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Calgary home to world-class international competitions

By Fabian Mayer, February 9 2016 —

Watching the best in the world compete is always something special, regardless of the sport, and Calgary offers more opportunities to take in world-class competition than most cities. This is especially true of winter sports, as Calgary’s facilities are among the best in Canada.

Olympic heroes and up-and-comers alike come to Calgary to compete in speed skating, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, bobsled and more.

The world’s best biathletes descended on Canmore for a world cup just last weekend. One week prior, Canada Olympic Park hosted a world cup moguls event dominated by Canadian athletes, who won five of the six medals up for grabs.

Both made for impressive spectacles. Moguls competitions match speed with aerial acrobatics while the enormous pressure on biathletes in the shooting range keep things tense. Best of all — both events were completely free.

Sports like biathlon and skiing are relatively obscure in Canada, but in Europe they are some of the biggest winter sports around. Events draw thousands of spectators and tickets are expensive.

Calgarians have a great opportunity to see hundreds of Olympic-calibre athletes from various sports compete each year. Don’t miss your chance to check out these local events — it’s worth seeing what all the fuss is about.



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