Most events took place in Calgary while several skiing events were held in the mountain resorts of Nakiska and Canmore , west of the city. A then-record 57 nations competed and 1, athletes participated. As it had in Montreal in , Canada again failed to win a gold medal in an official medal event as the host nation. The Calgary games were at the time one of the most expensive Olympics ever held, but the organizing committee turned record television and sponsorship revenue into a net surplus that was used to maintain the facilities built for the Olympics and develop the Calgary region into the heart of Canada's elite winter sports program.
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