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Olympic Games Introduction
In 1976, Montreal became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Games. Breaking new ground, organizers overcame many challenges to take on the world's most celebrated international multi-sport event. Ordinary people across the nation shared the excitement with torch relays and celebrations. For the first time, Canadian Olympians discovered powerful opportunities to challenge limitations and fulfill their potential on home soil. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. The dedication of community organizers and memorable performances given by Canadian athletes took the event to new heights. A resounding success, Calgary's Olympic legacy improved funding, public support and world-class training facilities for future competitors. When Canada hosted the Olympic Winter Games for a second time in Vancouver 2010, homegrown athletes were empowered to succeed as never before. Thanks to unprecedented media coverage, their achievements ignited a nation-wide outpouring of pride and excitement that remains a high-water mark in Canadian sport history.