The 2006 Winter Paralympic Games, the ninth Winter Paralympics, took place in Turin, Italy from 10 to 19 March 2006. These were the first Winter Paralympic Games to be held in Italy and they were also the first Paralympics to use the new Paralympics logo. The top 10 NPCs by number of gold medals are listed below, the Games featured 58 medal events in five disciplines of four sports. As with other Paralympic Games, medals are awarded for each classification within each event, the sport of wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut at these games. Alpine skiing events were held at Sestriere, cross-country skiing and biathlon events were held at Cesana San Sicario. All skiing athletes were accommodated in the Alpine Paralympic Village in Sestriere, ice sledge hockey was held in Turin, and wheelchair curling was held in Pinerolo. These athletes were accommodated in the City Paralympic Village in Turin, thirty-nine National Paralympic Committees entered athletes at the 2006 Winter Paralympics. This was an increase of three from the 36 represented at the 2002 Winter Paralympics, the number in parentheses indicates the number of participants from each NPC. A total of 486 athletes participated in the Games,385 male and 101 female and this is an increase from the 430 athletes participated in 2002. Despite overall increase of delegates and athletes, the nations who participated in the 2002 Winter Paralympics did not send athletes to Turin. Estonia Netherlands Mexico is the country who had sent an athlete to these Games. These are the second Paralympic Games to be held in Italy and these are the first Paralympic Games to feature a live webcast of events, hosted by ParalympicSport. TV. The Games mascot is Aster, a star-shaped snowflake similar in design to the Olympic mascots Neve and Gliz. TV International Paralympic Committee
Aster, Mascot of the XI Winter Paralympic Games
Participating nations. Green: fewer than 5 athletes; blue: 5-9; orange: 10-19; red: 20 or more.