Today was an extremely tough day! Here are my thoughts.
Own the Podium has pretty much given Canadians the mindset that Canada is not here to just participate in these Olympics, but to win medals, win a lot of medals, win the most medals of every country at the Olympics. In my opinion, the result has been a lot of focus on winning, and on feeling let down, or disappointed when Canada doesn't come up with medals. In past Olympics, both in Turin and Salt Lake, most notably, it wasn't until later in the games when Canada's medal haul really started, and we started to accumulate medals. In both 2006 and 2002, we were much behind the pace we are on now, medals wise. Along those lines, everyone keeps saying that Canada will again finish strong and win a lot of medals toward the end.
That being said, I've tried to be patient all this week - when Americans had a 6 medal day, including several events in which they won 2 medals, I've tried to keep my cool. But today, given the events and our strengths, I honestly thought we were in for our first multiple medal day of the events, and instead we came up empty, ending our medals streak. Disappointing.
I am honestly worried now. Our Alpine Mens and Womens teams have come up short. Our speed skating teams, both long and short track have hugely underperformed. Our sliders have seemed to choke, with a few exceptions. To me, the greatest disappointment is not that Canadians lack the ability to compete, lack the ability to win medals, in fact quite the opposite. To be, the greatest devastation comes from knowing that our athletes DO havet the ability to perform on the world stage, and are instead succuming to pressure, choking, getting caught in unlucky breaks, or simply being beaten by better athletes from other countries.
I have serious doubts that Canada will finish first in the medal haul, but I am still hoping for a strong second week. We'll see how it goes.
I completely agree - Canada has shown a lot of depth in several sports, but simply failed to convert these top 10 finishes into double medals in events as the Americans, Koreans, Germans, etc. What do you think is the reason for this?
On another note, why have some noteable American star athletes performed to expectations and won gold, such as Shaun White, and Lindsey Vonn to name a couple - whereas star Canadian athletes have failed to convert potential shown in world cup events to the Olympic stage (Hollingsworth, Leuders, Morrison, the list goes on and on)
Unfortunately, a lot of Canadian athletes thus far were thought to "at least get a medal," take Hollingsworth for example. The unforeseeable happens at the Olympics, and unfortunately it seems to happen to Canadian athletes a lot as of late!