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^^ I'm too lazy to look up historical medal counts, but they put more money into training for this olympics than ever before.

Early in the week one of the tv shows here showed an interesting stat. Canadians weren't having trouble getting to the finals or within strinking range of a medal, but their conversion rate from there to a medal was only something like ~35% vs. the USA's 75%. This was back when canada only had 12 or 13 medals. Basically, they were choking in a bunch of events they were favorites to win medals in.

We're up to 25 now, which I agree really isn't bad. We should be beating Germany at least though.



Why should Canada be beating Germany?
post #362 of 373
Canada was picked by its own press to win the medal count (with 37). Canada was picked more realistically by the press generally to finish second to Germany in the medal count (with 30-32). The USA has, quite simply, kicked a lot of ass in these games and come away with a ton of medals in events they weren't supposed to contend for. Canadians have come through in the second week and delivered where they were supposed to deliver (except our women's team pursuit for speed skating which choked... and all our aerialists, why is that even a sport?), but choked big time in the first week. Dominique Maltais, Patrick Chan*, Lyndon Rush, Manny Osborne-Paradis (so much for the ad hype), Denny Morrison, Charles Hamelin... all should have really won one medal and in Denny's and Charles' case, multiple medals. Our men's speed skaters screwed the pooch big time. And fuck, I even forgot the relay. The silver lining is, though, that we have already achieved our own estimates for how many golds we were supposed to win, largely because guys like Jon Montgomery, Alex Bilodeau and JJ Anderson came through beyond expectations and took down the gold medal faves in their events. *I'll let Chan off the hook because he's 19 and the olympics is a lot of pressure, but damn man skate it clean and you had that shit on lock.
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Canada was picked by its own press to win the medal count (with 37). Canada was picked more realistically by the press generally to finish second to Germany in the medal count (with 30-32). The USA has, quite simply, kicked a lot of ass in these games and come away with a ton of medals in events they weren't supposed to contend for. Canadians have come through in the second week and delivered where they were supposed to deliver (except our women's team pursuit for speed skating which choked... and all our aerialists, why is that even a sport?), but choked big time in the first week. Dominique Maltais, Patrick Chan*, Lyndon Rush, Manny Osborne-Paradis (so much for the ad hype), Denny Morrison, Charles Hamelin... all should have really won one medal and in Denny's and Charles' case, multiple medals. Our men's speed skaters screwed the pooch big time. And fuck, I even forgot the relay. The silver lining is, though, that we have already achieved our own estimates for how many golds we were supposed to win, largely because guys like Jon Montgomery, Alex Bilodeau and JJ Anderson came through beyond expectations and took down the gold medal faves in their events.

*I'll let Chan off the hook because he's 19 and the olympics is a lot of pressure, but damn man skate it clean and you had that shit on lock.

Virtue and Moir!! Don't forget ice dancing. (seriously it was my favorite event besides hockey)
post #364 of 373
It was unexpectedly entertaining this time and I got to see them win in Heineken house which was pretty cool with everyone singing and cheering. However the craziest scene was when JM won skeleton, people just went fucking insane downtown. I forgot Chris Del Bosco, which was one of the bigger chokes. Fuck, dude, I could have finished that! But yknow on the whole I'm pretty okay with it all. It was definitely no catastrophe for us, and the real victory of the whole thing was how awesome the actual experience of being here was which exceeded my expectations tenfold. Everyone in this city totally bought in and enjoyed themselves to the fullest which made it the most fun place Vancouver has been as long as I can remember. I seriously doubt Sochi will be anywhere near as lively as this. Just ask Deadmau5 or Girl Talk.
post #365 of 373
The games, after a stumbling start, have been an incredible success. I've enjoyed every moment of it. I wish I could have been in Vancouver. I lived in Montreal as a kid. I still remember the feeling in the city during the summer games. Unbelievable.
post #366 of 373
The problem with "Own the Podium" is that its very premise asks for ridicule when expectations do not meet reality.
post #367 of 373
Which is why next time around, America is going to institute a PWN the PWDIUM program.
post #368 of 373
My favorite part of the games has been watching the commercials featuring the famous people from British Columbia who all moved to the United States to find fame and success in entertainment.
post #369 of 373
^Vancouver is 2nd to L.A. in the world in the film & television industry. Most of the commercials here are Canadian athletes, former athletes, hockey players, and Rick Hansen. I think you guys probably get a lot of thost kind of commercials because they want to promote BC tourism to Americans, and actors who get play in the US are the only people you're likely to recognize (despite the fact that half of the TV shows you see them on are probably filmed here).
post #370 of 373
Ok, total post-olympic hangover here. Haven't been on these boards in two weeks. Fuck I'm so sad it's over, it was a damn nice vacation in my own backyard. Free concerts, insane crowds, live music and performances all day long, the best hockey I've ever seen on television, and even all those cheesy pavilions, houses and venues will be sorely missed. Oh well, off to Whistler for the Paralympics!
post #371 of 373
I miss watching them...^awesome you lived there
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http://www.facebook.com/home.php?tab...9135600&ref=nf I hope everyone can see that. I loled.
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http://www.facebook.com/home.php?tab...9135600&ref=nf

I hope everyone can see that. I loled.

Thanks for that lol. Pretty tongue-in-cheek, I like. Better than most of the cheesy montages on TV.

Going to head to Whistler to ski during the Paralympic weekend, hope the party's still strong up there...
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