2010 Winter Paralympics: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Did you know ...

More interesting facts on 2010 Winter Paralympics

Include this on your site/blog:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

X Paralympic Winter Games
X Paralympic Winter Games

"Man becomes Mountain",
emblem of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games
Host city Vancouver, Canada
Motto With glowing hearts
/ Des plus brillants exploits
Nations participating 44[2]
Athletes participating 506
Events 64 in 5 sports
Opening ceremony March 12, 2010
Closing ceremony March 21, 2010
Officially opened by Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean[3]
Athlete's Oath Hervé Lord
Paralympic Torch Zach Beaumont
Stadium BC Place Stadium
IPC logo (2004).svg 2010 Winter Paralympics

The 2010 Winter Paralympics, officially known as the X Paralympic Winter Games, are being held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada from March 12 to March 21, 2010. The Opening Ceremony took place in BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia.

2010 will be the second time Canada has hosted the Paralympic Games, following the 1976 Summer Paralympics in Toronto.

On June 7, 2006, Prince Edward, as a member of the Canadian Royal Family and patron of the British Paralympic Association, raised the flag of the Paralympic Games outside Vancouver City Hall.[4]

Brian McKeever of Canada became the first athlete to be named in a Winter Paralympics and Winter Olympics team in the same year, although he did not compete in the Olympic Games. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, he was scheduled to compete in the men's 50km cross-country race, but the coach replaced him with a skier who did well at an earlier event.[5][6][7] At the Paralympics he is competing in Cross-country skiing and Biathlon.


Development and preparation


Torch Relay

The same torch design (silver with Paralympic logo) used for the Olympics was used for the Paralympic Games. On March 3, 2010, the torch began a 10-day journey from Ottawa to Vancouver.[8] The relay involved approximately 600 runners to carry the torch across 10 Canadian cities in 3 provinces:[9]


Venues for the 2010 Winter Paralympics will be shared between Vancouver and Whistler, as with the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Competition venues
Venue Location Sports Capacity Ref.
Thunderbird Arena Vancouver Ice sledge hockey 7,200 [10]
Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre Vancouver Wheelchair curling 6,000 [11]
Whistler Creekside Whistler Alpine skiing 7,600 [12]
Whistler Paralympic Park Whistler Biathlon, Cross-country skiing 6,000 [13]
Non-competition venues
Venue Location Purpose Ref.
BC Place Stadium Vancouver Opening ceremonies [14]
International Broadcast Centre Vancouver Media (Broadcaster) Centre [15]
Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver Paralympic Village [16]
Whistler Media Centre Whistler Media centre [17]
Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler Paralympic Village [18]
Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza Whistler Awards and Closing ceremonies [19]


Sumi, the mascot of the 2010 Winter Paralympics, depicted playing sledge hockey

When the mascot, Sumi, an animal guardian spirit with the wings of the Thunderbird and legs of a black bear, was introduced, it was the first time the Olympic and Paralympic mascots were introduced at the same time.

To commemorate the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, 17 Canadian coins are being issued for general circulation. Two of the circulation coins honour Paralympic sports: wheelchair curling (released on July 11, 2007) and ice sledge hockey (to be released on March 18, 2010). The circulation quarters will omit a traditional phrase, Dei Gratia Regina, from their obverse side, making them the first godless coins in circulation since 1911.[20]


Years Weight Diameter/Shape Composition
2007–present 4.4 g 23.88 mm 94.0% steel, 3.8% copper, 2.2% nickel plating


Date of Issue Sport Artist Mintage
July 11, 2007 Wheelchair curling Glen Green 22,000,000
March 18, 2010 Sledge hockey TBD TBD

The Games

Participating nations

Forty-four National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) entered athletes at the 2010 Winter Paralympics. This was an increase of five from the 39 represented at the 2006 Winter Paralympics. The number in parentheses indicates the number of participants from each NPC.

A total of 506 athletes participated in the Games. This is an increase from the 476 athletes who participated in 2006.

Argentina and Romania will be taking part in the Winter Paralympic Games for the first time,[33][34] as will Bosnia and Herzegovina.[35] All three had previously participated in several editions of the Summer Paralympics. Serbia will also be making its Winter Paralympics début as a distinct NPC, following its split with Montenegro.[36]

Despite the overall increase of delegates and athletes, Latvia, which participated in Turin for the 2006 Winter Paralympics, will not be sending athletes to Vancouver.


Five sports will be on the 2010 program:


In the following calendar for the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which gold medal finals for a sport are held.[37]

 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
March 2010 12th
Paralympic alpine skiing.png Alpine skiing

Paralympic biathlon.png Biathlon

Paralympic cross country.png Cross-country skiing

Paralympic sledge hockey.png Ice sledge hockey 1
Paralympic curling.png Wheelchair curling 1
Total gold medals 6 6 6 4 8 12 6 10 6 64

Medal table

The top ten listed NPCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation, Canada, is highlighted.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia (RUS) 9 12 7 28
2  Germany (GER) 9 4 4 17
3  Canada (CAN) 6 3 3 12
4  Ukraine (UKR) 4 5 6 15
5  Slovakia (SVK) 3 1 1 5
6  United States (USA) 2 4 2 8
7  Austria (AUT) 2 2 2 6
8  Belarus (BLR) 2 0 5 7
9  Norway (NOR) 1 3 0 4
10  Spain (ESP) 1 2 0 3
10  Switzerland (SUI) 1 2 0 3


In Canada, the games will be broadcast by Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, a joint venture between CTVglobemedia and Rogers Media. Over 50 hours of television coverage are planned, including a daily 90-minute highlight program, live coverage of Canada's sledge hockey games and gold medal game in sledge hockey on CTV. The opening ceremony will be broadcast live on CTV BC, with a rebroadcast across the CTV network the following afternoon.[38]

The games will be aired on Universal Sports, in the United States.

