2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games

The 2005 Special Olympics Winter World Games were hosted at Nagano in Japan and were the first Special Olympics World Games held in Asia.

Nagano became the first city in the world to host the Olympics, Paralympics and Special Olympics World Games.

Events

* Floor hockey
* Figure skating
* Speed skating
* Snowshoe
* Cross-country skiing
* Snowboarding
* Alpine skiing

Venues

* M-Wave - the opening, closing ceremonies and Speed skating
* Big Hat - Figure skating
* White Ring - Floor hockey
* Yamanouchi - Alpine skiing
* Hakuba - Cross-country
* Nozawaonsen - Snowshoe
* Mure - Snowboarding

Special Olympics continued its Olympic sports legacy, as Nagano, Japan — site of the 1998 Olympics and Paralympics — hosted 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games 26 February through 5 March 2005. The first Special Olympics World Games held in Asia drew more than 1,800 athletes and 650 coaches from 80 countries around the world, as well as thousands of family members, volunteers, spectators and journalists from every continent.