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1976 Winter Paralympics

I Winter Paralympics
Host city Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Nations participating 16
Athletes participating 198
Events 2 sports
Opening ceremony 21 February
Closing ceremony 28 February
Officially opened by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Paralympic Stadium Kempehallen
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The 1976 Winter Paralympic Games (Swedish: Paralympiska vinterspelen 1976) were the first Winter Paralympics. They were held in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden from 21 to 28 February 1976. The disabilities included in this Paralympics were blindness and amputees. Sixteen countries took part with 198 athletes.[1] There were competitions in Alpine and Nordic skiing for amputee and visually impaired athletes, and a demonstration event in ice sledge racing.[2]

Originally known as the 1st Winter Olympic Games for the Disabled.[3][4]


  • Sports 1
  • Medal table 2
  • Participating nations 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The games consisted of 2 sports.

Medal table

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

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 West Germany 10 12 6 28
2 Switzerland 10 1 1 12
3 Finland 8 7 7 22
4 Norway 7 3 2 12
5 Sweden 6 7 7 20
6 Austria 5 16 14 35
7 Czechoslovakia 3 0 0 3
8 France 2 0 3 5
9 Canada 2 0 2 4
10 Belgium 0 0 0 0

Participating nations

The following nations took part. In brackets is the number of athletes per nation.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Participation Numbers - Örnsköldsvik 1976 Paralympic Winter Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Örnsköldsvik 1976". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  3. ^ History and Use of the Term Paralympic, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  4. ^ Paralympics (Swedish),
  5. ^ "Participation Numbers - Örnsköldsvik 1976 Paralympic Winter Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 

External links

  • International Paralympic Committee
  • The event at SVT's open archive (Swedish)
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