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What has been the biggest number of athletes and delegation Canada has ever sent to any Olympic games?

Probably LA in 84 or Atlanta.

Canada has 273 right now and will finish with around 300. So this one will be around Sydney's size (though a bit smaller)

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What other sport qualifications are still left?

Still to come also is Track and Field

The Trials will be held in Windsor Ontario on July 3th to July 6th.

Here's the link :

http://www.canadiantrials.ca/Home.aspx

Some of the few qualifiers expected :

Dylan Armstrong (shot put)

Brian Barnett (200m)

Nate Brannen (1500m)

Tyler Christopher (400m)

Perdita Felicien (100mH)

Adam Kunkel (400mH)

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (100mH)

Gary Reed (800m)

Jim Steacy (hammer)

Angela Whyte (100mH)

Jessica Zelinka (Heptatlon)

On that list, three best shots for a medal in Beijing : Christopher, Reed and Felicien

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Probably LA in 84 or Atlanta.

Canada has 273 right now and will finish with around 300. So this one will be around Sydney's size (though a bit smaller)

Thats quite a large team for a nation not really predicted to finish top 10 or 12. What goals does the Canadian Olympic Committee have for the team (i.e. AOC's "goal" is for Aus to retain top 5 in rankings).

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I never knew we had a medal contender in BMX Cycling. We have the 4th World Ranked female BMX'er who is likely to qualify soon. Great to hear. Faster, I think your right. 15 medals is not out of question.

COOLS FAVOURED TO EARN BMX OLYMPIC BERTH

OTTAWA – Olympic medal hopeful Samantha Cools of Airdrie, Alta., headlines an 11-member Canadian team for the BMX cycling world championships set for May 31 in Taiyuan, China.

The competition is the last Olympic qualifying event and Cools is favored to earn a nomination to the Canadian Olympic team. She earned the country a spot by accumulating points in the nation's rankings with her past performances.

The 22-year-old, currently ranked fourth in the world, is already a world championship and world junior championship medallist and is building towards adding an Olympic medal to that collection later this summer in Beijing where BMX makes its debut as a full medal sport.

She will be joined on the women's team by Canadian champion Christine Miller of Airdrie, Kaila Sweeney of Calgary, Danielle Brisson of Chilliwack, B.C., and junior Brookelyn Wilkinson of Abbotsford, B.C.

Scott Erwood of Abbotsford, fresh from his Canadian title, leads the men's squad with Jim Brown of Airdrie, Patrick Lebel of Calgary, Alex Sailor of Calgary and juniors Michael Irwin of Surrey, B.C., and Joey Trudeau of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

Brown, Lebel and Irwin had been pre-selected to the team prior to nationals but Erwood, who broke his wrist last August and missed five months of racing, needed to win at nationals because he hadn't acquired enough points to secure a berth.

Erwood was the top Canadian at last year's worlds in Victoria, reaching the quarter-finals and finishing 27th overall.

The Canadian men will battle for one of six berths available at worlds for the 32-rider Olympic field. Twenty-four have already qualified and two more will be selected as wild cards by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

National team BMX coach Tanya Dubnicoff admits it's a long trip for a short event but she says her troops will benefit from the experience.

"Most of our team are experienced travellers," said Dubnicoff. "This is certainly another big step. This year we've seen our riders rise to a new level and the timing is right for them to head to one of the biggest events of their careers. It is an important building block towards the next stages of their careers."

All the junior and elite racing events take place on Saturday May 31.

http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/story/?id=23897...pStory_olympics

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I also heard that Perdita Felicien might not be competing in Beijing due to some injury. I'm hoping she's fully ready, it'll be a big blow to Team Canada since she was a Gold medal hopeful in the 100m Hurdles, she was the favourite to win gold in Athens but I'm sure we all remember the tragic fall that cost her the medal.

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The balance issue of those who "did qualify" for Beijing 2008 and those "who didn't" did seem to rise again with the Canadian team, especially with the track and field events. This was starting to become like the way Canadian athletes had to qualify for Athens 2004 again.

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Tomorrow we will know the name of the three women for road cycling who will go to Beijing after the World Cup event wich will be held on the Mont-Royal mountain (in Montreal)

Pretty sure that Alex Wrubelski will be in that list.

(and pretty sure that I will be there somewhere around to watch the race even if they announced heavy rain for the day)

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Tomorrow we will know the name of the three women for road cycling who will go to Beijing after the World Cup event wich will be held on the Mont-Royal mountain (in Montreal)

Pretty sure that Alex Wrubelski will be in that list.

(and pretty sure that I will be there somewhere around to watch the race even if they announced heavy rain for the day)

It is still touch and go if we get a time trial spot. We have had it for about 8 months, but Spain might pipe it.

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Canada is doing well at the rowing final qualification:

We are in good shape to qualify for men's pairs, men's 4s, lightweight men's pairs and men's quads. Its not certain but they have been performing well and hopefully we can get 4 or 5 more boats into the games.

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Canada has a chance of qualifying for the Olympics in Rowing in the following events:

Women's 8's - there is 2 spots open, the Dutch, Canadians and Chinese are the main competitors

Men's Quad Sculls - there is 2 spots open, the British and Canadians are the favourites

Men's 4's - Canada has an outside chance at this event with the Chinese and Australians as the teams they need to beat

Men's Pairs - Canada has a really good chance at this event, 2 spots are open

Men's Lightweight Double Sculls - Canada and New Zealand are the favourites for the 2 spots

If all goes well, Canada could send a total of 10 boats and add 20 athletes to the team that will push us over the 300 athlete mark.

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Canada has a chance of qualifying for the Olympics in Rowing in the following events:

Women's 8's - there is 2 spots open, the Dutch, Canadians and Chinese are the main competitors

Men's Quad Sculls - there is 2 spots open, the British and Canadians are the favourites

Men's 4's - Canada has an outside chance at this event with the Chinese and Australians as the teams they need to beat

Men's Pairs - Canada has a really good chance at this event, 2 spots are open

Men's Lightweight Double Sculls - Canada and New Zealand are the favourites for the 2 spots

If all goes well, Canada could send a total of 10 boats and add 20 athletes to the team that will push us over the 300 athlete mark.

Are they racing today?

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Well, Canada qualified three crews, the men's pairs, the men's lightweight double sculls and the women's eight.

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