The 1988 Winter Olympics (officially the XV Olympic Winter Games and also known as Calgary 1988) were an international winter multi-sport event held between February 13 and 28, 1988 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Games were opened as per tradition by Governor-General Jeanne Sauvé. 57 nations competed in 46 events divided into six sports.
The Games were dominated primarily by the Soviet Union and East Germany, both countries that would dissolve before the next Winter Olympic Games. Canada failed to win any gold medals in an official medal event on home soil, something only accomplished once before by the French Olympic team at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Paris.
|Voting results for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games|
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- Dutch speed skater Yvonne van Gennip set two world records and won three golds.
- For the first time, Jamaica entered a 4-man bobsled team. They did not finish (due to mechanical failure), but the media and spectators fell in love with their spirit despite being against much more skilled teams.
- The men's and woman's Super G alpine event made its first Olympic appearance.
- For the first time, long track speedskating took place indoors.
- For the first time, alpine events took place on artificial snow.
- For the first time, ski jumpers competed in teams.
- Winter Olympics were extended to 16 days for the first time in Olympic history.
- Unseasonably warm Chinook Winds threatened to cancel events and sent a ski jumper flying into a camera tower.
- Michael Edwards, aka Eddie the Eagle, competed on behalf of GBR, winning the hearts and imagination of many spectators.
- The opening and closing ceremonies took place in the same stadium for the first time.
- Logos - A collection of logos featuring this event.
- Mascots - The official mascots of this Olympics.
- Torch - Information about this Olympics' torch.
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