The Paralympic host nation dominated the medal count, but it was Ukraine making headlines throughout the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games by collecting 29 medals and finishing second in the table.
At one point, it was unclear if the Ukrainian athletes would make it to the Paralympics in time to compete. They were the last delegation to arrive in Beijing because of logistical challenges caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and after a harrowing journey to get there, the team's top official hailed their arrival as a "miracle."
Once they reached the Paralympics, Ukraine's athletes competed amidst uncertainty and heartache over what was happening in their home country. After earning a bronze medal in biathlon, Dmytro Suiarko revealed that he'd had a difficult time focusing because his house had been destroyed by Russian shelling a day earlier.
"Very hard concentration is needed in biathlon and I missed twice because yesterday my house where I live, it was bombed and destroyed," Suiarko said.
Despite those circumstances, Ukraine earned 29 medals, including 11 golds, in competition — its best-ever result at the Winter Paralympics. Most of that success came in biathlon, where Ukrainian athletes claimed 22 medals and swept the podium on three separate occasions: twice in the men's visually impaired classification and once in the women's standing classification.
Ukraine also capped off its Paralympics with a gold medal in cross-country skiing's open relay on the final day of competition.
While Ukraine was second in both gold medals and total medals, no nation could match the dominance of China, which had won just one Winter Paralympic medal ever entering the Beijing Games. In quite a turnaround, China secured 61 medals, including 18 golds, on home soil.
China was one of two nations, along with Canada, to win a medal in all six Paralympic sports. Athletes found success across the board, reaching double digits in Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon and snowboarding; winning a second straight gold in wheelchair curling; and taking bronze in sled hockey.
The United States finished fifth in gold medals with six — you can watch each one of those gold medal performances here — and fourth in total medals with 20. Oksana Masters led the way, collecting six individual medals (two gold, four silver) and contributing to Team USA's gold medal in the cross-country mixed relay. She's now the first American to win seven medals at a single Winter Paralympics.
The final medal table is below and includes all countries with more than one medal.
|COUNTRY||🥇 / 🥈 / 🥉||TOTAL|
|China||18 / 20 / 23||61|
|Ukraine||11 / 10 / 8||29|
|Canada||8 / 6 / 11||25|
|United States||6 / 11 / 3||20|
|Germany||4 / 8 / 7||19|
|Austria||5 / 5 / 3||13|
|France||7 / 3 / 2||12|
|Norway||4 / 2 / 1||7|
|Japan||4 / 1 / 2||7|
|Italy||2 / 3 / 2||7|
|Sweden||2 / 2 / 3||7|
|Slovakia||3 / 0 / 3||6|
|Great Britain||1 / 1 / 4||6|
|Finland||2 / 2 / 0||4|
|New Zealand||1 / 1 / 2||4|
|Netherlands||0 / 3 / 1||4|