Paralympic Winter Games
25 March - 02 April


The Games in France brought together 365 Para athletes (228 men and 77 women) from 24 countries.  They competed in 79 medal events across three sports.  USA topped the medals table.


Due to a lack of entries and suitable venues to hold the ice sports, only alpine and Nordic skiing (biathlon and cross-country skiing) competitions were held.

Demonstration events in alpine and Nordic skiing were held for athletes with intellectual impairments and in biathlon for those with vision impairments.


The Games were officially opened on 25 March by French President Francois Mitterand. The Opening Ceremony was held in front of the finish area for the alpine skiing events. The Paralympic flame was lit by Luc Sabatier and the athlete’s oath was taken by Ludovic Rey Robert.


The USA topped the medal charts during a Games in which just three events took place, while Germany finished second and a Unified Team made up of former Soviet Union members finished third.


German alpine skiier Reinhild Moeller claimed four gold medals, while teammate Gerd Schoenfelder (alpine skiing) and Frank Hoefle (biathlon and cross-country skiing) each won three golds. 

The USA’s Nancy Gustafson won three gold medals in alpine skiing to help put her country atop the medal chart.

A Unified Team composed of athletes from the former Soviet Union, was led by Nikolai Ilioutchenko, who won three gold medals in cross-country skiing.