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Logo Paralympic Games
Austria flag Austria 18 - 25 January 1988
  • New sports: 1 -
  • Countries: 22
  • Athletes: 377
  • Medal events: 96
  • Sports: 4
Austrian team at the Opening Ceremony of Innsbruck 1988 Austrian team at the Opening Ceremony of Innsbruck 1988

Due to issues with the Calgary 1988 Organisational Committee in Canada, it was not possible to hold the Paralympic Winter Games at the same venue as the Olympic Winter Games that year. Thus, they were held again in Innsbruck, Austria.


Four different sports were a part of the programme at the Innsbruck 1988 Paralympic Games, as sit-skiing was introduced for the first time as an event in both the alpine and nordic competitions.

IPC Alpine Skiing IPC Biathlon IPC Cross-country skiing IPC Ice Sledge Hockey


Norway finished atop the medal standings with 25 golds, 21 silvers and 14 bronze, while host nation Austria came in second. Germany, Finland and Sweden rounded out the top five.


Ice sledge speed racer Knut Lundstroem of Norway was the most successful athlete of the Games, winning four gold medals in the 100m, 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m races.


Queen Silvia of Sweden came to visit the Games, revealing the connection between the royal family and the Paralympic Movement that existed since King Carl Gustaf was the patron of the Ornskoldsvik 1976 Paralympic Games.