Firsts at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games

20 Mar 2006
IOC News

The Paralympic flame has gone out in Piazza Castello in the centre of Turin
From 10 to 19 March, 477 athletes from 39 countries took part in the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.  Fifty-eight medal events were contested in four sports: Alpine skiing, ice sledge hockey, Nordic skiing and wheelchair curling.
Moments of sporting “firsts”
Besides some outstanding sporting moments, there were also moments of sporting “firsts”.
- It was the first time that wheelchair curling was on the programme.
- Two National Paralympic Committees, Mexico and Mongolia, competed for the first time. 
- These were the first Paralympic Games at which the new Paralympic symbol, the ‘Three Agitos’, was used in the Games emblem.
- Emily Jansen was the first female Australian athlete to compete at a Winter Paralympic Games. 
- Italy participated in ice sledge hockey for the first time.
- It was the first time that the factor system was used in all events in Alpine skiing and cross country in a Winter Paralympic competition. 
- The Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games were the first Paralympic Winter Games in which athletes raced in three classes in Alpine and Nordic skiing – sitting, standing and visually impaired. 
- Gerd Schonefelder became the first athlete in Alpine skiing to win 17 Paralympic medals.
- It is the first time two Paralympic Villages were used for the Paralympic Games.
- ParalympicSport.TV allowed the first Internet television broadcast of the Paralympic Winter Games
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