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Frank King is best known as the Chairman and CEO of the "best-ever Olympic Winter Games", the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. Throughout his life, Frank has been totally devoted to sport as a participant and as an administrator.

Frank has been active in numerous sports including his passion of long-distance running; he also coached hockey and basketball; he helped organize and played in the first Senior Men's Basketball Leagues in Edmonton and later in Calgary.

Since the mid-70's, he has been a member of the Calgary Booster Club, an organization that supports the development of promising young and underprivileged athletes in a broad array of sports programs.

Frank King's dream to host the Olympic Winter Games began in 1978. As Chairman of the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), Frank was instrumental in preparing and winning the bid to host the 1988 Olympic Winter Games for Calgary. Following the successful bid, Frank became the Chairman and CEO of OCO '88, the Calgary Olympic Organizing Committee. The unprecedented financial success of the Calgary '88 Olympic Games has resulted in a permanent legacy of sports facilities, funding and people all dedicated to the development of young Canadian athletes.

Fourteen years after the Games Canadian athletes are reaching the Olympic podium in part due to the legacy left by the Calgary Games. Frank King has received numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding work with the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and for his service to the community over his lifetime. Most notably he received the highest award presented by the International Olympic Committee - the "Gold Olympic Order" and in Canada was made "Officer of the Order of Canada."

Since Induction:

  • 1988 - Olympic Order in Gold, the highest award presented by the International Olympic Committee
  • 1988 - Officer of the Order of Canada
  • 1992 - King served as national co-chair of Canada 125, the celebration of the nation's 125th birthday
  • 2005 - Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation
  • 2008 - Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame
  • 2012 - Western Legacy Award - 100 Outstanding Albertans