Canada Post Corporation will honour the XVI Olympic Winter Games, being held this year in France, with a commemorative stamp booklet of five se-tenant stamp designs. The stamps are being issued on February 7, 1992 - a day before the Games officially open in Albertville. Located in the Savoie Region in the heart of the French Alps, the Games will not only take place in Albertville, but in surrounding villages such as Tignes, Courchevel and the frequently visited Val d'Isère. The Savoie is situated in south-eastern France near the borders of Italy and Switzerland, strategically important for its passes through the western Alps. Five separate sports have been chosen to represent Canada's participation in these Olympic Winter Games. Among the most popular and spectacular, these include alpine skiing, figure skating, ski jumping, hockey and bobsledding. Canada has a proud tradition of participation in the Olympic Winter Games, particularly in the five sporting disciplines depicted in this stamp booklet. Since its introduction to Canada in the late 19th century by Scandinavians, ski jumping has never been a mass participation sport. But since the first Canadian championship in 1898, the sport has continued to flourish with the recent daring feats of Horst Bulau and Steve Collins.
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