Vancouver 2010: A look back

To honour the third anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games on Thursday (21 March), here’s a look back at the numbers and top performers. 21 Mar 2013
Vancouver 2010

IPC President Sir Philip Craven deemed Vancouver 2010 as the best Paralympic Winter Games ever.

ⒸLieven Coudenys

The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games ticket sales reached an all-time high of 230,000.

Thursday (21 March) marks exactly three years to the day that the last Paralympic Winter Games came to a close in Vancouver.

To honour the third anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Games, here is a quick glance back:

By the numbers

Countries: 44

Athletes: 502

Medal events: 64

Sports: 5

Spectators: 230,000

Cumulated TV audience: 1.6 billion

Volunteers: 6,100

Top five medal count

1. Germany – 24 (13 gold, 5 silver, 6 bronze)

2. Russia – 38 (12 gold, 16 silver, 10 bronze)

3. Canada – 19 (10 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze)

4. Slovakia – 11 (6 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)

5. Ukraine – 19 (5 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze)

Top performances

Verena Bentele (Germany, nordic skiing): The visually impaired skier won five gold medals in what would be her final Paralympic Winter Games, including two in biathlon and three in cross-country skiing.

Gerd Schoenfelder (Germany, alpine skiing): The standing skier claimed four golds and a silver on the slopes, moving his overall Paralympic medal total to 22.

Lauren Woolstencroft (Canada, alpine skiing): The host nation’s top alpine skier won five gold medals in the women’s standing competition.

Irek Zaripov (Russia, nordic skiing): The Russian left Vancouver with four golds – two in cross-country skiing and two in biathlon – as well as a silver in cross-country.

Brian McKeever (Canada, nordic skiing): Easily one of Canada’s faces of the Games, McKeever won gold in three different cross-country events in the men’s visually impaired class and is on par to do the same at Sochi 2014.

USA ice sledge hockey team: Behind top play from Steve Cash and Taylor Chace, the Americans claimed Paralympic gold after going undefeated in Vancouver and defeating Japan in the gold-medal game.

Canada wheelchair curling team: The home team finished pool play with a 7-2 record and then went on to beat Korea 8-7 in the gold-medal match.

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