Where were you 25 years ago? You will likely be asked that a few times over the next two weeks because Calgary is celebrating the 1988 Winter Games.
Wednesday afternoon at the Olympic Oval the Cauldron was lit and a party started.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi carried the torch at the oval and says it was a dream of his to do that in Calgary when he was 16 years old.
When asked if Calgary could host the games again, he said that would be amazing.
“Probably need to dig out the ski jump a little more and everything else is here, so certainly if the community is excited about that, why not be something worth exploring,” said Nenshi.
Many came out to celebrate wearing their ’88 Olympic Sunice jackets and shared their memories, including Jerry Joynt who was VP of Communications for the games.
“Pin trading, the food court, and everybody was having a good time and went out to events and went out to Canada Olympic Park after the events just to walk around just to be a part of the spirit.”
A torch lighting ceremony was held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Canada Olympic Park, with a replay of the opening ceremonies between 6 and 8 p.m.
And Wednesday night the Olympic Mascots Howdy and Hidy, the welcome bears made a special appearance during the Flames/Stars game at the Saddledome.
The Calgary Tower was also lit from 7-8 p.m.