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While the Cranky Crankersons out there the Olympics and never watch a minute of the wall to wall coverage, many more of us live and die with our athletes, plenty of whom have spent years in Alberta fine tuning their skills for the ultimate stage.

We mere mortals disrupt our lives for two weeks to take in so much of the action that broadcast overnight from Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the athletes have dedicated their young lives.

While the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games were indeed a magical moment in this province history, it the amazing legacy of those venues, minus the problematic ski jumps, that has allowed the spirit to live on in the hearts of today athletes.

The men and women of vision who brought the Games to Calgary did so much more with their inspired belief that Canada, and, in fact, the world could and would benefit greatly from the legacy of 1988 when the Games themselves had long moved on.

Those facilities, so familiar now as part of the landscape, both literally and culturally, have proven critical in Canada development as a winter sports powerhouse.

Remember, we only won five medals in 1988 silvers from Brian Orser and Elizabeth Manley, and bronze from Karen Percy (two!) and Rob McCall and Tracy Wilson.

But wow, those medals and those Games were the initial inspiration for generations of amazing athletes and those who continue to slide, glide and ride for national glory.

We had 27 medals as of press time before the Olympics in Pyeongchang were over.

So as the fine young men and women representing Canada on the world stage give their all for Olympic glory, let us remember and appreciate those who initially brought the 1988 Games and our legacy venues to Calgary and had the foresight to make Alberta a place where dreams take flight.
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