banks of the Green River and near Flaming Gorge. The otter was chosen as the official mascot of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic Winter Games because he embodies vitality and agility, and represents the spirit of every Paralympian.[5][6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Possibilité de médaille d’or : Vancouver 2010 annonce la recherche d’un concepteur pour les médailles olympiques et paralympiques", official website of the 2010 Vancouver Games, December 13, 2007
  2. ^ "Salt Lake 2002 – General Information". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Schedule". Archived from the original on December 11, 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Erdoes, Richard and Ortiz, Alfonso. American Indian Myths and Legends. p. 312
  5. ^ Jerry Spangler (September 26, 1999). "Mascots are Coal, Powder, Copper". Deseret News. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2001). Reach: An Educators Guide to the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002 (PDF). pp. 15–17. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  7. ^ Salt Lake Organizing Committee (2001). Reach: An Educators Guide to the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games of 2002 (PDF). pp. 74–77. Retrieved October 31, 2010.

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VIII Paralympic Winter Games (2002)
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