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Biathlon, Calgary, 1988

Biathlon, Calgary, 1988 Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Biathlon, Calgary, 1988
Denomination
34¢
Date of Issue
October 15, 1986
Quantity
7,825,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
1988 Olympic Winter Games
Series Time Span
1986 - 1988
Perforation or Dimension
13.5 x 13
Printer
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Creators
Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.
About Stamp
The second issue of Calgary Winter Olympic stamps features two of the Olympic sports: hockey, one of Canada's favourite sport, and the biathlon, which is steadily growing in popularity. Biathlon combines the all-out physical effort of cross-country skiing with the calm precision of rifle-shooting. To calculate the results of a biathlon event, officials add penalty minutes for missed shots to the number of minutes each competitor has spent on the trail. These two stamps were designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier of Montreal. Using the diagonal dot pattern he developed for the first stamp in the Olympic series, Mr. Pelletier has captured a hockey player stick-handling a puck towards the viewer, and a biathlon contestant skiing away from a target shoot. The official symbol of the Calgary Olympic Games is included in the stamp design. Olympic words and symbols are official marks and copyrights of the Canadian Olympic Association.
Reference
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1986.
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