Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the 25th Anniversary of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games
OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ – Today marks the 25(th) anniversary of the opening ceremony of the XV Olympic Winter Games in
Calgary, Alberta. These were the first Olympic Winter Games held on
Canadian soil, and for 16 days, the world watched incredible
performances from some amazing athletes. These Games also offered a
number of “firsts”–the first Winter Olympic Games to expand to 16 days;
the first smoke-free Olympic Games, and the first Olympic Games where
speed skating was held indoors.
The Games produced countless memories for both athletes and spectators:
Elizabeth Manley’s silver medal winning skate in women’s figure
skating; Brian Orser and Brian Boitano fighting it out for the men’s
figure skating title in the “Battle of the Brians” the inspiring story
of a bobsleigh team from Jamaica that captured hearts around the world;
and “Eddie the Eagle,” a plucky Englishman who soared to new heights.
Although 25 years have passed, the legacy of the Calgary 1988 Winter
Games lives on, most notably through world-class winter sport
facilities that are still being used today. WinSport Canada Olympic
Park and the Olympic Oval are international training centres that have
produced numerous world and Olympic champions in speed skating,
bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton.
Canada has hosted the Olympic Games three times: the 1976 Summer
Olympics in MontrÃ©al; the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary; and the 2010
Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
As the single largest contributor to sport in this country, our
Government recognizes that hosting the Olympic Games provides Canada
with the opportunity to promote Canadian culture and athleticism, while
sharing our values of openness, equality, and respect for human rights.
In 1988, the world witnessed the best Canada has to offer, and 25 years
later, we are still reaping the rewards of these Games.
As Minister of State (Sport), and on behalf of the Government of Canada,
I would like to congratulate everyone who made the 1988 Calgary Olympic
Winter Games a resounding success, including the Organizing Committee,
volunteers, spectators, and athletes. I also want to wish our elite
athletes the best of luck as they continue their pursuit of excellence
in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games next year in
SOURCE Canadian Heritage