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Calgary 1988 - Quick hits
- Ride 'em, cowboy!
Calgary is home to the world famous Calgary Stampede, a giant, Wild West-style rodeo which attracts up to a million visitors every year. The roof of the Olympic ice rink, home of the Calgary Flames ice hockey team, is shaped like a giant saddle and known as The Saddledome.
- A game too far
The International Ice Hockey Federation threatened to pull out of the Games when it discovered that the Games had been extended from 12 to 16 days. Several countries wanted their players back on home territory as fast as possible to compete in vital league games. The problem was solved when compensation terms were agreed.
- Biathlon first for Rotsch
East German Peter Rotsch, who triumphed in both the 10km and 20km races, became the first athlete to win the two individual biathlon titles at the Olympic Games.
A new drug test carried out on a urine sample provided by Polish ice hockey player, Jaroslav Morawieki, after his country's 6-2 victory against France revealed the presence of anabolic steroids. Morawieki was banned from the Games and Poland lost the two points they had been awarded for their victory.
- The pill
For the first time athletes were allowed to take the contraceptive pill during the Games. The IOC medical commission had previously ruled it out because it contained norphisterone, a banned substance producing effects similar to anabolic steroids. If an athlete's test proved positive, the commission reserved the right to rule on a case-by-case basis.
- Land protest
The Lubicon Indians called for a boycott of the Calgary Games in protest at the destruction of their ancestral lands by oil companies.
- Ski horror
An Austrian surgeon collided with another skier at speed on one of the slopes and was crushed to death under the tracks of a snow-flattening machine. The grisly spectacle was witnessed by Swiss skiers Pirmin Zurbriggen and Martin Hangl.
- Safety first
The Canadians were disqualified from the giant slalom because their ski suits had not been presented to the authorities for a safety check. The same fate befell competitors from Bolivia, Lebanon, Morocco and Taiwan.
- Search party
Long after all the other competitors had crossed the finish line in the men's 50km cross-country event there was still no sign of Mexican competitor Alvaro Martinez. A search party finally found him, in perfect health and on course but going very, very slowly.
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