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1988 Calgary Winter Games

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Host City: Calgary, Canada (February 13, 1988 to February 28, 1988)
Opening Ceremony: February 13, 1988 (opened by Governor-General Jeanne Sauvé)
Lighter of the Olympic Flame: Robyn Perry
Takers of the Olympic Oath: Pierre Harvey (athlete) and Suzi Morrow (official)
Closing Ceremony: February 28, 1988
Events: 46 in 11 sports

Participants: 1,426 (1,109 men and 315 women) from 57 countries
Youngest Participant: CHN Liu Luyang (11 years, 256 days)
Oldest Participant: ISV Harvey Hook (52 years, 197 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 8 athletes with 3 medals
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (29 medals)

Overview

Canada has long been a strong proponent of winter sport, but prior to 1988, no Canadian city had hosted the Olympic Winter Games, though several had tried. But in the words of Canadian folk singer, Gordon Lightfoot, the world was "Alberta Bound" in February 1988, as Winter Olympia came to Calgary. Lightfoot, in fact, sang that song at the opening ceremonies. Until the 1990s, perhaps only the majesty of Innsbruck's two efforts rivaled Calgary's staging of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

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Country Medal Leaders

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Soviet Union 11 9 9 29
2 East Germany 9 10 6 25
3 Switzerland 5 5 5 15
4 Austria 3 5 2 10
5 West Germany 2 4 2 8
6 Finland 4 1 2 7
7 Netherlands 3 2 2 7
8 Sweden 4 0 2 6
9 United States 2 1 3 6
10 Italy 2 1 2 5
11 Norway 0 3 2 5
12 Canada 0 2 3 5
13 Yugoslavia 0 2 1 3
14 Czechoslovakia 0 1 2 3
15 France 1 0 1 2
16 Liechtenstein 0 0 1 1
17 Japan 0 0 1 1

Athlete Medal Leaders

Rk Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Yvonne van Gennip (NED) 3 0 0 3
2 Matti Nykänen (FIN) 3 0 0 3
3 Tamara Tikhonova (URS) 2 1 0 3
4 Valery Medvedtsev (URS) 1 2 0 3
5 Marjo Matikainen (FIN) 1 0 2 3
6 Karin Enke-Kania (GDR) 0 2 1 3
7 Andrea Ehrig-Schöne-Mitscherlich (GDR) 0 2 1 3
8 Vladimir Smirnov (URS) 0 2 1 3
9 Vreni Schneider (SUI) 2 0 0 2
10 Tomas Gustafson (SWE) 2 0 0 2
11 Frank-Peter Roetsch (GDR) 2 0 0 2
12 Gunde Svan (SWE) 2 0 0 2
13 Alberto Tomba (ITA) 2 0 0 2
14 Anfisa Reztsova (URS) 1 1 0 2
15 Christa Rothenburger-Luding (GDR) 1 1 0 2
16 Mikhail Devyatyarov (URS) 1 1 0 2
17 Hippolyt Kempf (SUI) 1 1 0 2
18 Uwe-Jens Mey (GDR) 1 1 0 2
19 Aleksey Prokurorov (URS) 1 1 0 2
20 Hubert Strolz (AUT) 1 1 0 2
21 Bonnie Blair (USA) 1 0 1 2
22 Vida Vencienė (URS) 1 0 1 2
23 Sergey Chepikov (URS) 1 0 1 2
24 Jānis Ķipurs (URS) 1 0 1 2
25 Vladimir Kozlov (URS) 1 0 1 2
26 Franck Piccard (FRA) 1 0 1 2
27 Pirmin Zurbriggen (SUI) 1 0 1 2
28 Brigitte Oertli (SUI) 0 2 0 2
29 Wolfgang Hoppe (GDR) 0 2 0 2
30 Bogdan Musiol (GDR) 0 2 0 2
31 Christa Kinshofer-Güthlein (FRG) 0 1 1 2
32 Raisa Smetanina (URS) 0 1 1 2
33 Matjaž Debelak (YUG) 0 1 1 2
34 Michael Hadschieff (AUT) 0 1 1 2
35 Erik Johnsen (NOR) 0 1 1 2
36 Klaus Sulzenbacher (AUT) 0 1 1 2
37 Leo Visser (NED) 0 1 1 2
38 Karen Percy (CAN) 0 0 2 2
39 Gabi Zange-Schönbrunn (GDR) 0 0 2 2
40 Maria Walliser (SUI) 0 0 2 2
41 Johann Passler (ITA) 0 0 2 2

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