Paralympic Sport TV (paralympicsport.tv), which is the Internet TV channel of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), will offer international free online live and recorded coverage of the games, every day from 9:00 to 22:30 PST.[39]

In the United Kingdom, the BBC will broadcast the Games, but only through the red button and online.[40] In Europe, Eurosport will broadcast live the medal events in biathlon, alpine and cross-country skiing.

In France, France Télévisions will provide live coverage on its website.[41]

In Italy, Sky Sport will provide record coverage with all games live on five dedicated HD channels.[42]

In Australia, ABC1 will broadcast the games.

See also


  1. ^ "Olympic mottoes borrow lines from O Canada". CBC News. 2008-01-25. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2008/09/25/bc-vancouver-olympics-trademark-o-canada.html. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Flagbearers from Opening Ceremony". IPC. 12 March 2010. http://www.paralympic.org/export/sites/default/Media_Centre/News/General_News/FLAG_BEARER_NOMINATIONS_Opening_Ceremony.pdf. 
  3. ^ http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2010/20/c3506.html
  4. ^ Joyce, Greg; Canadian Press; Vancouver Sun: Edward, Sophie raise Paralympics flag, Royal couple rings in 2010 Winter Olympics outside city hall; June 8, 2006
  5. ^ Vancouver Sun, "Legally blind skier embodies the Olympic ideal", Miro Cernetig, 17 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  6. ^ Associated Press, "Canada's McKeever to ski at Olympics, Paralympics", Rachel Cohen, 17 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  7. ^ Boston Herald, "Blind Olympian doesn’t believe in limits", Steve Kelley, 20 February 2010 (accessed 21 February 2010)
  8. ^ Paralympic torch relay begins 10 day journey
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Venues–UBC Thunderbird Arena". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/41126/32528/1bf5d78/ubc-thunderbird-arena.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  11. ^ "Venues–Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/41232/32528/1bl2qu4/vancouver-olympicparalympic-ce.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  12. ^ "Venues–Whistler Creekside". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/41240/32528/f7wsx8/whistler-creekside.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  13. ^ "Venues–Whistler Olympic/Paralympic Park". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/41244/32528/1hzn6v3/whistler-olympicparalympic-par.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  14. ^ "Venues–BC Place". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/52810/32528/1hqloid/bc-place.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  15. ^ "Venues–Main Media Centre". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/52822/32528/1o4ypwf/main-media-centre.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  16. ^ "Venues–Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/52756/32528/1x8qres/olympic-and-paralympic-village.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  17. ^ "Venues–Whistler Media Centre". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/52832/32528/5kp4ht/whistler-media-centre.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  18. ^ "Venues–Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/52828/32528/ymmy8h/olympic-and-paralympic-village.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  19. ^ "Venues–Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza". Vancouver Organizing Committee. http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/competition-schedules-and-venues/venues/-/52834/32528/x8g2t7/whistler-olympic-celebration-p.html. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  20. ^ "14 circulating coins included in 2010 Olympic program", Bret Evans, Canadian Coin News, January 23 to February 5, 2007, issue of Canadian Coin News
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar Athletes: Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympics, The Official Website of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
  22. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Team Canada". Canadian Paralympic Committee. http://www.paralympic.ca/en/Games/Vancouver-2010-Team-Canada.html. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  23. ^ "Sledge Masters: Previewing the 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Tournament", CBS Sports
  24. ^ "Munich Counting Down to Vancouver 2010 – With an Eye to 2018!", Canada International (Canadian government website)
  25. ^ www.paralympic.gr
  26. ^ "Sledge Masters: Previewing the 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Tournament", CBS Sports
  27. ^ sport.repubblica.it
  28. ^ "Sledge Masters: Previewing the 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Tournament", CBS Sports
  29. ^ "Reprezentacja Polski na X Zimowe Igrzyska Paraolimpijskie VANCOUVER 2010", Polski Komitet Paraolimpijski
  30. ^ "Vail skier qualifies for Paralympics", Vail Daily, February 17, 2010
  31. ^ "Sledge Masters: Previewing the 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Tournament", CBS Sports
  32. ^ "Fundraiser Helps Ukraine's Paralympics Team ", The Epoch Times, February 12, 2010
  33. ^ Argentina at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  34. ^ [http://sport.hotnews.ro/stiri-alte_sporturi-7027244-vancouver-2010-inceput-jocurile-paralimpice-romania-reprezentata-singura-sportiva-laura-valeanu.htm Romania at the Paralimpic Winter Games (Romanian)
  35. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  36. ^ Serbia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  37. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Competition Schedule" (PDF). International Paralympic Committee. http://www.paralympic.org/export/sites/default/Paralympic_Games/Vancouver_2010/2009_07_CompetitionSchedule-PARA-EN-V7.pdf. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  38. ^ "Record hours of coverage for Paralympic Games". CTVOlympics.ca. June 16, 2009. http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=11882.html. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  39. ^ An Overview Of the Paralympic Games, newdisability.com, 2010
  40. ^ BBC criticised over Winter Paralympics TV plans
  41. ^ "Paralympiques2010", France Télévisions
  42. ^ "Paralimpiadi on SKY",

External links

Preceded by
Winter Paralympics

X Paralympic Winter Games (2010)
Succeeded by


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address