Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 11: Calgary Olympics: 16 Days of Glory

Here are a few Day 11 Olympic memories.

Vancouver Winter Olympics Day 11, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

Calgary Winter Olympics Day 11, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1988
  • High winds wiped out ski jumping (again) at Canada Olympic Park
  • A polish hockey player is disqualified for testing positive for a banned substance - Poland automatically loses the points from a win over France. Polish say poor security lead to player being 'drugged.'
  • Canada's leading point-getters for men's hockey: Marc Habscheid and Serge Boisvert with 8
  • Family Ties star Michael J. Fox is so popular he needs bodyguards to prevent being mobbed.
  • Eddie the Eagle feels "used and abused" after a local nightclub promotes his arrival and announces he'd be signing autographs as a ploy to earn money of the English ski jumper
  • Canada's Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall win the country's first ever Olympic ice-dancing medal - a bronze.
  • Figure Skating judges are criticized for unfair results.
  • Norway hockey players complain they have a difficulty finding time to practice with full-time jobs at home
  • Eddie the Eagle finishes dead last in 90-metre in front of 80,000 spectators at Canada Olympic Park. His 71 metre jump was more than 50 metres short of the Olympic gold medalist but broke the British record
  • New technology is introduced with a global team of scientists filming the games with 'space aged' innovation capable of capturing motion to four milliseconds in 3-D

Canadians Tracy Wilson and Robert McCall dance to a ragtime beat and clinch a bronze medal in ice dancing.

The Soviet team of Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Boukine swept all three ice dance segments to win the gold medal.

Eddie Edwards from Great Britain celebrates after landing his jump in the 90m ski jump competition. Although he finished in last place, Eddie the Eagle won the hearts of fans across the world.

Matti Nykanen, the Flying Finn, hoists his skis in victory after capturing the gold medal in the 90m ski jump competition.

Short-track speed skating made its Olympic debut as a demonstration sport and was held at the Max Bell Arena.

***Images Courtesy of The City of Calgary, Corporate Records, Archives

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