All that said, Canada is not a summer sports powerhouse and will have to really up its investment in summer sports if it wants more medals.
And there were some freak events as well. The runners being disqualified after finishing third. The cross-country bike athlete who was a favourite for gold finishing off the podium. And the soccer team perhaps being denied a chance at silver or bronze. From what I gather the calls in the Canada-US game were indeed very odd.
Then to balance than out, of course, were the surprises, such as the marathon swimmer's bronze and the trampolinist's gold
Interestingly, Catharine Pendrel had been heavily featured in the pre-Olympic marketing from the Canadian Olympic Committee, as she had been one of the few athletes who was holding a World Championship in the pre-Olympic year.The cross-country bike athlete who was a favourite for gold finishing off the podium.
Catharine actually was considered to be short-listed for being flag bearer in the opening ceremonies as well.
Rosie Maclennan was already ranked top 4 heading into the Olympics, so while the gold was indeed a surprise, she was actually one of the safer bets for a medal.Then to balance than out, of course, were the surprises, such as the marathon swimmer's bronze and the trampolinist's gold
With Richard Weinberger, he is probably still far from reaching his peak as a 10 km swimmer (where you can be competitive right through to your 30s). Expect to hear a lot from him in the years ahead.
I feel like it's a portrait of life all rolled into 2 weeks. The highs and lows, the ups and downs, the tears, the joy, the devastation, pain, agony, controversy, surprise, drama you catch my drift I'm sure. But that's why I love it, it's humanity. That's the way I see it anyway and we are not the only country to ever have disappointment GB was DQ'ed in the 4X100 long before we were how do you think they felt? Get over yourselves people and just enjoy and be grateful we are in the position we are. It could be a whole lot worse.
I would have been here sooner, but the bus kept stopping for other people to get on it. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Honestly hearing some of the comments of people lately, especialy some of the nasty messages in articles like the one posted I wonder what people were expecting. Did some Canadians actually think this would be a repeat of Vancouver and we would win the gold medal count, being it is the Summer Olympics, with something like 50 golds. Our overall performance was about on par with what any realistic person would have expected. I would have said 1-2 golds and 15-18 medals and we got 1 gold and 18 medals.
I often wonder why there is even a medal count by country, seeing as most countries don't subsidize the athletes in any way, so wins are usually the product of individual effort, not the product of a state-run program. My Canadian husband was feeling depressed by Canada's medal count vs the US, & I reminded him that while the US doesn't support its athletes either, we have millions of more people to draw from for sport. Proportionally there are also a lot more millionaires available who give money to sports programs. How does it glorify the US that it produced Michael Phelphs when the government gave not one penny towards his upkeep or his training?
I hate the daily updates on who is ahead. If you have to even mention it, why not wait till all competition is over & then announce the standings. As an American whose country is usually at the top of the leaderboard, I have never cared about being 1st overall.
OTOH, when the athletes wear US gear I expect them to represent our country well. That may be a double standard but I don't care.
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As I've warned Mom (Dad's just as fed up w/him as I am, so he's pretty much looking forward to this, as it's been a looooong time coming), enough is enough and I'm not putting up w/the way he treats me anymore. And it's not just over this either. It's pretty much everything and anything I have an interest or passion in and I am more than past my tolerance point.
I think I found it more disappointing than most due to being in London and seeming to see defeat after defeat. We really began to feel like the David Camerons of Canada, bringing with us an Olympic jinx. Now, we didn't really expect to do well in show jumping (I'm still mourning Hickstead), but having a horse DQd again??? Trampoline, we have the world record holder... whoops, falls out of the second element. Fine, diving, we have great divers, should do okay there... okay, maybe not our night. Okay, fine, let's go watch some handball, and watch triathlon on the big screen, and over shoulders. Okay, Simon is out of the water, let's go into our event... okay, where is he? What, he had an accident? Seriously? Off to synchro we go, and Canada finishes... fourth.
Suddenly, it flashes on the screen, Canada is third in relay! Woohoo! Excitement from our crowd! Wait, why is this taking so long? DQd? No. Noooo. I have a lovely picture of him stepping over the line, didn't know that I'd taken it until the next day.
Personally, there were so many disappointments in that the events we went to had strange things happening. We were sitting there cheering for the athletes to do their best so that they could feel proud, only to have people slip, step, or have something else happen. It felt jinxed.
So, for quite a few medal chances, I'm to blame. Sorry, Canada. I even warned the parents of one of the synchro swimmers... they didn't quite believe me, until after I'm sure.