Canadian coquetry? It has been reported that Vice-President Nixon commented that the Canadians were the smartest looking group at the opening ceremonies. The Hudson's Bay supplied their distinctive winter coats for the Squaw Valley Games in 1960. The Canadian Olympic Association is financed by donations only and contributions from Canadian companies were sought after as the documents shown here attest.
Nancy Green made her first appearance at the Olympics at Squaw Valley. The Canadian Hockey Team was from Kitchener-Waterloo and won the silver medal.
It was also the first time a village was created to house the Olympic athletes together.
1964 saw the first fully computerized Games. The Canadian four-man bobsleigh team won the Gold Medal while Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revelle won the Silver Medal in figure skating pairs.
At Grenoble, in 1968, Nancy Greene won the Gold Medal in the giant slalom competition. She was the star among Canadians. Another rising star delivered his promises: French Jean-Claude Killy won the Gold Medal in the men's giant slalom.
Toller Cranston participated for the first time at the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972. His release, Olympic Oath of Amateurism and Certificate forms, all signed by him, are found among other Canadian athletes forms in the Canadian Olympic Association Collection. He was 9th in men's figure skating. At Innsbruck in 1976, he won the bronze medal. There are a number of "personal" items in the collections such as the diary kept by the Canadian Team in the Sapporo Daily Bulletin. To get around in Japan, athletes may have found the phrase book very useful. Language and culture are a challenge of a different type at the Games.
To get prepared, athletes have to undergo a long and hard training. Who would have thought that they must also read this voluminous Participants' Manual? An Olympic exploit indeed!
Again the Canadian look smart with their Hudson's Bay Mackinaw at the 1984 Sarajevo Games. These coats are more than a trade mark, they truly represent Canada and Canadians.
A surprising item from the Landry Collection: Action évangélique olympique, Albertville 1992. There are a few more of those leaflets for the Albertville Olympics. The relief map was used to promote Albertville in their bid to host the Games.