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Winter Olympics Issue

The Postal Service honored five Olympic winter sports with the issuance of a strip of five 29-cent commemorative stamps on January 6, 1994, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stamps capture the action of alpine skiing, luge, ice dancing, nordic skiing, and ice hockey.

Descriptive texts appeared as below:

Alpine Skiing — Slalom places a premium on speed and skill. Skiers must race down unforgiving mountainsides through a maze of flagged gates.

Luge — Participants, known as "sliders," careen down a course of banked and hairpin turns at speeds up to 65 mph.

Ice Dancing — Form and grace, elaborate costumes, and charismatic melodies combine to make ice dancing an Olympic favorite.

Nordic Skiing — Perhaps the most grueling of the skiing competitions, cross-country racers endure taxing trials over rolling natural terrain.

Ice Hockey — The "goalie," protected by more than forty pounds of padding, must react in a flash to stop approaching shots.

Designed by Lon Busch of St. Louis, Missouri, the stamps were printed in the offset process by Ashton-Potter (USA), Ltd., and issued in panes of twenty.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (December 23, 1993).


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