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The 1988 Winter Olympics: where are they now?

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the biggest party in Calgary’s history

Feb 13, 2013

by Alberta Venture Staff

The 1988 Winter Olympics introduced Cowtown to the world, and provided a major boost to both the city and the careers of the people who worked on making the Games a success. Consider the post-Olympic achievements of these four Calgarians.


Frank King Ken Read Vern Kimball Vicky Kranenburg
1988 After putting together the bid to bring the Olympics to Calgary, King became the chairman and CEO of the organizing committee, Olympiques Calgary Olympics (OCO). He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988. Read was the torchbearer for the Winter Olympics, bringing the Olympic flame into McMahon Stadium– though the member of the Crazy Canucks ski team didn’t actually compete in the 1988 Winter Games. Kimball was hired in 1986 to help prepare the Calgary Stampede grounds to host the Winter Games. He was a member of the food and beverages team, planning for the massive influx of tourists to Calgary. Kranenburg was manager of team centres with the ’88 organizing committee, responsible for ensuring the smooth operation at all of the volunteer centres throughout the Winter Games.
Intervening Years Following the success of the Olympics, King became president of Turbo Resources between 1991 and 1992. He also became a director of Riocan REIT, Westaim Corp., Agrium and Canwest Global. In 1991, Read became a member of the Order of Canada and the next year he was the chef de mission for the 1992 Canadian Olympic team for the Barcelona Games. Kimball returned to the University of Calgary to study for an MBA after the ’88 Olympics, and in 1994 became the chief financial officer of the Calgary Stampede. In 1999, Kranenburg received the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award for her work with a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
2013 Today, King is the president of Metropolitan Investment Corp. He has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and won the 2010 Canadian Engineering Leader Award. Read’s career has always been closely tied to sports and the Canadian ski team. From 2002 to 2008, Read was president of Alpine Canada. Today, he is co-owner of Mount Norquay ski resort, director of winter sports for Own the Podium and a director of WinSport Canada. In 2006, the Calgary Stampede made Kimball CEO, and he also serves as a director of the Calgary Philharmonic Society. Today, Kranenburg is senior counsel with The Development Group, a consulting company that helps non-profits develop funds and create specialized teams. She has also developed a scholarship in her name for students at Calgary’s Bow Valley College.

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