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1988 Winter Olympics

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Template:Olympics infobox The XV Olympic Winter Games were held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Olympics were highly successful, financially, as they brought in million-dollar profits. The games have left a lasting impression on the host city and gave it a new identity from a cowtown to a large commercial sector of the country.

The 1988 Games were the last games where the Paralympics were not also held in the same city.

Contents

1 Medals awarded
2 Medal Count
3 The Olympics in Canada and Calgary
4 See also
5 External links

Highlights

  • Two competitors, Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards in ski jumping and the Jamaican bobsledding team, entered their respective competitions with little experience and less chance of winning any medals. However, the determination of these novices to compete in spite of being outmatched by their competitors won the affection of the spectators which overshadowed the actual winners. They were hailed as demonstrating the true Olympic spirit as playing for the simple thrill of competition. The story of the bobsledding team was made into a film called Cool Runnings.
  • For the first time in history the Winter Olympics were extended to 16 days, the speed skating events were held indoors on a covered rink, the alpine events took place on artificial snow, and warm Chinook winds not only threatened to cancel events, but sent a ski jumper flying into a camera tower.
  • The United States only won 6 medals in this Olympics. It is the worst performance from a team fielded by the U.S.

Medals awarded

See the medal winners, ordered by sport:

Medal Count

Top medal-collecting nations:
(for the full table, see 1988 Winter Olympics medal count)

1988 Winter Olympics medal count
Pos. Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
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USSR
11 9 9 29
2 East Germany 9 10 6 25
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Switzerland
5 5 5 15
4 Missing image
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Finland
4 0 3 7
5 Sweden 4 0 2 6
6 Austria 3 5 2 10
7 Netherlands 3 2 2 7
8 West Germany 2 4 2 8
9 Missing image
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United States
2 1 3 6
10 Template:ITA 2 1 2 5

The Olympics in Canada and Calgary

1988 was the second time Canada had hosted the Olympics, this includes the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Subsequently, Canada won the bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics for Vancouver.

Calgary gained international stature from the Olympics, and left it, with world class facilities to host interntational meets and serve as a training facility. Ever mindful of the financial disaster of the 1976 Summer Olympics, Calgary was financially successful, erasing the spectre of a second Canadian games at a loss. Its use of the profits a fund for the future of Canada Olympic Park and Canadian athletes through CODA gives Calgary a lasting legacy and impact on the Canadian sports scene. It also provides for the ability to maintain and upgrade facilities in Calgary, Banff, and Lake Louise.

Not only was there a profound economic impact, there was a substantial social one as well. From the unprecedented volunteer involvement in staging the games, to a program where ordinary Calgarians could purchase, for $19.88, a brick at the medal presentation plaza with their name laser-engraved on it. The involvement of Calgarians was of paramount importance to the organizing committee, OCO'88, in order to keep the games from appearing distant and "out of reach".

See also

External links


Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
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Winter Olympic Games
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¹Not currently recognised as official by the IOC.     ²Cancelled due to war.
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