Will Canada 'own the podium' in 2010?
Thu, February 12, 2009

The one-year countdown to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics is officially on. And it's Canada's chance to shine on the world stage.

It would be great for Canada to have the Olympics be a legacy of amazing performances and one of the world's greatest parties.

But will we see the results of the Canadian Olympic Committee's Own The Podium program in the medal standings next year? Are we properly funding our athletes to achieve the desired success? Have your say in our forum.



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You did great, Canada, and well deserving of all your medals, the great competiveness and the superb Olympics. Excellent!
American Guy, 2010-03-01 15:33:21

The Canadian athletes have done a fantastic job. We have indeed owned the podium with an Olympic record of the most gold medals won by the host country. Well done Canada!
Blair Weber, 2010-02-27 21:02:58

After having watched more than half of the Olympics from Vancouver already I can't help but fee a deep sense of disappointment with respect to many of the performances of Canadian athletes at these games. While there are certainly examples of those who are or have risen to the occasion such as the ice dancing pair of Moir and Virtue or the thrilling skeleton runs of Jon Montgomery; it seems much more usual that Canadian athletes have bowed to the pressure and turned in less than spectacular results as compared to athletes from other countries, especially the Americans. We love to hate the U.S. but maybe it is time we learned a lesson from our southern neighbors. If you want to be the best, you must believe that you are. It certainly appears that the crack ion the armour of many of Canada's athletes is that they believe in the inferiority complex so many Canadians feel as neighbors of the United States. It is a shame that Own the Podium didn't concentrate on the strength between the athletes ears as opposed to pouring funds into physical training programs.
marshall, 2010-02-22 18:59:27

I think Coach Babcock has had to many pucks to his head in his lifetime. We had a chance to take down the Big USA and he went with the 4 time olympic player instead of the goaltender that plays everyone of his home games there and does one hell off a job. He does not give up 4 goels in 21 atempts. Broader was a bad choice

I hope Robert L. will be suited up for us against Germany. Way to go Coach. Maybe you should ask for some direction from Wayne Gretzki. I for one am not impressed with Babcock and his coaching abilities.
R Black, 2010-02-21 22:36:38

The "own the podium" campaign may inspire the nation but it will also put a target on your backs. We Americans love winning. We expect to win. The world knows that and as a result, the world LOVES to defeat Americans. You kind of have to take one with the other.
Elizabeth, 2010-02-14 20:43:01

my dad is an olympic gold medalist from trail b.c who played for the 1952 edmonton mercurys and is 83 years young 250-368-3562 & i think he should be sent to see all the events before any of those politicions, he has always been a great supporter of the olympics.
martin robertson, 2010-01-22 13:13:03

The recent decision by Bobsliegh Canada will not only make it hard to own the podium, but also limits who can compete. The coaches decision to have 2 sleds not 3 in Whister is totally ridiculous, and is made worse by BSC supporting it. I am surprised the Olympic commmittee isn't being heard on this....
rusty, 2010-01-14 16:34:29

run on sentences for the win, socialist education at it's finest, canada fails hard. i cant believe the question is will we own the podium, with this hockey line up i doubt we'll even medal there which is supposed to be our bloodline, i grow more proud of this country everyday, its easy to see how we are loosing ground.
angelo, 2009-12-30 19:18:33

don't forget the athletes pay taxes too and in most cases the rich ones pay more than you, so your say really means nothing, spend less time browsing news sites and get a job if your so worried about the economy, better yet get one of the 100,000's of jobs created due to the 2010 olympics, thats right think before you speak noobies
John, 2009-09-08 10:10:07

Amateurs are only considered to be athletes that are not paid for races and wins, in our sport at any event no money or prizes are won, the carding system can barely keep the real atheletes in the sports, especially in the summer olympics, it sad to think that in sprint kayaking, unless you get on the cheerio box for a month your going to be paying more than you will ever get back, but thats why these guys do it for the love of the sport and not the money, that is why the olympics where created, get rid of multi-million dollar track stars and bikers, and allow the true amatuers to compete in the events that where created around them.
Jean, 2009-09-08 10:06:25

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