1994 Winter Paralympics

VI Paralympic Winter Games
Host city Lillehammer, Norway
Motto No Limits (Norwegian: Ingen Grenser)
Nations participating 31
Athletes participating 471
Events 133 in 5 sports
Opening ceremony March 10
Closing ceremony March 19
Officially opened by Queen Sonja
Athlete's Oath Cato Zahl Pedersen
Paralympic torch Helge Bjørnstad
Paralympic stadium Håkons Hall
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1994 Winter Olympics

The 1994 Winter Paralympics (Norwegian: Paralympiske vinterleker 1994), the sixth Winter Paralympics, were held in Lillehammer, Norway, from 10–19 March 1994. These Games marked the first time the Paralympic Winter Games were held in the same location as the Winter Olympics, a tradition that has continued through an agreement of cooperation between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Ice sledge hockey, which became an immediate crowd favorite, was added to the program.

The 1994 Winter Games were the first Paralympic Games organized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Symbol and mascot of the games

The Games were represented by an emblem depicting the sun people. This image portrayed the ideas of power, vitality, strength and energy, all of which are characteristics of the athletes who took part. These characteristics were also to be found in the mascot Sondre, the troll. Sondre, who was also an amputee, was the result of a nationwide school competition won by Janne Solem. The mascot was then designed to its final appearance by Tor Lindrupsen. The name for the mascot was chosen in a separate competition and derives from the great skiing pioneer Sondre Nordheim.



The 1994 Paralympics consisted of five disciplines in four sports. Ice sledge hockey made its Paralympic debut at these games.[1]

Medal table

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

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway 29 22 13 64
2 Germany 25 21 18 64
3 United States 24 12 7 43
4 France 14 6 11 31
5 Russia 10 12 8 30
6 Austria 7 16 12 35
7 Finland 6 7 12 25
8 Sweden 3 3 2 8
9 Australia 3 2 4 9
10 New Zealand 3 0 3 6

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