These have been the best Winter Olympics ever for Canada!

27 02 2010

The 2010 Winter Olympics have turned out to be the best ever for Canada, in terms of medal count, after another incredible day in Vancouver Friday.

Yesterday, we picked up four more medals, including three in short track speed skating, where until now we had not won anything. Yesterday made up for that drought big time.

In the 500m race, Charles Hamelin won gold, while Francois-Louis Tremblay got the bronze. Then, in the 5000m relay, Hamelin and Tremblay, along with their teammates, Francois Hamelin and Olivier Jean, took the top of the podium.

The fourth medal of the day came from Cheryl Bernard, who picked up a silver medal in women’s curling.

This now gives Canada a total of 21 medals, with 10 gold. We have now smashed our old record for gold medals in the Winter Olympics (which was 7), and we have tied the record for Canadian gold medals of any Olympic Games, summer or winter! We’d won 10 gold medals in the boycotted 1984 Summer Games.

Plus, we currently have more gold medals than any other country: Germany is second with 9, while the US and Norway each have 8.

There are more medals to come this weekend! We are just not sure yet what colour they will be.

Kevin Martin takes on Norway in the finals in men’s curling. The team of Mathieu Giroux, Lucas Makowsky, Denny Morrison and Francois-Olivier Roberge are in the finals in the men’s long track speed skating team pursuit, against the US. And after last night’s 3-2 win over Slovakia, the Canadian men’s hockey team plays the Americans for gold on Sunday.

Here’s the thing: because these are all head-to-head competitions, we are guaranteed a medal in each of them, either gold or silver. Add these three to the 21 we officially have, that gives us 24, which ties us for the record for the most medals for Canada in the Winter Games, which we set in Turin four years ago!

And the potential is there to eclipse even that! The Canada 1 crew is in second after two of four runs in the four-man bobsleigh. Hold that for a medal of any colour and we’ll have a new Canadian record for Winter Games medals, with 25!

Now, let’s think about the best case scenario for these four events. If we pick up gold in curling, speed skating, bobsleigh and hockey, we’ll have 14 gold medals, which would be a new record for gold medals by any nation in the Winter Games!

The Canadian Olympic Committee may have said that in terms of their Own The Podium campaign, Canada has not succeeded, but when you compare how we’ve done this year to past Olympics, these have been an incredible Winter Games!

Go Canada Go! Let’s bring it home, folks!

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