CALGARY - Canada
Having already been a candidate for the 1968 winter games, the English-speaking Canadian town of Calgary in Alberta, hosted the games in 1988.To ensure ideal conditions for the events, the organisers went so far as to place the ice skating in a covered building. It was the first time this had been done. However, the climatic conditions at Calgary are very changeable. For example, during the games, temperatures varied between -22°C and +28°C, mainly due to a wind named the Chinook by the Indians.Many events had to be postponed.On a sporting note, these games saw Frenchman Franck Picard rewarded with the gold medal in the Super G, and a bronze for the downhill event, and the Italian Tomba with a gold for the slalom. Katarina Witt was still the Ice Queen. As for the host country, Canada did not manage to win a single medal.