|Host city||Nagano, Japan|
|Motto||Games from the Heart|
|Events||122 in 4 sports|
1998 Winter Olympics
The 1998 Winter Paralympics (Japanese: 1998年冬季パラリンピック, Hepburn: 1998-Nen Tōki Pararinpikku), the seventh Paralympic Winter Games, were held alongside the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan from 5 to 14 March 1998. They were the first Paralympic Winter Games to be held outside Europe. 571 athletes competed in Nagano; it remains the highest number of athletes competing at any Winter Paralympics.
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.
In total seven venues were used at the 1998 Winter Olympics around four cities and towns.
Main article: 1998 Winter Paralympics medal table
The top 10 NPCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation (Japan) is highlighted.
|Totals (10 nations)||106||95||95||296|
Thirty-one National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) entered athletes at the 1998 Winter Paralympics. The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants from each NPC.
|Mascot of the 1998 Winter Paralympics (Nagano)|
The 1998 Winter Paralympics Mascot was Parabbit.
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.