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NO Medal for team Canada yet!

August 14, 2008

Where are you team Canada at the Beijing Olympics?

I am very surprised and sad to see that team Canada has not won any medal yet.  I am not even talking about a “Gold” medal.  Not a silver, not a bronze medal. Any medal!  Togo has a medal. Belarus has won two. Even Georgia has won three medal despite the war with RussiaNorth Korea has earned seven medal so far.  Korea has won 16 medals (Hip Hip Hooray!!)  Our neighbors to the south won 34 medals for the US and a medal for Mexico and Reporters starting to get a bit worried that the entire Canadian team would won fewer medal than US swimmer Michael Phelps.

Team Canada won 12 medals in Athens.  Not this time, yet.   Team Canada have qualified for eight finals in Beijing so far, more than double their total at the 2004 Athens Games. Canadian Atheltes have broken 21 national records and set 28 personal bests, numbers skewed by the fact they are wearing the new, high-tech racing suits. But NO medal yet.

Why?  What going on? Are athletes cursed? Is it because all the efforts and cheers went to winter sports or winter Olympic? Were Canadian Atheltes funded at all?  

Olympics motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”. And there’s no argue on the Olympics Oath that  

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

BUT Olympics is an international sports events.  Every citizens around the world would be happy to see their national athletes on podium and to hear their national anthem while the national flags on the pole.  I want to see the “Maple Leaf” and to hear” O Canada” 

For whatever reasons, team Canada perfomance are as bad as Beijing’s air quality, so far.

Cheer up team Canada.!

Pics are from here

<UPDATE>  And now, team Canada actually have far more medal than Togo , Belarus, Georgia, or North Korea ranked at 13th for total medals count or at 17th with Gold count as of Today, Aug 19th.  Good work team Canada!!