An Olympian’s Picks Of What To See At Canada’s Sport’s Hall Of Fame

Cassie Campbell Captain of Team Canada Women's Hockey
Cassie Campbell Captain of Team Canada Women's Hockey
An Olympic Gold Medalist’s Picks

An Olympian’s Picks Of What To See At Canada’s Sport’s Hall Of Fame

Olympic spirit and national pride will inspire sports fans and budding athletes alike – right here in Calgary
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Cassie Campbell-Pascall
Cassie Campbell-Pascall is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist in women’s hockey and sports broadcast commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. A proud mom and wife, Cassie enjoys life in Calgary with her family and being an avid ambassador for sports and community.Follow Cassie on Instagram @cassiecampbell77.

Here are six of my favourite exhibits at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame that I think you’ll love.

1. Olympic Showcase

 

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Did you know that Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is home to the largest collection of artifacts in Canada from both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games? The current showcase shines the spotlight on PyeongChang 2018: United in Spirit. I was fortunate to travel to South Korea as a broadcaster and watch Team Canada bring home a record haul of 29 medals, and I find it fascinating to wander through this Olympic exhibit and relive the magic of the Games!

I also enjoyed walking down memory lane through the exhibit commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. Do you remember the silver-medal winning performance by Elizabeth Manley in Women’s Figure Skating? Amazing.

2. Rowing

 

Rita hanging on.

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Two of my favourite female athletes of all-time are Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle – both Honoured Members of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. I have fond memories of being inspired and watching them win gold in 1992 in Barcelona; I competed in my first Olympic Games six years later in Nagano. I loved the team dynamic of McBean and Heddle – Marnie’s outgoing personality balanced with Kathleen’s laid-back attitude – complete opposites, but great athletes and a great team.

Ever wonder what it’s like to row? You can try out the interactive rowing simulator in the Splash Gallery. I went on a single scull once with Marnie and learned first-hand just how difficult it really is to keep your balance on the water! Respect.

3. Hockey

 

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Of course, the Hockey Gallery is my personal favourite at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. One of my heroes is world champion and women’s hockey pioneer Angela James, who played for the Toronto Aeros as I did. It was pretty special to see Angela James’s jersey on exhibit, along with 

Maurice “The Rocket” Richard’s jersey among many other Canadian hockey legends.

4. Ski Jumping

 

Ski jumping, this place is amazing. #calgary #sportshalloffame

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It’s pretty awe-inspiring to watch the soar of ski jumpers in competition. Even cooler to get a sense of just how far down the ski jump looks from the top – through the beauty of the virtual reality exhibit in the Glide Gallery at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. You can try it for yourself through an interactive simulation: step onto the pair of long jump skis, and with the magic of VR, get a bird’s eye view of the athlete and experience the thrill of ski jumping!

5. Curling

This stunning statue pays homage to one of Canada’s greatest athletes in the sport of curling, Sandra Schmirler. In 1998, Sandra led her team to win Canada’s first Olympic gold medal in curling at Nagano – a truly epic moment. It was so exciting to meet Sandra and team shortly after their Olympic victory. They inspired us all.

6. Relay Team

 

This group and Bailey were idols for me growing up running so much track.

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Do you remember watching (with sheer amazement) the extraordinary gold medal-winning 4x100m relay by Team Canada at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta? I sure do. The 1996 Relay Team exhibit at Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame features some of the tracksuits and running shoes of champion sprinters and Honoured Members 

 

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There are more than 60 sports to discover and learn about at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame! Check out it on your next visit to Calgary or staycation weekend in the city. For a limited time, get a 25% off discount voucher valid for your next visit to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

 

 

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