Canada won't rest on Vancouver laurels in Sochi

Mellisa Hollingsworth, of the women's skeleton team, is seen during the Canadian Olympic...

Mellisa Hollingsworth, of the women's skeleton team, is seen during the Canadian Olympic Committee's Media Summit in Vancouver, Monday, May 13, 2013. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Steve Podborski likes to point out he won half of Canada's medals at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.

He's not doing it to brag, but rather to illustrate just how far this country has come in terms of success at the Winter Olympics over the last 33 years.

"In 1980, I won one and Gaetan Boucher won the other," Podborski said with a laugh Monday.

Canada's chef de mission for Sochi 2014, who won bronze in the men's downhill in 1980, was responding to a question about Canada's goals for the next Olympics, given the country's astounding success here in 2010 and its progressive rise in the medal standings over the last three decades.

Canada has won more medals than the previous Winter Games every time since 1980.

You'd think that streak would have to stop some time and there's no question that it will be awfully tough to improve on the Winter Olympic-record 14 gold medals and 26 overall medals from Vancouver.


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