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Cross-Country Skiing, Calgary, 1988

1988 Olympic Winter Games

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 13, 1987
Year 1987
Quantity 8,200,000
Perforation or Dimension 13.5 x 13
Series 1988 Olympic Winter Games
Series Time Span 1986 - 1988
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.70
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.30
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About Stamp

The fourth issue of Calgary Olympic Winter Games stamps features cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Cross-country skiing originated around 3000 BC in the Scandinavian countries as a form of transportation. Archaeologists speculate that it first appeared in Canada about 1000 AD at the short-lived Viking settlement of L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Scandinavian prospectors and railway builders reintroduced it to Canada in the 19th century. Alpine skiing eclipsed cross-country skiing in Canada from the 1940s to 1970s but thanks to the recent fitness boom and the efforts of "Jackrabbit" Johannsen, cross-country skiing is now one of Canada's most popular sports. In the Nordic combined Olympic event, athletes compete in both ski jumping and cross-country skiing. The placings in this first part of the event, ski jumping, determine the order and part time of start in cross-country skiing. The person who wins the second part of the event thus wins the whole competition. One stamp of this se-tenant pair shows a ski jumper against a forest background. The other depicts a cross-country ski racer using the marathon skate, a stride which has been officially approved for use in the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Pierre-Yves Pelletier of Montreal designed these and the previous stamps in the Calgary Olympic Winter Games series.


Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.


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