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2006 Winter Paralympics

IX Paralympic Winter Games
Host city Turin, Italy
Nations participating 39
Athletes participating 486
Events 58 in 4 sports
Opening ceremony March 10
Closing ceremony March 19
Officially opened by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Athlete's Oath Fabrizio Zardini
Paralympic Torch Silvia Battaglio
Aroldo Ruschioni
Paralympic Stadium Stadio Olimpico
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The 2006 Winter Paralympic Games (Italian: IX Giochi paralimpici invernali), the ninth Winter Paralympics, took place in Turin, Italy from 10 to 19 March 2006. These were the first Winter Paralympic Games to be held in Italy. They were also the first Paralympics to use the new Paralympics logo.


  • Medal count 1
  • Sports 2
  • Venues 3
  • Calendar 4
  • Participants 5
  • Other information 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Medal count

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

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russia 13 13 7 33
2 Germany 8 5 5 18
3 Ukraine 7 9 9 25
4 France 7 2 6 15
5 United States 7 2 3 12
6 Canada 5 3 5 13
7 Austria 3 4 7 14
8 Japan 2 5 2 9
9 Italy 2 2 4 8
10 Poland 2 0 0 2


The Games featured 58 medal events in five disciplines of four sports. As with other Paralympic Games, medals are awarded for each classification within each event. The sport of wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut at these games.[1]


The sport venues were also used during the Winter Olympics, although not all Olympic venues were in use for the Paralympics.

Alpine skiing events were held at Sestriere. Cross-country skiing and biathlon events were held at Cesana San Sicario. All skiing athletes were accommodated in the Paralympic Village in Sestriere.

Ice sledge hockey was held in Turin, and wheelchair curling was held in Pinerolo. These athletes were accommodated in Paralympic Village in Turin.


   ●    Opening ceremony    ●    Event competitions    ●    Event finals    ●    Closing ceremony
March 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th
Ceremonies    ●                       ●   
Alpine Skiing      ●       ●       ●       ●         ●       ●       ●       ●   
Biathlon      ●           ●             
Cross-country skiing        ●           ●         ●       ●       ●   
Ice sledge hockey      ●       ●         ●       ●       ●       ●       ●     
Wheelchair curling        ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●       ●     


Thirty-nine National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) entered athletes at the 2006 Winter Paralympics. This was an increase of three from the 36 represented at the 2002 Winter Paralympics. The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants from each NPC.

Note that, although Greece was scheduled to compete, no Greek athlete took part in any event; the International Paralympic Committee does not list Greece as having entered any athlete in the Games, and considers that there were thirty-eight NPCs at the Games, rather than thirty-nine.[2] [3]

Participating nations. Green: fewer than 5 athletes; blue: 5-9; orange: 10-19; red: 20 or more.

A total of 486 athletes participated in the Games, 385 male and 101 female. This is an increase from the 430 athletes participated in 2002. Despite overall increase of delegates and athletes, the following nations who participated in the 2002 Winter Paralympics did not send athletes to Turin.

Mexico is the only country who had sent an athlete to these Games but not the Winter Olympic Games in 2006.

Other information

Aster, mascot of Paralympic Games in Turin

These are the second Paralympic Games to be held in Italy, which hosted the first Summer Paralympics in Rome in 1960.

These are the first Paralympic Games to feature a live webcast of events, hosted by ParalympicSport.TV.

The Games mascot is Aster, a star-shaped snowflake similar in design to the Olympic mascots Neve and Gliz.

Aster, Mascot of the XI Winter Paralympic Games

See also


  1. ^ "Torino 2006".  
  2. ^ Paralympic Games results and delegations database, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ "Torino 2006", International Paralympic Committee

External links

  • Official website of Torino Paralympics 2006 → Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
  • Torino 2006 Paralympic Games (English) → Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
  • ParalympicSport.TV
  • International Paralympic Committee
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