2018 Winter Paralympics

XII Winter Paralympics
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Emblem.svg
Host cityPyeongchang County, South Korea
MottoPassion. Connected.
(Korean: 하나된 열정.)
Nations participating49
Athletes participating569
Events80 in 6 sports
Opening ceremony9 March
Closing ceremony18 March
Officially opened byPresident Moon Jae-in
Paralympic torchKim Eun-jung
Seo Soon-seok
Paralympic stadiumPyeongchang Olympic Stadium
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The 2018 Winter Paralympics (Hangul평창 동계 패럴림픽; Hanja平昌 冬季 패럴림픽; RRPyeongchang Donggye Paereollimpik), the 12th Paralympic Winter Games, and also more generally known as the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, were an international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), that was held in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, from 9 to 18 March 2018. They were the second Paralympics to be held in South Korea, following the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul.

569 athletes representing 49 National Paralympic Committees participated in these Games, including newcomers Georgia, North Korea and Tajikistan. Following its debut as disciplines under the Alpine programme in Sochi, snowboarding was expanded into a separate sport with additional competitions.

The United States topped the medal table with 36 total medals and 13 gold medals. Host nation South Korea placed 16th with 3 total medals and won its first gold medal at a Winter Paralympics.

Host selection

As part of a formal agreement between the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee first established in 2001,[1] the winner of the bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics was also to host the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

Pyeongchang was elected as host during the 123rd IOC Session in Durban in 2011, earning the required majority of at least 48 votes in the first round of voting.[2][3]

2018 Winter Olympics bidding results
City Nation Votes
Pyeongchang  South Korea 63
Munich  Germany 25
Annecy  France 7
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