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Remembering the 1988 Olympic Winter Games
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It was 30 years ago that saw Calgary rise to the fore on the world stage as host city for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. As an official sponsor of ‘88 games, we are reflecting on the hardworking spirit of our people as we helped the city welcome so many extraordinary and courageous international athletes.

The Cauldrons

On Feb. 13, 1988, a chilly but excited crowd filled McMahon Stadium to witness the opening ceremonies and ignition of the official Olympic cauldron. The symbolic blaze was not only fuelled by our natural gas, but its cauldron was also designed and built by our people.

Five kilometres away at the Calgary Tower, Alan Dixon, then a natural gas senior engineer, stood alongside two-time Olympian “Jungle Jim” Hunter harnessed at the very top of the tower. At 190 metres above the ground, Jim fired up a second (and much larger Olympic Cauldron), with a blaze so bright it could be seen 15 kilometres away. More cauldrons would be lit throughout the games, each one fuelled by our natural gas.

ATCO Cauldron

Preparing for the Games

We had the privilege of support the ’88 Winter Olympic Games by bringing a full suite of services including:

  • Official Olympic Cauldron
    Designed, built and installed by our natural gas team, the cauldron is still in use and resides at The University of Calgary Olympic Oval.
  • Lincoln Park Village
     We built 500 custom-designed homes for 2,300 international media and Olympic officials.
  • Canmore Athletes’ Village
    We provided housing for 600 competitors in the Nordic and biathlon competitions as well as a permanent facility that still houses a swimming pool, curling rink and golf clubhouse.
  • ABC-TV broadcast studio
    There’s nothing more thrilling than watching the Olympics live on television. That’s why we built a 50,000 square-foot television studio and on-site TV broadcast facilities to share the games with the world!

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