Wednesday, January 19, 2011

XV th Calgary Olympics 6.4.1988

The 1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event held in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada from 13 to 28 February 1988. The host was selected in 1981 after having beat Falun, Sweden and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Most events took place in Calgary, although Alpine skiing took place in Kananaskis and Nordic skking and biathlon taking place in Canmore. Fifty-seven nations and 1,423 athletes participated in the games, with five countries making their debut in the Winter Olympics. Super-G made its Olympic debut, while curling, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating and disabled skiing were demonstration sports. Speed skating was held in an indoor rink for the first time and the games were extended to 16 days.
On the stamp is shown Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykanen who won five Olympic medals. Three of them were gold medals won at the Calgary Winter Olympics in Canada in 1988. This FDC is courtesy of Ella.

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