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The 2010 Winter Paralympics, officially known as the X Paralympic Winter Games, will be celebrated in Vancouvermarker and Whistlermarker, British Columbiamarker between March 12 to March 21, 2010. The Opening Ceremony will take place in BC Place Stadiummarker, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2010 will be the second time Canada has hosted the Paralympics, following the 1976 Summer Paralympics in Torontomarker.

Vancouver sees the 2010 games (Olympics and Paralympics) as a chance to build on its history as a city that began in 1986 with the World's Fair.

On June 7 2006, Prince Edward, as a member of the Canadian Royal Family, and Australian Royal Family, patron of the British Paralympic Association, raised the flag of the Paralympic Games outside Vancouver City Hallmarker.

Torch Relay


Five sports will be on the 2010 program:


Venues for the 2010 Winter Paralympics will be shared between Vancouver and Whistler, as with the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Competition venues

Venue Location Sports Capacity Ref.
UBC Winter Sports Centremarker Vancouver Ice sledge hockey 7,200
Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centremarker Vancouver Wheelchair curling 6,000
Whistler Creeksidemarker Whistler Alpine skiing 7,600
Whistler Paralympic Parkmarker Whistler Biathlon, Cross-country skiing 6,000

Non-competition venues

Venue Location Purpose Ref.
BC Place Stadiummarker Vancouver Opening ceremonies
Main Media Centremarker Vancouver Media centre
Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Villagemarker Vancouver Paralympic Village
Whistler Media Centre Whistler Media centre
Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler Paralympic Village
Whistler Olympic Celebration Plaza Whistler Closing ceremonies


The mascot, Sumi, an animal guardian spirit with the wings of the Thunderbird and legs of a black bear, is the first time the Olympic and Paralympic mascots were introduced at the same time.


In the following calendar for the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which gold medal finals for a sport are held.

Paralympic Coins

To commemorate the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, 15 coins are being issued for general circulation. Two of the circulation coins will honor Paralympic sports. The two sports being featured include wheelchair curling (released on July 11 2007) and ice sledge hockey (to be released on March 18 2010). With regards to the circulation coins, one of the novelties is that D.G. Regina will be removed from the Queen's effigy, making the 25-cent coins are the first "godless circulating coins" since the 1911 issue of King George V.

Years Weight Diameter/Shape Composition
2007–present 4.4 g 23.88 mm 94.0% steel, 3.8% copper, 2.2% nickel plating

Date of Issue Sport Artist Mintage
July 11, 2007 Wheelchair curling Glen Green 22,000,000
March 18, 2010 Sledge hockey TBD TBD

See also

External links


  1. Joyce, Greg; Canadian Press; Vancouver Sun: Edward, Sophie raise Paralympics flag, Royal couple rings in 2010 Winter Olympics outside city hall; June 8, 2006
  2. “14 circulating coins included in 2010 Olympic program”, Bret Evans, Canadian Coin News, January 23 to February 5, 2007 issue of Canadian Coin News

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