XIII Olympic Winter Games
The men’s ski team put themselves on the Canadian Olympic medal chart when the Games returned to Lake Placid in 1980. Steve Podborski, one of the Crazy Canucks, won a bronze in the downhill competition. In the 1000 m speed skating race, 21-year-old Gaétan Boucher, who finished sixth in the event at the last Olympic Winter Games, shattered the old Olympic record by a second and a half. Still, he finished second to Eric Heiden of the U.S.A., the first Olympic athlete, summer or winter, to win five gold medals in individual events.
Olympic Oath (athletes): Eric Heiden (speed skating)
Olympic Oath (officials): Terry McDermott (speed skating)
Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Dr. Charles Morgan Kerr
Official Opening: Vice-President Walter Mondale