Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Who came to the 1988 Winter Olympics?

If you want to know the answer to that question, then you can check out the flags flying on the plaza outside the lodge at Canada Olympic Park. They are the legacy of the 1988 Winter Games which are fondly remembered by Calgarians...they were the games of Eddie the Eagle and the Jamaican bobsled team.
These flags gather in a semi-circle round one of the Olympic flames used in the '88 and represent every nation that competed. I can identify Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden France and Germany and Jamaica amongst others. It's amazing to think how much the political landscape has shifted in 21 years. I wonder which flags will be flying in the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver?


  1. I find your comments thoughtful. The political landscape has changed. Even though the media covers everything and everywhere almost instantly, it is my understanding that we live in a more peaceful, less violent world than in earlier times, but probably for your sake and mine still not peaceful enough.

  2. very true!

    hope that whatever changes that do take place, do so in peace - no violence.

  3. Yes, the world has changed a lot in the last decades, but even so...

    Answering to your question, the old benches I've been posting date from the late 18th century.

  4. This is great. I would love to attend one of the games some day. I just love flags!

  5. The flags look great. I remember watching Eddie the Eagle and the Jamaican Bobsled team! Two great and inspiring stories.

    And don't forget the movie about the Jamaican bobsled team with John Candy - funny, funny guy; needless to say I liked the movie too.

  6. Nice shot! Hey, this would be a good one to link to Color Carnival this week!