1998 Winter Paralympics
|Host city||Nagano, Nagano, Japan|
|Motto||Games from the Heart (Japanese: 心からの大会, Kokorokara no Taikai)|
|Events||122 in 4 sports|
|Opening ceremony||March 5|
|Closing ceremony||March 14|
|Officially opened by||Crown Prince Naruhito|
|Athlete's Oath||Yonoe Ryuei|
|Paralympic torch||Naoya Maruyama (opening and closing) and Haley Heinz Le Mans (closing)|
The 1998 Winter Paralympics (第七回パラリンピック冬季競技大会 Dai Shichi-kai Pararinpikku Tōkikyōgi Taikai), the seventh Winter Paralympics, were held alongside the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan from March 5 to March 14, 1998. They were the first Paralympic Winter Games to be held outside Europe. 571 athletes competed in Nagano; it still 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 7 venues were used at the 1998 Winter Olympics around 4 cities and towns.
- Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort: Biathlon
- Mount Higashidate: Alpine skiing (giant slalom)
- Mount Yakebitai, Shiga Kogen Resort: Alpine skiing (slalom)
The top 10 NPCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation (Japan) is highlighted.
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.
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- International Paralympic Committee
- The event at SVT's open archive (Swedish)
- The event at Nagano Shinano Mainich Shimbum