The 3rd Asian Winter Games were held from February 4 to 11, 1996 in Harbin, People's Republic of China. North Korea's Samjiyon was the original host for the games scheduled in 1995, but withdrew in August 1992. After the withdrawal, South Korea and then People's Republic of China submitted bids respectively. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) decided to elect the host cities for these 3rd games and the next 4th games simultaneously. On December 2, 1993, The OCA announced that the 3rd games would be held in People's Republic of China in 1996 and the 4th games would be held in South Korea in 1999.
|III Asian Winter Games|
|Country||People's Republic of China|
|Events||43 in 8 sports|
|Opening ceremony||4 February|
|Closing ceremony||11 February|
|Officially opened by||Jiang Zemin|
President of China
Demonstration sport only:
Names are arranged in alphabetical order by their IOC country codes.
|4||South Korea (KOR)||8||10||8||26|
|Totals (5 nations)||45||41||42||128|
| Asian Winter Games
III Asian Winter Games (1996)
Alpine skiing at the 1996 Winter Asian Games took place in Harbin, China from 5 to 8 February 1996 with four events contested — two each for men and women.Asian Winter Games
The Asian Winter Games (AWG) is an international multi-sport event held every four years for members of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which features winter events. The Japanese Olympic Committee first suggested the idea of holding a winter version of the Asian Games in 1982. Their efforts were rewarded when they were finally given hosting rights for the first edition that was held in Sapporo in 1986, as the city had the infrastructure and expertise gained from hosting of the 1972 Winter Olympics.
From having only seven member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia taking part in the first edition, the number of nations competing in the Winter Asiad has consistently grown. In the 2007 Asian Winter Games in Changchun, 27 out of the 45 members fielded a record number of competitors, while all 45 NOCs sent delegations for the first time ever in Winter Asian history.
Although games in Lebanon in 2009 were considered, they ultimately did not take place.Chae Ji-hoon
Chae Ji-hoon (Hangul: 채지훈; Hanja: 蔡智薰; born 5 March 1974) is a retired South Korean short track speed skaterChina at the 1996 Asian Winter Games
China competed in the 1996 Asian Winter Games which were held in Harbin, China from February 4, 1996 to February 11, 1996.Cross-country skiing at the 1996 Asian Winter Games
Cross-country skiing at the 1996 Winter Asian Games took place in the city of Harbin, China with six events contested — three each for men and women.Elizaveta Stekolnikova
Elizaveta Stekolnikova (born April 20, 1974) is a former ice dancer who competed internationally for Kazakhstan. With partner Dmitri Kazarlyga, she is the 1994 Skate America bronze medalist, 1995 Winter Universiade bronze medalist, and 1996 Asian Winter Games champion. They placed 18th at the 1994 Winter Olympics and 22nd at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Stekolnikova teamed up with Kazarlyga in Moscow and trained with him in the United States under Natalia Dubova. Their partnership ended in 1998.
Stekolnikova teamed up with American skater Mark Fitzgerald for one season. They competed at both the Four Continents and the World Championships. After retiring from competition, she began working as a coach in Ontario, Canada.Figure skating at the 1996 Asian Winter Games
Figure skating at the 1996 Winter Asian Games took place in the city of Harbin, China with four events contested. This edition of the Winter Asiad marks the return of the sport after a ten-year absence. The previous Asian Winter Games were held in Sapporo, Japan.Freestyle skiing at the 1996 Asian Winter Games
Freestyle skiing at the 1996 Asian Winter Games took place in the city of Harbin, China with two events contested - one each for men and women. Freestyle skiing was introduced in this edition of the Winter Asiad.Hiroshi Tanaka
Hiroshi Tanaka (田中 衆史, Tanaka Hiroshi, born May 29, 1972 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese figure skater who is now a coach. He competed in Ice Dancing with Aya Kawai and Kayo Shirahata. Tanaka and Kawai placed 23rd in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. They were two-time Japanese national champions.Kim Yoon-man
Kim Yoon-man (born 25 February 1973) is a former speed skater from South Korea. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, he won a silver medal in the 500 m. He was the first South Korean person to win a medal in the Winter Olympic Games.Lyudmila Prokasheva
Lyudmila Vyacheslavovna Prokasheva (Russian: Людмила Вячеславовна Прокашёва, born 23 January 1969 in Pavlodar, Kazakh SSR) is a former speed skater. Representing Kazakhstan, she won an Olympic bronze medal in the 1998 5000 metres. In 1995, she won a silver medal in the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women.Short track speed skating at the 1996 Asian Winter Games
Short track speed skating at the 1996 Asian Winter Games took place in the city of Harbin, China with ten events being contested — five each for men and women.Song Jae-kun
Song Jae-Kun (Hangul: 송재근, Hanja: 宋在根) (born 15 February 1974) is a South Korean short track speed skater, who won a gold medal in the 5000 m relay at the 1992 Winter Olympics together with teammates Ki-Hoon Kim, Lee Joon-Ho and Moo Ji-Soo.South Korea at the 1996 Asian Winter Games
South Korea (IOC designation:Korea) participated in the 1996 Asian Winter Games held in Harbin, China PR from February 4, 1996 to February 11, 1996.Speed skating at the 1996 Asian Winter Games
Speed skating at the 1996 Winter Asian Games took place in Heilongjiang Indoor Rink Harbin-Nangang in the city of Harbin, China with nine events contested — five for men and four for women. The events were scheduled for February 5– February 9, 1996.Tatiana Malinina
Tatiana Valeryevna Malinina (Russian: Татьяна Валерьевна Малинина; born 28 January 1973) is a Russian-Uzbek figure skater who competed for Uzbekistan. She is the 1999 Grand Prix Final champion, the 1999 Four Continents champion, a two-time (1998, 2001) NHK Trophy champion, and a ten-time (1993–2002) Uzbek national champion.Wang Manli
Wang Manli (Chinese: 王曼丽, Wáng Mànlì, born 17 March 1973) is a Chinese ice speed skater who won a silver medal in the Women's 500 m at the 2006 Winter Olympics.Won Hye-kyung
Won Hye-Kyung (Hangul: 원혜경, Hanja: 元蕙敬, born 14 October 1979) is a South Korean short track speed skater, who won medals in the 1000 m and 3000 m relay at the 1998 Winter Olympics. She had already won a relay gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics, at the age of 14.Yang Yang (speed skater, born 1976)
Yang Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨扬; traditional Chinese: 楊揚; pinyin: Yáng Yáng; born 24 August 1976 in Jiamusi, Heilongjiang, China) is a former Chinese short track speed skater and current IOC member. She is a two-time Olympic Champion from 2002 Winter Olympics and a six-time Overall World Champion for 1997–2002. Known as Yang Yang (A), she was formerly a member of the Chinese national short track team. Yang is one of the most accomplished short track speed skaters of all time having won 34 world titles, including six Overall World Championships. She is the first person to have won six Overall World Titles and won six consecutively. Her victory in the women's 500 m short track at the 2002 Winter Olympics made her China's first-ever Winter Olympics gold medalist. She added a second gold in the women's 1000 m short track at the same Games and has also won two silver and a bronze medal. After 2003 World Championships, Yang took time off competing, but came back in 2004–2005 season in lead-up to 2006 Winter Olympics where she won the bronze medal in 1000m race. She retired soon afterwards.