Canada In London
Posted 26 May 2012 - 01:17 PM
Canada won 18 medals in Beijing, after a disastrous first week in Beijing, the 2nd week brought all the medals and a few surprises. Thankfully the schedule in London will provide a more consistent opportunity for Canada to medal compared to Beijing. With the middle weekend being the make-or-break for Canada taking a charge at the 22 medal record (I discount Los Angeles 1984 because other then aquatics those results for Canada are questionable).
Canada has a few athletes to watch in Athletics. Lead by a consistent threat in the 100m hurdles by Priscilla Lopes-Schleip, Phylicia George and Perdita Felicien. Two Canadians should make the final, and a return to form should see Lopes-Schleip medal. But, I think Phylicia George is our strongest chance. The only other real candidate is Dylan Armstrong. Any re-production of recent form should see Armstrong win a medal, but it would be nice to see gold after 16 years. But like most throwing events there is 6 to 8 people on any given day that could medal.
Mary Spencer failed to qualify at the World Championships and must now rely on AIBA and the IOC to give her an invitation to compete at the games. And even if she qualifies her performance at the World Championships suggest she is not as much of a medal threat as once initially thought.
Adam van Koeverden in the K1 1000m, Richard Dalton in the C1 200m and Mark Oldershaw in the C1 1000m. Unfortunately the K2 200m team didn’t qualify because of some BS quota rule despite being Pan American champion, so instead Argentina gets to go.
Ryder Hesjedal has an outside chance at a medal in the time trial. The road race course has been designed to favour Mark Cavendish and therefore a sprint in general. Tara Whitten has a strong chance in the Omnium and the women’s time trial, and the Canadian Women’s Pursuit team is also a contender for a medal. Zack Bell is one of the favourites from a medal in the men’s Omnium. Catherine Prendel is a strong favourite in the women’s mountain biking and until about a month ago there was a Canadian man that was an outside chance in BMX, but injuries happened. Cycling is probably the most important sport for Canada if it wants to win more then 18 medals.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 01:27 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 01:45 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:43 PM
Canada has won a diving medal at every games since Atlanta 1996 and London should be no different. Jennifer Abel is a raising star in the 3m and will be a strong contender with partner Emilie Heymans in the 3m Synchro. Alexandre Despatie will also be a potential medalist in the 3m, while posing an outside chance in the 3m Synchro. Benefito and Filion also have a decent chance in the 10m Synchro and diving to their peak could also produce a bronze in the 10m. 2 medals is the goal, 3 is the hope from Diving Canada.
Canada won a surprise silver medal at the World Equestrian Games in Team Eventing and should be in contention for a medal in London, but given the youth and inexperience of the team, I am not expecting a medal. Eric Lamaze will always be a threat, but on a new horse who knows. Wouldn't be surprised but I doubt there will be an Equestrian medal this time around.
Edited by faster, 26 May 2012 - 09:29 PM.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 09:37 PM
Canada has 3 athletes that will challenge for a medal in London, Jason Burnett (who was robbed of the gold in Beijing) in men's trampoline who still has the advantage of the highest DD in the world and Karen Cockburn and Rosannagh MacLennan in women's trampoline. Cockburn is probably the Canadian I would most like to see win gold.
Canada has qualified 7 boats, 4 of which have a good chance at a podium. Lead by the men's 8, which just set a world record, and the women's lightweight pairs. Women's 8, men's pairs and men's lightweight pairs are also medal possibilities (in decreasing order). A repeat of the success from Barcelona/Atlanta is achievable.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 10:44 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:50 PM
Martha McCabe and Ryan Cochrane are the biggest medal threats in the 200m breastroke and the 1500m respectively. Cochrane also has a good chance to get into the final of the 400m. If Sinead Russell and tera ven Belien continue their progression, they might progress themselves into finals and onto the podium. The women's 100m relay teams should also get into their respective finals and a finish between 3rd and 6th is expected. Brent Hayden is also an outside chance, but he just hasn't ever performed at the Olympic level. I believe Aquatics Canada wants 3 medals.
Canada was once a dominate power in this sport, but things have changed. They are targeting the team event and had some promising results last year in Shanghai. Russia and China will take Gold and Silver, it will be down to Spain and Canada to take the bronze. The Canadian team has put a lot of work into the event, but who knows. Judging in this sport is often questionable and suffers from the same issues that faced figure skating with regards to ranking/expectation based judging.
Karine Sergerie is the most likely medalist, she is ranked 2nd in the world and is a former world champion. She is in form from recent competitions and should be in the mix for 1 of the 4 medals. Francois Coulombe-Fortier has an outside chance and if given a good draw will be in there for a bronze.
Carol Huynh, Tonya Verbeek and Martine Dugrenier are back and will all challenge for medals. Leah Callahan is the new member of the team and she could also be in the mix. On the men's side there isn't much, David Trembley is the most likely to challenge for a medal.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 01:53 PM
Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:19 AM
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