1988 Winter Olympics
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XV Olympic Winter Games
The emblem is a stylized, pentagon shaped, snowflake and maple leaf, made up of five large and five small letters of ''C'' to symbolize the country of Canada and the city of Calgary, above the Olympic rings.
Host city: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Motto: Can You Feel It?
Nations participating: 57
Athletes participating: 1423 (1122 men, 301 women)
Events: 46 in 6 sports
Opening ceremony: 13 February 1988
Closing ceremony: 28 February 1988
Officially opened by: Governor general Jeanne Sauvé of Canada
Athlete's Oath: Pierre Harvey
Judge's Oath: Suzanna Morrow-Francis
Olympic Torch: Robyn Perry
Stadium: McMahon Stadium
The 1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event celebrated 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 skiing and biathlon taking place in Canmore. The games were held after the 1988 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, the last time the two tournaments were not held in the same city.
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.