06 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2008


The Mascot: Fu Niu Lele

06 – 17 SEPTEMBER 2008


The Mascot: Fu Niu Lele

Facts & Figures

3,951 athletes (1,366 women / 2,585 men) from 146 countries

472 medal events

20 disciplines

3.44 million spectators

4,000 media representatives

Rowing for the first time as a Paralympic discipline

Medal count Austria:

  • 38 Austrian athletes (4 women and 34 men)
  • 6 medals (4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze)
  • National ranking: 32nd place


Chef de Mission for Austria:

  • Prof. Robert Bauer



  • „One World – One Dream“


3,951 athletes from 146 nations participated from September 6 – 17, 2008 in Beijing in the following sports: bocce, archery, soccer 5-a-side, soccer 7-a-side, weightlifting, goalball, judo, track and field, cycling, horseback riding, rowing, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, shooting, swimming, sailing, sitting volleyball and table tennis. Austria competed in athletics, cycling, equestrian, wheelchair tennis, shooting, swimming, sailing and table tennis.

The XIII Summer Paralympics were held under the motto “One World – One Dream”. 279 World and 339 Paralympic records were broken. In addition, 4,000 accredited media representatives reported from the Paralympics in Beijing.

At the opening ceremony, the Paralympic Team Austria was led by cyclist Christoph Etzlstorfer, as flag bearer, into the “Bird’s Nest Stadium”, which was sold out with over 90,000 spectators. At the closing ceremony, this honor was bestowed upon the track and field athlete Andrea Scherney, who competed in her last Paralympics in Beijing. With her gold medal in the long jump, Andrea Scherney has thus won Paralympic gold three times in her career after Atlanta 1996 (javelin) and Athens 2004 (long jump).

The 38-strong red-white-red team won 6 medals (4x gold, 1x silver, 1x bronze) and ranked 32nd in the medal table. The balance of the Paralympic Games in Beijing is very positive from the point of view of the Austrian Paralympic Committee with four Paralympic winners and a total of six medals won.

The most successful Austrian athlete was track and field athlete Thomas Geierspichler with 1 gold medal and 1 bronze medal.
The closing ceremony of the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing was themed “A Letter to the Future” and included about 2,000 performing artists.
London, the host of the 2012 Paralympic Games, hosted an eight-minute performance and aimed to show how sport can promote the Paralympic movement and positively impact the lives of young people.

For more information, visit: https://www.paralympic.org/beijing-2008

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