The Autobiography of an Olympic Bid, or What We Heard

November 8, 2018

By Stephen Hunt ‘They’re around the turn!’ The road to Calgary 2026 has hit the homestretch. It’s eight days to next Tuesday, when everyone in the city gets a say is setting our municipal GPS, when we hold a plebiscite on whether or not to bid to host the 2026 Winter Games and Paralympic Games. […]

United Ways

November 2, 2018

By Stephen Hunt One of the best things about the events taking place around the possibility of a 2026 Games bid has been the opportunity for a wide range of people to sit and talk to each other. A Games bid campaign like this one — which had a near-death experience Wednesday at City Hall — […]

A Modest (2 for 1) Proposal

October 28, 2018

By Stephen Hunt The Calgary Herald ran three terrific opinion pieces this weekend on the Olympic bid. One, by George Brookman, recalled 1988 and reminded readers that back in the early 1980’s, when that bid was hatched, the city was in as big of a funk then as it is now. George also reminded readers […]

18,000 Perfect Strangers

By Stephen Hunt Lots of people out there talk about the potential (financial) hazards of building venues from scratch, but most of the venues for 2026 have all been built — 85% of them, 90% if you count training facilities. Where the 2026 Games will really have to start from scratch is recruiting volunteers. To […]

Rilee ManyBears: making a run towards 2026

October 22, 2018

By Stephen Hunt Last Monday night at C Space, a group of Indigenous artists, elders, planners, dancers — and athletes — met with Calgary 2026 to talk about what Indigenous participation in a Calgary Olympic bid might look like. It was an inspiring meeting, full of stories and personal experiences and expressions of hope for […]

The Cultural Olympiad: Back Stories

October 19, 2018

Friday at the Centre for Newcomers, there were lots of stories being told about the impact that the 1988 Cultural Olympiad had on various Calgarians, and 2010 had on various Vancouverites, as part of a wide-ranging conversation about the possibilities and pitfalls on the arts community when it comes to hosting an event the size […]

Culture, Risk and Katarina Witt

October 18, 2018

By Stephen Hunt Would a 2026 Games bid help or hurt Calgary’s arts community? Councillor Druh Farrell, who’s against the bid, suggests that funding one might come at the expense of the other. “We have so many fundamental organizations that provide incredible quality of life for Calgary and we’re talking about cutting them and at […]

Retooling the Olympic Oval for another 31-year run

By Stephen Hunt What happens to our 1988-era winter Olympic venues if we don’t bid on the 2026 Games? The fact is, we have already built them. They’re here, being used, sometimes every day, by thousands of Calgary residents. In the 30 years since we last hosted a Winter Games, they have shaped our city’s […]

Sixteen Hundred Bucks

October 16, 2018

By Stephen Hunt Wednesday evening at the Danish Canadian Club, a group of around 50 engineers — many of whom have spent their careers interpreting and analyzing numbers — gathered to hear a presentation from Calgary 2026, as it outlined the costs — and anticipated benefits — of hosting the 2026 Games. Much was said […]

Big, hairy and audacious

October 15, 2018

Thursday at Mount Royal University, Sport Calgary hosted an informational session designed to share facts, budgets and visions of what a 2026 Winter Games bid might look like. There’s lots of numbers (delivered at each session by Mary Moran) to wrestle over, to be sure — arm wrestle, even. But each information session, led by […]


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