We can all take pride in the success of Calgary’s 1988 Olympics. But the reasons for that financial success don’t exist today (broadcast rights held by Calgary, limited security costs). With no new venues planned, what legacy will we get from a multi-billion-dollar cost for 2026?
“Calgary Olympic Games Official Report”, 1988. XV Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee
This report is readable and candid, outlining an extensive history of the Games’ production and includes challenges and difficulties. The scale of the ’88 Games, the funding relationships and revenue/expenses are all interesting in light of Calgary2026.
“It’s How You Play the Game, The inside story of the Calgary Olympics”, Frank W. King, 1991
Available from Calgary Public Library
Frank King’s readable book is clearly his personal perspective and includes amusing stories about Ralph Klein (they didn’t get along) and others. It also makes very clear that OCO88 was a citizen-led project, much more volunteer driven than the proposed Calgary2026 Games and had a clear value proposition: to catapult a very small city onto the world stage while adding numerous venues and assets that didn’t exist. It is amusing that in the opening of the memoir, in the late ’70s, King mentions that the most needed venue in Calgary was a fieldhouse. Funny how the Olympics tends to skew the host city’s goals away from what it most needs.