Netherlands at the Paralympics

The Netherlands participated in the inaugural Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, where it sent a delegation of five athletes. The country has participated in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics. It made its Winter Paralympics début in 1984, and has taken part in every subsequent edition of the Games, except 2006. The Netherlands was the host country of the 1980 Summer Paralympics, in Arnhem.[1]

Netherlands at the
Paralympics
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IPC codeNED
NPCNederlands Olympisch Comité *
Nederlandse Sport Federatie
Websiteparalympisch.nl (in Dutch)
Summer appearances
Winter appearances

Dutch athletes have won a total of 622 Paralympic medals, of which 239 gold, 208 silver and 175 bronze. 612 of these medals (including 237 of the gold) were won at the Summer Paralympics. This places the Netherlands ninth on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table - behind the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Germany, Austria and Poland.[2]

The Netherlands’ most successful Games, in terms of ranking, were the 1976 Summer Games in Toronto, when it finished second (behind the United States). Numerically, the country won most medals at the 1984 Summer Games in New York City and Stoke Mandeville: 135 medals, of which 55 gold. The Netherlands consistently ranked in the top ten until 1996, included. Since then, they have experienced something of a decline. The 2004 Games marked the first time since 1964 that the Dutch had failed to win at least ten gold medals; they won five, and ranked at an all-time low of 27th.[3]

Prior to 2014, Majorie van de Bunt was the only Dutch athlete to have won medals at the Winter Paralympics. She won a gold in biathlon and three bronze in cross-country skiing in 1994, then a silver and a bronze in 1998, and a gold (in biathlon) and three silver (in cross-country skiing) in 2002. She has not competed again at the Paralympics since that date. The Netherlands were absent from the 2006 Games, and sent only a one-man delegation (Kees-Jan van der Klooster) to compete in alpine skiing in 2010; he did not win any medals. In 2014, flag-bearer Bibian Mentel took a gold medal in snowboarding.[4]

Medal talliesEdit

Summer ParalympicsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
  1960 Summer Paralympics 3 6 0 9 8
  1964 Summer Paralympics 4 6 4 14 10
  1968 Summer Paralympics 12 4 4 20 8
  1972 Summer Paralympics 14 13 11 38 5
  1976 Summer Paralympics 45 25 14 84 2
  1980 Summer Paralympics 33 31 36 100 6
  1984 Summer Paralympics 55 52 28 135 7
  1988 Summer Paralympics 31 25 30 86 8
  1992 Summer Paralympics 14 14 11 39 9
  1996 Summer Paralympics 17 11 17 45 8
  2000 Summer Paralympics 12 9 9 30 15
  2004 Summer Paralympics 5 11 13 29 27
  2008 Summer Paralympics 5 10 7 22 19
  2012 Summer Paralympics 10 10 19 39 10
  2016 Summer Paralympics 17 19 26 62 7
  2020 Summer Paralympics Future event
  2024 Summer Paralympics Future event
  2028 Summer Paralympics Future event

Winter ParalympicsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze Total Ranking
  1976 Winter Paralympics did not participate
  1980 Winter Paralympics did not participate
  1984 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
  1988 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
  1992 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
  1994 Winter Paralympics 1 0 3 4 15th
  1998 Winter Paralympics 0 1 1 2 20th
  2002 Winter Paralympics 1 3 0 4 15th
  2006 Winter Paralympics did not participate
  2010 Winter Paralympics 0 0 0 0 -
  2014 Winter Paralympics 1 0 0 1 14th
  2018 Winter Paralympics 3 3 1 7 10th
  2022 Winter Paralympics Future event

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee