About the Games
A total of 1423 athletes from 57 countries participated in Calgary Winter Olympics and competed in 46 events.
Most medals won (from a total of 17 teams) by: 1. USSR – 29 (11, 9, 9), 2. GDR – 25 (9, 10, 6), 3. Switzerland – 15 (5, 5, 5).
Lithuania in the Games
Vida Vencienė won two medals in Calgary (gold for women’s 10 km classical and bronze for 5 km classical). So far no other Lithuanian winter sports athlete has managed to win two medals in a single Winter Olympics.
The Olympic programme included the men’s and women’s super giant slalom, Nordic combined, ski jumping team event, and women’s speed skating 5000-meter race. Also, Alpine combined event (both men’s and women’s) returned to the Olympic programme.
Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Jamaica, and the Netherlands Antilles, and the Virgin Islands had their Winter Olympics debut.
Christa Rotheburger of East Germany won the gold medal in the 1000 m race in speed skating. Seven months later she won a silver medal in the cycling event in Seoul 1988 Summer Games and became the only person in Olympic history to win medals at both Olympic Games in the same year.
Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics website:
Commemorative film about the first Lithuanian winter sports Olympians, part 2: