Have our Games been a disaster?

Staff ~ The Amherst Citizen
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"Own the Podium."There was something about that slogan for the Vancouver Olympics that we liked. Some saw it as cocky and "un-Canadian" in its brashness, but it was simply a statement of confidence in our athletes and our programs, setting a goal to not only be good hosts of the Olympics but to come out on top with the medal count.

We now know that is not going to happen. In fact, at this point, it looks unlikely that we will match our previous total of 24 medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
As soon as the flame is doused, the finger-pointing will begin, but we may never know why exactly expectations were not met. Perhaps the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili prior to opening ceremonies cast a pall over the event that was too much to overcome.
Another opinion that has been cast by some members of our alpine ski team has been that the "Own the Podium" program itself, which injected increased government funding into our athletic programs, took the wrong approach by putting too much pressure on the athletes without consulting them over where to target the increased funding. The alpine team, along with our male speed skaters, have produced some of the most disappointing results.
But have these Games been disastrous? Not at all. The gold medal triumphs of the likes of mogul skier Alexandre Bilodeau, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and snowboarder Maelle Ricker have been inspiring to behold, and the electric atmosphere in Vancouver and Whistler has spread across the continent.
With "Own the Podium," we set an ambitious goal, and, even though we did not meet it, we can still be proud of our athletes and our Games. Nothing could be more Canadian than that.

Geographic location: Turin, Italy, Vancouver Whistler

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  • Frank
    April 06, 2010 - 09:29

    It is not any different than saying Striving For Gold There are those who wrote in the McGill Tribune that the opening cermonies were too sterotype. I think it showed a new revival of Canadian Patriotism, there was joy, pride and respect for everyone, and our great country CANADA.

    There are those who complained about everything and just sat at home sipping on their cheap wine while we screamed from coast to coast with with pride, GO CANADA. GO