Day 10 and we stand in 5th place with 8 medals…even South Korea is ahead.
I for one, place the blame squarely on these fellows. It is one thing to excessively fund the team, but it is something else to arrogantly predict them to win a huge chunk of the medals. I haven’t heard of other countries smugly making such claims. I surmise that they are most likely far more confident than we are. The USA, German, Norway…they know their teams kick ass…even without funding and they probably don’t feel the need to shove that down the throats of the world.
Not only has this strategy set themselves up for a never-ending stream of international ridicule should they fail (which is what is happening) but it places an extra heavy layer of hype and pressure on an already over pressurized team.
I have to admit though, there is a small piece of me that is slightly annoyed at team performance given the massive amounts of cash thrown at them. Taken on a per-capita medal basis, 2010 is presently a very expensive Olympics for Canada.
Luge death, opening ceremony malfunctions, medal fiascos, security breaches, a near loss in hockey to the Swiss and a deadly cross-country ski track (I didn’t know there was such a thing)…