|Date||17 February 1988|
|Location||Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore|
|Participants||20 from 8 countries|
The B1 event is for competitors who are “legally blind”, or formally have a visual acuity of LogMAR 2.60 or worse. Competitors are accompanied by sighted guides.
Scandinavian runners dominated this event, with Hans Anton Ålien of Norway taking first place. Ålien became a Paralympic legend, having won medals in three sports and both seasons. Competing in four Summer Paralympics (1976-1988) and three Winter Paralympics (1980-88), he entered in swimming, athletics (sprint, middle distance, long & high jump) and cross-country skiing. He won two medals in swimming (one silver, one bronze), one in athletics (one bronze) and nine in cross-country skiing (seven golds, a silver and a bronze). A notable guide in the competiton was Kjetil Ulvang, brother of Olympic champion Vegard Ulvang. In 1993 Kjetil would tragically die while skiing in a blizzard.
|Hans Anton Ålien • Arne Homb|
|Åke Pettersson • Råland Stridh|
|Åsmund Tveit • Kjetil Ulvang|
|Peter Young • J. Knutsen|
|Mauno Sulisalo • E. Ukkonen|
|John Novotny • Craig Ward|
|Guy Gerard • S. Bret|
|Erich Walch • P. Seebacher|
|Eskil Höglund • Kenny Thor|
|Viktor Zhukov • V. Menshikov|