All you need to know about our country’s growth as a Winter Olympic powerhouse is this: In the first 17 Winter Games, Canada won a grand total of 64 medals. In the last four, Canada has won 82.
The numbers are staggering.
After years of needing generous descriptions to achieve mediocrity, Canada is suddenly a real contender for the top of the medal standings, with gold-medal threats in almost all sports and disciplines.
Coming off of an impressive 14-gold, 26-medal performance on home soil in Vancouver, Canada heads to Sochi, Russia once again looking to Own the Podium and has a realistic chance of winning the most medals in 2014 in what will no doubt be a tight race with Germany, Norway, Russia and the United States.
If history suggests anything, Canada is destined to once again improve on its medal haul from Vancouver, and some predictions reach as high as 35 medals.
Since 1980, when the Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, N.Y., Canada has taken home more medals than the previous Games every time. Canada won just two medals in 1980, only four in 1984 in Sarajevo, five in 1988 in Calgary and seven in Albertville in 1992.
The surge began in 1994 in Lillehammer when Canada won 13 medals, grew to 15 in Nagano in 1998, 17 in Salt Lake City in 2002, 24 in Turin in 2006 and finally 26 in Vancouver.