The third issue of Calgary Olympic Winter Games stamps features bobsleigh and speedskating. Both stamps reflect the speed which is so much a part of winter sports. The bobsleigh competition will take place at Canada Olympic Park on a 1480-meter reinforced-concrete chute covered with artificial ice. From a standing start, the two or four-person teams push the sled forward and leap in. They often hit speeds of 160 kilometers an hour before reaching the finish line. Designer Pierre-Yves Pelletier of Montreal continues with his stylized, diagonal-screen interpretation of sports photographs as seen on previous stamps issued for the Calgary Olympic Winter Games. In this issue, one stamp is based on a two-man bobsleigh built to meet the specifications set for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, while the other shows a female speedskater.
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1987.
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