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Best Winter Sports in Calgary

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Olympic Oval

The Olympic Oval, one of the sites of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, continues to be a solid attraction for tourists. The massive silvery-white roof that covers this huge building on the University of Calgary campus is an engineering and architectural marvel. The facility remains the fastest speed skating track in the world, with records routinely shattered at World Cup competitions staged each year. Several national teams, including Canada's, train here, offering fans a chance to have very close brushes with the skating elite. The track is regularly open to the public for skating on regular or rental speed skates.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Canada Olympic Park Bobsleigh Rides

If you haven't felt a good adrenaline rush in a while, this thrilling, eighty-second bobsleigh ride down a track used in the 1988 Olympic Games is well worth it. Using a specially built bobsleigh that requires neither steering nor brakes, sledders rocket down the ice-covered track at speeds in excess of 90 kilometers per hour (55.9 miles per hour). It's all perfectly safe, but is sure to get your blood pumping again. For most, the first ride is enough, but if you're ready for more, the staff at the Canada Olympic Park Bobsleigh will help you gear up for a second run.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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WinSport Canada Olympic Park

Canada Olympic Park was the venue for the 1998 Winter Olympics and offers a variety of adventure sports facilities. These facilities are used both by high-performance winter athletes and by ordinary, adventurous, Calgarians. The bobsled track immortalized by four Jamaican sledders continues to be used for World Cup events. The downhill ski slope is a popular entry-level spot for skiers, while the half-pipe area crawls with local snowboarders. The park also gets steady summer use by cross-country and downhill mountain bike racers. Inside the main COP building there is a restaurant/bar and the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. Prices vary according to activity.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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