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1988 Calgary

1988 Calgary
  • Duration:
    February 13 to 28
  • Nations Participating:
    57 NOCs
  • Events:
    46
  • Competing Athletes:
    1423 (1122 men, 301 women
  • Canadian Competitors:
    112 (82 men, 30 women)
  • Medals Won:
    5 (0 G, 2 S, 3 B)

XV Olympic Winter Games

In 1988, Calgary hosted the first Olympic Winter Games  held on Canadian soil. Delegations from around the world were greeted with traditional Western Canadian hospitality and top quality facilities and organization.

Three of the five medals won by Canadian athletes in front of the hometown crowds came from figure skaters. Elizabeth Manley and Brian Orser each won silver while the ice dance duo of Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall skated to a bronze medal. Alpine skier Karen Percy earned the other two medals with bronze medal runs in the women’s downhill and super-G.

The medals only tell part of the story, though. The Canadian team finished with a record 19 top-eight finishes — almost double the total four years earlier in Sarajevo. Our athletes in the demonstration sports of curling, short track speed skating and freestyle skiing also proved themselves, recording three firsts, six seconds and five thirds. After the successes in Calgary, short track and the moguls event in freestyle skiing were given official medal status on the Olympic program.

Olympic Oath (athletes): Pierre Harvey (cross-country skiing)

Olympic Oath (officials): Suzanne Morrow Francis (figure skating)

Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Robin Perry (schoolgirl)

Official Opening: Her Excellency the Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Governor General of Canada

Medal Count

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RANK:

COUNTRY:

GOLD:

SILVER:

BRONZE:

TOTAL:

1Soviet Union119929
2East Germany910625
3Switzerland55515
4Austria35210
5West Germany2428
6Finland4127
7Netherlands3227
8Sweden4 - 26
9United States2136
10Italy2125
11Norway - 325
12Canada - 235
13Yugoslavia - 213
14Czechoslovakia - 123
15France1 - 12
T16Japan - - 11
T16Liechtenstein - - 11

Canadian Medallists

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FINISH:

ATHLETE:

SPORT:

EVENT:

RESULT:

SilverBrian OrserFigure SkatingSingles - Men -
SilverElizabeth ManleyFigure SkatingSingles - Women -
BronzeTracy Wilson, Rob McCallFigure SkatingIce Dance - Mixed -
BronzeKaren PercySkiing - AlpineDownhill - Women -
BronzeKaren PercySkiing - AlpineSuper-G - Women -

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