1996 Summer Paralympics


1996 Summer Paralympics

Paralympics infobox
Name = X Paralympic Games

Host city = Atlanta, United States
Nations participating = 104cite web |title=Atlanta 1996 - General Information |publisher=International Paralympic Committee |date=2008 |url=http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Paralympic_Games/Past_Games/Atlanta_1996/general_information.html |accessdate=2008-08-06 ]
Athletes participating = 3259 (2469 men, 790 women)
Officially opened by = Vice President Al Gore
Opening ceremony = August 16
Closing ceremony = August 25
Events = 508 in 20 sports
Olympic Stadium=Centennial Olympic Stadium
The 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, USA were the first Paralympics to get mass media sponsorship. They were held from 16 August to 25 August.

This Games Motto: The Triumph of the Human Spirit

ymbol and mascot of the games

The mascot for the Paralympic Summer Games in Atlanta 1996 was Blaze.

Blaze is a phoenix, a mythical bird that rises from ashes to experience a renewed life. The phoenix appears in Egyptian, Arabian, Chinese, Russian and native American lore and in all instances symbolizes strength, vision, inspiration and survival.The phoenix was an ideal mascot for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and later for BlazeSports America. It has long been the symbol of Atlanta’s rebirth after its devastation in the Civil War. But most importantly, it is the personification of the will, perseverance and determination of youth and adults with physical disability to achieve full and productive lives.Blaze, with his bright colors, height and broad wing span, reflects the traits, identified in a focus group of athletes with disability, as those they believed best represented the drive to succeed of persons with physical disability who pursue sports as recreation and as a competitive endeavor.Today, Blaze is the most recognizable symbol of disability sport in America – and perhaps in the world.

Sports

The games consisted of 508 events spread over twenty sports, including three demonstration sports.

* Archery
* Athletics
* Boccia
* Cycling
* Equestrian
* Football 7-a-side
* Goalball
* Judo
* Lawn bowls
* Powerlifting
* "Racquetball" (demonstration sport)
* "Sailing" (demonstration sport)
* Shooting
* Swimming
* Table tennis
* Volleyball
* Wheelchair basketball
* Wheelchair fencing
* "Wheelchair rugby" (demonstration sport)
* Wheelchair tennis

Medal count

A total of 1577 medals were awarded during the Atlanta games: 518 gold, 517 silver, and 542 bronze. The host country, the United States, topped the medal count with more gold medals, more bronze medals, and more medals overall than any other nation. Germany took the most silver medals, with 58. [cite web |title=Medal Standings - Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games |publisher=International Paralympic Committee |date=2008 |url=http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Sports/Results/paralympics_reports.html?type=medalstandings&games=1996PG |accessdate = 2008-08-27 ]

In the table below, the ranking sorts by the number of gold medals earned by a nation (in this context a nation is an entity represented by a National Paralympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals.

Participating delegations

One-hundred and four delegations participated in the Atlanta Paralympics.

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ee also

* 1996 Summer Olympics

External links

* [http://www.paralympic.org International Paralympic Committee]

References


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