The opening ceremony of the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

Calgary 1988

Team Canada Medal Count

Gold medal icon 0
Silver medal icon 2
Bronze medal icon 3

Flag Bearers

Opening Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Games Summary

XV Olympic Winter Games

After several previous bids, Calgary finally won the vote to become the first Canadian host city of the Olympic Winter Games. Delegations from around the world were greeted with traditional Western Canadian hospitality and top quality facilities and organization. The only major problem faced was out of anyone’s control as a warm Chinook forced many alpine skiing events to be rescheduled. Among the greatest legacies of these Games are the venues, including the first sliding centre in Canada and the ski jumps at Canada Olympic Park as well as the Nordic centre in Canmore, which went on to serve as training facilities for future Canadian Olympians.

Brian Orser carrying the Canadian flag

Three of Canada’s medals came from the figure skaters. As the host nation’s only reigning world champion, figure skater Brian Orser was given the honour of carrying the Canadian flag into the Opening Ceremony. He went on to capture his second straight Olympic silver medal, this time in one of the most anticipated showdowns in Olympic history, the “Battle of the Brians”, with American rival Brian Boitano.

Elizabeth Manley entered the Games as a dark horse in an event billed as the “Battle of the Carmens” between her competitors Katarina Witt and Debi Thomas. But she followed up her fourth place finish in compulsory figures and third place finish in the short program with a victory in the free skate thanks to a technical and entertaining routine that gave her the silver medal.

Manley, Elizabeth figure skating

Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall showed they were true figure skating trailblazers by becoming the first Canadian ice dancers to stand on an Olympic podium. The seven-time national champions broke through the European dominance to win bronze and set the stage for future Canadian ice dance success.

Canada’s two other medals both came from alpine skier Karen Percy who won bronze in the downhill and super-G.

Wilson, Tracy and McCall, Robert skating


Canadian Medallists

Event Athlete Finish Sport
Singles - MenBrian OrserSilverFigure Skating
Singles - WomenElizabeth ManleySilverFigure Skating
Ice Dance - MixedTracy Wilson, Rob McCallBronzeFigure Skating
Downhill - WomenKaren PercyBronzeSkiing - Alpine
Super-G - WomenKaren PercyBronzeSkiing - Alpine

Overall Medal Count

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1Soviet Union119929
2East Germany910625
5West Germany2428
8Sweden4 - 26
9United States2136
11Norway - 325
12Canada - 235
13Yugoslavia - 213
14Czechoslovakia - 123
15France1 - 12
T16Japan - - 11
T16Liechtenstein - - 11