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    2002 Paralympic Wheelchair Games

    The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 (SLOC) is the first Organizing Committee to completely integrate the organization of both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. SLOC will stage the VIII Paralympic Games March 7 , 16, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Paralympic Games are the world's premier gathering of disabled athletes, and will involve more than 1,100 athletes and officials. Competition will be held at venues throughout the Wasatch Front. SLOC is committed to providing an environment of excellence and accessibility at each venue for athletes, officials and spectators participating in Salt Lake's Games.
    VIII Paralympic Winter Games
    The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 (SLOC), a private, nonprofit Utah corporation, has been designated as the organizing committee for the Paralympic Winter Games. The Salt Lake Paralympic Games will open on March 7, 2002 and close on March 16, 2002.

    The Paralympic movement began as the dream of an English neurosurgeon Sir Ludwig Guttman, with the goal of providing athletes with disabilities the opportunity to compete at an international level equivalent to non-disabled athletes. His vision was for an Olympics for athletes with disabilities. The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome in 1960 with 400 athletes representing 23 countries. Although the term Paralympics originally was derived from the word paraplegic, the prefix "para" is now interpreted as defining the games for disabled athletes which have evolved to "parallel" and complement to the Olympic Games. The first Paralympic Winter Games were held in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden in 1976. The 1988 summer Paralympic Games in Seoul, Korea was considered the beginning of the modern Paralympics as the emphasis clearly shifted from a "rehab" model to one of sport and athletic competition. Since the 1992 Games in Albertville, France the Winter Olympic host city has also hosted the Paralympics Games.

    Mission Statement
    To provide an environment of excellence, integration and accessibility for participating athletes and officials during the Paralympic Winter Games of 2002 in Salt Lake City.

    University of Utah * Paralympic Village
    Rice Stadium * Opening/Closing
    E Center * Ice Sledge Hockey
    Snowbasin * Alpine Events
    Soldier Hollow * Biathlon
    * Cross Country

    Venues used for competition will include Soldier Hollow, the 'E' Center, and Snowbasin Ski Area. There will be two non-competition venues located in Salt Lake on the University of Utah campus: Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and the Paralympic Winter Village for athlete and official housing. The Main Media Center will be located at the 'E' Center.

    Up to 40 National Paralympic Committees are expected to participate in the Salt Lake Paralympic Winter Games. As with the Games, the number of people who will participate in the Salt Lake Paralympics will depend on a number of factors, including the capacity of SLOC's current capacity estimates, a projected daily maximum of 48,220 people will be participating in the Salt Lake Paralympics on a daily basis. SLOC anticipates that about 10,000 of the maximum 48,220 participants will be visitors from out of state. The people who will participate in the Salt Lake Paralympics include four different groups. Accredited persons are estimated to reach approximately 14,000 individuals, an anticipated, 1,100 athletes and officials will participate, up to 1,700 accredited media representatives are expected, and SLOC estimated it will have approximately 537 temporary employees and use the services of approximately 4,000 - 6,000 volunteers during the Paralympics.

    More than 325,000 tickets will be available for sale for the 2002 Paraolympic Winter Games. The sale of tickets to the U.S. public began in February of 2001.

    Tickets to the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, scheduled for 7 and 16 March, respectively, at Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium, are priced at $100, $50, $25 and $15. For athletic events, general admission tickets are priced at $25 and $15. SLOC will offer group discount rates, family passes, flexible coupon books and fund-raising opportunities for non-profit organizations.

    For more ticketing information and to order tickets online visit the Official Site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

    Sports And Events
    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has chosen 26 events in three sports to take place in the Salt Lake Paralympics. They are:

    Alpine skiing Men's Downhill, Super-G, Slalom, LW Class, Slalom B Class, Giant Slalom, LW Class, Giant Slalom, B Class
    Ladies Downhill, Super-G
    Cross-Country Men's S-5 km, C-5 km, S-10 km, F-10 km, S-15 km, C-20 km, 3x5 km Relay, 4X5 km Relay
    Ladies' S-2.5 km, C-5 km, S-5 km, F-5 km, S-10 km, C-15 km, 3x2.5 km Relay
    Biathlon Men's 7.5 km
    Ladies' 7.5 km
    Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament

    The Sport Program for the Salt Lake Paralympics will be based upon the provisions of the IPC Charter, and the days and times will be decided upon in consultation with the respective International Federations (IFs). SLOC will finalize the Sport Program after reaching agreement with the IFs and approval by the IPC.