How did we do poorly?
Is it really doing "poorly" if one of out athletes finishes second or third or even 23rd in the world (out of 7 billion people)?
To me, the biggest indication of the success of Olympic programs is the number of athletes a country sends to the games, compared to the population size. Canada sent 281 elite athletes. Every country ahead of them has significantly highly population.
i know everyone wants us to be the best at everything, but we can't. We are one of the top 3 or 4 countries in the Winter Olympics every year. We are one of the top 15 countries in the Summer Olympics every year. Overall, we are essentially the 5th best country at the Olympics overall (summer + winter) with only the US, China, Russia and Germany outperforming us at both Olympics.
Expecting Canada to be the best country at the Summer Olympics considering our population size and climate is ridiculous.
"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing".
We can certainly compete in everything, since countries Ukraine which have worse climates than us finished higher. BC is a good enough climate to train 8 months of the year, and with 90% of the sports you can train indoors anyways. If you are contempt with just doing "OK" every year you should become a Islanders fan too.
Enough of this attitude, we have the resources to finish top 7, let's do it. Why be ok when we can be the best, and near the top.
If Canada spent a little more, a lot of those 5-7th place finishes could have been bronze and silvers, while all those medals we already won, could easily have been gold.
We have the athletes ready, we just have to give them the proper support. Do you REALLY think Phelps wins all those golds with out all that funding?! Training makes great athletes, great. No one wins Olympic gold with no training, and it is ALWAYS the teams that invest the best, who win.