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Josef Jacobson - March 2, 2010

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Josef Jacobson

Canada’s dreams of “owning the podium” may be over, but there is still a chance for the host nation to set a new personal best.

In both Turino in 2006 and Salt Lake City in 2002, Canada managed to win seven gold medals.

Currently, Canada has five gold medals in men’s moguls, women’s snowboard cross, women’s 1000 metre speed skating, men’s skeleton and ice dancing.

With men’s and women’s ice hockey and curling remaining, Canada could win nine gold medals, which would be a new personal best.

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Canada set an all-time gold medal mark with 10 trips to the top of the podium. Canada still has a chance to approach or beat that record.

A big part of Canada’s success at these Olympics is on the part relatively unknown athletes. Many gold medal favourites, including skeleton athlete Mellisa Hollingsworth and speed skater Kristina Groves, either finished out of the top spot or didn’t land on the podium at all.

The more obscure athletes do not have the same pressure and are therefore more relaxed and able to compete at an elite level.

Better luck next time, eh.

Sources:

http://www.olympic.org/

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