Calgary 1988 Canada 13 - 28 February 1988

  • Host Nation Canada
  • Sports 6
  • Duration 13 - 28 February 1988
  • Competition Venues 13
  • Competing Athletes 1423
  • Competing Nations 57
DAYS SINCE Calgary 1988
9,981 DAYS

About the Games

For the first time, the Olympic Winter Games were held over 16 days. The number of events increased from 39 in Sarajevo to 46 in Calgary, and among those making their debut were the super-G in alpine skiing and nordic combined team events, which had last been part of the Olympics in 1948. In all, 57 nations participated in the 1988 Winter Games, with the Soviet Union returning to the top of the medal table.

East German figure skater Katarina Witt, defended her Olympic title with a seductive performance to Bizet's Carmen. France's Franck Piccard won the gold in the new super-G event. Finland's Matti Nykanen, known as the Flying Finn‚ won all three ski jumping gold medals.