The pressure to ‘Own the Podium’ may be having an adverse effect on Canadian athletes.
On Sunday, Chris Del Bosco, gold medal-favourite in ski cross, saw himself in third place in the finals and went for broke. In the attempt to improve his position Del Bosco fell hard and finished fourth.
Later in the day, Canadian long-track speed skater Denny Morrison apologized for comments he made on Saturday blaming the program and its secret training sessions for his ninth and 13th place finishes in Vancouver. Morrison said that forbidding U.S. skater Shani Davis to take part in his practice sessions hurt his training because the American usually pushes him.
So far, out of 20 expected medals Canadians have earned seven. And this despite the $117-million program to ‘Own the Podium’ that was criticized as unfair by many athletes and coaches from other countries.
It also led to the Americans, jokingly at first, to say they were fine with Canada owning the podium as long as they got to ‘Rent the Podium’ between Feb. 12 to the 28.
Maybe the Canadians should’ve practiced with the Americans. This is turning out to be their Olympics, having already earned 24 medals and defeating Canada in hockey 5-3 on Super Sunday.
With perennial favourite to top the medal standings Germany in second place with 18 medals, Canada is in tough to accomplish its goal with one week left in the Games.
-Sunday, for the second night in a row Vancouver police forced downtown liquor stores to shut down at 7 p.m. to have fewer people drinking on the streets.
-Sochi, the site of the next winter Olympics is hotter than Vancouver – literally. The temperature hit 15 C on Saturday and 13 C on Sunday, compared to a high of 10 C in Vancouver.