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. The first game of hockey played under rules resembling our own played in Montreal in 1875. Hockey made its first appearance as a demonstration sport at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, where the Winnipeg Falcons were the first to win an Olympic gold medal. Canada then won gold in six of the first seven Winter Games.
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