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Ten years after the Calgary Olympics

The Story

Ten years after the Winter Olympics in Calgary, the Alberta city continues to benefit from the Games. The facilities and the financial legacy created by the Games have made Calgary an international training ground that attracts athletes from all over the world. Speed skaters in particular rave over the Olympic skating oval which they say has the best and fastest ice in the world, reports CBC Radio. But it's a different story when it comes to ski jumping. Despite the top quality facilities, the ski jumps sit abandoned over the western edge of the city. Canada failed to even qualify for ski jumping combined for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano. The coaches blame the lack of funding in attracting youngsters to a relatively expensive and obscure sport. 

Medium: Radio
Program: The Inside Track
Broadcast Date: Feb. 1, 1998
Reporter: Bob Keating
Duration: 4:47

Did You know?

• The top quality speed skating facility in Calgary resulted in a total of nine medals in speed skating for Canada at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano. That was a marked improvement compared to a decade earlier at the Calgary Games when Canada was shut out of the medal race altogether in speed skating.

• The legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics is alive and well. After winning five medals in Calgary, Canada captured seven medals in Albertville 1992, 13 medals in Lillehammer 1994, 15 medals in Nagano 1998 and 17 medals in Salt Lake City 2002.


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