Karen Percy was entered in all five disciplines of alpine skiing but only had three starts in her Olympic debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. She was under the additional pressure of being a “hometown” favourite and having had surgery on a broken thumb four weeks prior. On Nakiska Mountain, originally named Mount Allen, Percy won Canada’s first medal on day seven of the Games becoming a national hero. Three days later, the Banff native finished third in the super-G for her second medal. Percy had become Canada’s first double medalist in skiing since Nancy Greene at Grenoble 1968. She came dangerously close to winning a third bronze medal finishing just off the podium in fourth in the combined.
While Percy made Canadian history with her medal haul so too did Nakiska Mountain as it became the first location to host all alpine events on one slope in the Olympic Games.