Memories of The Calgary 1988 Olympics

8:59 AM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

With the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics set to kick off today, I am feeling a little cheeky ( and nostalgic) as I write this post!  Some of you may recall that my home city, Calgary, hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics.  I was only 11 years old but remember it quite well.  I only got to take in a few events but I vividly recall the hustle and bustle during the games and I have some really fond memories of the event.  There were also some crazy things that stick out in my mind and I thought I would share them with you!

 Here are the funniest things I remember:

1) The Jamaican Bobsled Team.  Good enough to finish dead last, but at least they got a Disney Movie ( Cool Runnings) out of it! The whole city got behind this team.  They even cut a record while here to help pay their expenses.  Today, a model of the Jamaican bobsled can be seen hanging out of the drive through window of a McDonald's on Macleod Tr.

2) Eddie The Eagle.  British Ski Jumping Hero. Legend. Last Place.  ( Not bad for a chap that had just picked up the sport just before the Olympics.  What would posses someone to jump from those heights is beyond me.  But look at this handsome fellow....I think something is missing upstairs!  Unfortunately, he did not score many modelling gigs after the 88 Games.  Those crazy Brits!

3) Heidi and Howdy          These were the 1988 Olympic Mascots.  I remember there was a contest that every school kid entered to help name them.  The names are quite funny and are a play on Calgary's Cowboy Heritage.  Not the coolest mascots but cute! 

4) The Ugly Sun-Ice 1988 Official Winter Games Jackets! 

I guess these were the height of fashion in 1988?  Yuck.  That said, I do remember wanting one so bad.  I know that the Olympic volunteers all got one but I do not remember if they sold them in stores.  Unfortunately, there are still some folks in Calgary that think its a good idea to break out these coats in the winter time and show them off.  I am not sure who told them this was a good idea. Put them in storage....and keep them there.  Thanks! 

( FYI: People are actually selling these rags online for $500-$750! What?)

5) Pin Trading    This is a sight to see.  Pin Trading events rival the Olympic competitions themselves, with many people chasing after the "hard to find" collector pins.  People walk up to you on the street and ask to trade for pins that you have on your lapel.  Fun! Fun!  I bet I have a whole drawer full of these "collector" pins somewhere.  Probably in the junk drawer where they belong!

6) The Closing Ceremonies            I recall thinking that this was just the greatest thing ever.  As I looked for a clip to share on youtube, this proud Calgarian was a little hesitant to share it with everyone.  Take a look at this wonderful video and try not to laugh.  Especially at the 0.21 Second mark at the wonderful singing and dancing solo.  Oh My.

I may be a little cheeky, but the 1988 Games really were a wonderful time.  The whole City pulled together and it was considered one of the most successful Winter Olympics at the time. It is exciting to have the games back in Canada and I will be watching as much as possible.

Go Canada Go!

Happy Weekend! 


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  1. said...

    LOL @ the Jamaican bobsled team and Sun Ice Jackets. I too can remember when you were "no one" without a damned Sun Ice jacket--and the Olympic version? THE BOMB!

    Thanks for the memories! I live in Vancouver now--so hopefully I'll have the same memories of the 2010 Olympics.

    Go Team Canada!

  2. J-bean said...

    I guess you didn't have to actually be able to sing back in '88. Those people suck LOL really bad!

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    wow...the memories!

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  5. 3LittleMonkeys said...

    What? The Olympics are on now? For some reason I'm not into them this year. Sad, because they are actually in Canada again.

    I soooo remember those God awful jackets. Yes, I see old farts wearing them today! U-G-L-Y.
    I remember being at some of those pin trading events. I even made a little book with those pins in it! N-E-R-D. And no, I don't still have them today!

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  7. Sarah said...

    I'm really looking forward to watching the opening ceremonies this year! I love the Olympics. And this one feels especially nice because I too am a Canadian! Thanks for sharing your memories!!

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    Again, GO CANADA!!!

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  12. My Heart said...

    Ok. Seriously! I may have to send you the bill for fixing my computer after spewing my drink ALL over my laptop! {Grin} That was classic! I can guarantee I will never have the olympics in my province. SK just isn't into SunIce and bad singing. Ha ha!

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