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My thoughts on the 2010 Winter Olympics

Raymond Parade
Five years ago, the Vancouver Organizing Committee announced the “Own the Podium” programme, designed to create world-class olympians ready to compete in Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics, a process that normally takes a decade.
The idea was that if we create many such athletes, we could dominate the olympics in total medal count, which would of course been a record-breaking event for Canada.
The bad news is we didn’t succeed.
But wait. There’s good news.
It was still a record-breaking olympics for Canada:

  • The first time we won a gold medal as host country
  • The first country to reach double-digit gold medals in these games
  • The highest number of gold medals in these games
  • The highest number of gold medals of any country in any Winter Olympics
  • The first time we have had a three-gold-medal day
  • The first time in nearly 50 years we beat the Russians at men’s hockey at the Olympics
  • The highest number of total medals we have ever won at any Winter Olympics

In addition, of the top 10 countries these games, Canada was one of only 2 countries to have more than half of their medals as golds.
Well done, Team Canada.

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

12 replies on “My thoughts on the 2010 Winter Olympics”

Oh… were we supposed to own the WHOLE podium? I’m quite happy with just the top of it. 🙂

Oh… were we supposed to own the WHOLE podium? I’m quite happy with just the top of it. 🙂

Oh… were we supposed to own the WHOLE podium? I’m quite happy with just the top of it. 🙂

Just shows that it’s better to aim for the moon and hit the trees than to aim for the manuer and hit it!

Just shows that it’s better to aim for the moon and hit the trees than to aim for the manuer and hit it!

Just shows that it’s better to aim for the moon and hit the trees than to aim for the manuer and hit it!

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