Rafael B.

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Regional Heritage School Fair

XV Olympic Winter Games Calgary '88

My project is about the XV Olympic Winter Games celebrated in Calgary, Alberta during February 13 and 28 of 1988.  I talk about the Olympic torch relay, the symbols, the mascots, the Canadian medalists, and some interesting athlete stories.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was that Calgary, my hometown, was the place where 1423 athletes from 57 countries reunited in 1988 to compete for 138 medals. Among the winners were 5 Canadian athletes who won 5 medals: 2 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. Other athletes such as the Jamaican bobsled team didn't win any medal but competed in the winter olympic for first time, thus bringing a sport legacy to their country.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

For me, the most important lesson I learned while working in my project was that, no matter the impediments, with determination, you can always live your dream and achieve your mission. An example of this during the Calgary Olympics was Eddy "the Eagle" Edwards and the Jamaican bobsled team who were recognized internationally for their determination. Another lesson I learned is that its not necessary to win or to break records but to get recognition from your efforts and good work.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The lives of the Calgary Olympics athletes was significantly driven by hard work and determination.They were able to classify for the 1988 olympics due to constant training and effort. As the athletes in 1988, I have also worked hard, tried my best, and stayed positive during my project. All these conditions were required back then by the athletes to compete and by me right now to complete my project.