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2002 Winter Paralympics

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Host city  Salt Lake City, Utah
Nations participating  36
Events  5 sports
Motto  Mind, Body, Spirit
Athletes participating  416
Opening ceremony  March 7

The 2002 Winter Paralympics, the eighth Winter Paralympics, were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, from March 7 to 16, 2002. A total of 416 athletes from 36 nations participated. They were the first Winter Paralympics in the American continent. These were the first Paralympic Winter Games for Andorra, Chile, the People’s Republic of China, Croatia, Greece, and Hungary. Ragnhild Myklebust of Norway won five gold medals in skiing and biathlon, becoming the most successful Winter Paralympic athlete of all times with 22 medals, 17 of them gold.



The games consisted of four disciplines in three sports.

  • Alpine skiing
  • Sledge hockey
  • Nordic skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Venues

    In total 5 venues were used at the 2002 Winter Olympics around 4 cities and towns.

    Salt Lake City

  • Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium – opening ceremonies
  • 2002 Olympic Medals Plaza - closing ceremonies
  • Weber County, Utah

  • Snowbasin: Alpine skiing
  • Wasatch County, Utah

  • Soldier Hollow: Biathlon and Cross Country
  • West Valley City, Utah

  • E Center: ice sledge hockey
  • Medal table

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

    Symbol and mascot of the games

    The logo of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic Winter Games is made up of three distinct marks. The sphere on the top represents the head of the Paralympic athlete and also symbolizes the global unity of the Paralympic Movement. Two broad fluid lines represent the athlete in motion. The three taegeuks beneath the athlete reproduce the green, red and blue marks on the Paralympic Flag.

    The mascot for the Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002 was Otto the otter. Indigenous peoples of the Americas consider otters to be fast swimmers, though in some stories a bit of a show-off. After being nearly wiped out by pollution and overtrapping the river otter has been reintroduced to Utah and can be seen along the banks of the Green River and near Flaming Gorge. The otter was chosen as the official mascot of the Salt Lake 2002 Paralympic Winter Games because he embodies vitality and agility, and represents the spirit of every Paralympian.


    2002 Winter Paralympics Wikipedia