V Paralympic Winter Games
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

The 1992 Winter Paralympics (French: Jeux paralympiques d'hiver de 1992) were the fifth Winter Paralympics. They were the first Winter Paralympics to be celebrated with the total International Olympic Committee cooperation. They were also the first ever Paralympics or a Winter Parasports event held in France. They were held at the resort of Tignes and had a support of the neigbourn 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.

Sports

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

Medal table

Main article: 1992 Winter Paralympics medal table

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 nations

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.

Mascot

Alpy
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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 also

References

  1. ^ "Tignes-Albertville 1992". International Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
Preceded byInnsbruck Winter Paralympics TignesAlbertville V Paralympic Winter Games (1992) Succeeded byLillehammer