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Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

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The Olympic Flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Torino 2006 Winter Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on March 10, 2006 in Torino, Italy.

The Olympic Flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Torino 2006 Winter Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on March 10, 2006 in Torino, Italy.

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The Olympic Flame is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the Torino 2006 Winter Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on March 10, 2006 in Torino, Italy. © • Getty Images

The opening ceremony for the 2006 Torino Paralympic Winter Games was held on March 10, 2006, in the Olympic Stadium of Torino, in front of about 25,000 spectators. With the theme of overcoming barriers, it featured live music acts as well as performances by actors and volunteers. Performances were mostly focussed on physically or symbolically destroying barriers, such as the “destruction” of a flight of stairs by a girl in a wheelchair, highlighting the problems often encountered by impaired people and also the ability to overcome them. After the Parade of Nations and the taking of the Paralympic oaths, the new logo for the IPC was revealed to the public. Fire dancing by performers dressed in white followed the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron, accompanied by fireworks and followed, in turn, by a classical dance performance, featuring couples of impaired and unimpaired dancers.

With even more fireworks, a laser show and a ball-like performance, the Torino Paralympics Opening Ceremony ended and the Games were officially opened.