The Salt Lake City Games, which were held in Utah, USA, were the first Winter Paralympics held in North America. These 8th Winter Paralympic Games benefited from a closer relationship between the IPC and the IOC, and specifically from an integrated organising committee that planned, organised and conducted both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.
The games attracted 416 participants (329 men and 87 women), including, for the first time, competitors from Andorra, Chile, China, Croatia, Greece, and Hungary. Events were offered in four sports: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Ice Sledge Hockey and Nordic Skiing. Events were open to all disability groups, except those with an intellectual disability.
Using the same competition facilities as the Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games attracted record crowds, requiring organisers to increase the number of available tickets, and events were covered by the largest ever contingent of media, 836 accredited representatives to report on Winter Paralympic competition.
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