Date of Issue
February 7, 1992
Olympic Winter Games
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Designed by Katalin Kovats.
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. Figure skating is also a sport in which Canadians have literally leapt to perfection. A Canadian, Louis Rubenstein, won the unofficial world championship in St. Petersburg in 1890. Canadians fell in love with Barbara Ann Scott when she won the world's in 1947 and then repeated as the Olympic gold medalist in 1948. The first and only non-Europeans to win Olympic gold medals in pair skating were Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul at the 1960 Games in Squaw Valley. This year Canadians will be glued to their sets to see if three-time world champion, Kurt Browning of Alberta, can mount the podium as 1992 Men's Olympic Gold Champion.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 5, 1992, p. 15-18.
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