The CEO of Calgary 2026 is busy presenting her thoughts to the public, but, in my opinion, we need leadership from everyone on the board of the bid corporation. In the buildup to 1988, Frank King was everywhere. He was a true leader. Frank did not know where the backroom was, nor did he care. Leadership is about getting results. Frank King and his team led us through the maze more than 30 years ago to a very big win for Calgary.
During the bid for 1988, the mayor of the city was not involved. The 1988 leadership team did not need any political interference. They simply focused on winning and look what it got us. The best Winter Olympics ever with money in the bank to fund operations for more than 30 years.
What did Calgary and area get when we hosted the 1988 Olympics? Let’s begin with the Winsport Endowment Fund that remains above $100 million. For facilities — all of the Canada Olympic Park campus now known as WinSport, the Saddledome, Olympic Plaza, the Olympic Oval, Nakiska and the hotels in Kananaskis, the Jack Simpson Gymnasium, the Canmore Nordic Centre and the North West LRT to the University of Calgary.