By the numbers: The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

2018 Paralympics

10 days

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will open on Friday, March 9 with the Opening Ceremony, which can be watched live at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN or Competition coverage will kick off that night, and continue until Sunday, March 18.

670 athletes

The PyeongChang Paralympics will be the biggest yet, with around 670 athletes from over 40 countries participating. At the first Winter Paralympics, only about 250 athletes competed.

6 sports

There are six sports, with 80 total medal events, on the Winter Paralympic program:

Para Alpine skiing

Para biathlon

Para cross-country skiing

Sled Hockey

Para snowboarding

Wheelchair curling


The inaugural Winter Paralympics were held in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden in 1976, and 17 nations participated. The first ever Paralympics were held in Rome, Italy after the 1960 Summer Olympics.

250 hours

NBC Olympics will dedicate more than 250 hours of coverage to the 2018 Paralympic Games across, NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and the NBC Sports app.

74 U.S. Paralympians

33 members of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic team are first-time Paralympians, while 41 of the athletes are returning to the Paralympics. Combined, they’ve won 39 Paralympic medals. The most decorated member is Laurie Stephens, a six-time Paralympic medalist in Alpine skiing. 

Team USA ranges in age from 16 to 59: the youngest member is Alpine skier Ally Kunkel, and the oldest is Alpine skier Mark Bathum. 

Six members of the U.S. Paralympic team are guides. Rob Umstead has been the Alpine skiing guide for Danelle Umstead snce 2010, and they are the only married couple on Team USA. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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