Canadas shameful performance.

Will American swimmer Michael Phelps win more medals than Canada all together?


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TheRob

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What a disgrace this Olympics has been for Canada so far. if this doesn't show that we need to spend more money on athletics in this country I don't know what does. It is sad. Of course the nay sayer bleeding hearts will pipe up and say that money should go to healthcare and stuff, but come on! I am certainly not embarrased to be Canadian, but I wish our team(s) could perform better at the world level.

So that begs the question then. What needs to be done? Where will the money come from? How will it be distributed?

One fcuking bronze. Brutal :mad:
 

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I think it's clear the Canadian Olympic committee is taking money away from Summer sports in order to concentrate on Winter sports that Canada excel at with a look towards dominating Vancouver 2010. I would agree with this approach.

But, I agree, one fcking bronze is brutal.

Look out for Canada's two men in the Mountain Bike race!
 

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First,

Who is Ian Phelps?? Is that Michael Phelps' older brother??

Second,

We had to know that we were going to continue to fall behind countries that fund their olympians and build world class facilities for them to train at. We either need to be fully committed to winning or not have any expectations of doing well. Going to the Olympics for the experience is all right as long as we understand that we are there for the party not the prize.

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The problem is that the people in this country that are bitching and complaining about our poor showing thus far are the same boneheads driving around with those " health care before olympics" bumper stickers..... :mad: :mad:
 

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gong show said:
The problem is that the people in this country that are bitching and complaining about our poor showing thus far are the same boneheads driving around with those " health care before olympics" bumper stickers..... :mad: :mad:
You hit the nail on the head. We spend our money on safe injection sites, free needles, and sending Svend on conferences overseas instead.
 

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One of the reasons I was against the Olympics coming to Vancouver was not because of any political feelings about the Liberals but because this provincal or federal government do not care about the Athletes. I feel this way about any political party and funding towards athletes. I know it is not much of a priority to politicians. Athletes have never gotten very much aid. There are alot of wealthy people that will benefit from the 2010 Olympics how many of those have sponsored an athlete? It is a joke! Don't get me wrong I am happy that we got the Olympics because I am a fan of sport and yes it sounds contradictory but it's the way I feel.

Before this country deserves any type of big sports venue there should be some commitmnet to the athletes. As an athlete you need to train year round not have to worry about going to work. You need proper training facilities as well. We are one of the richer countries for crying out loud and there are third world countries that do better than we do.

Athletes and how they are treated should be part of the criteria with the IOC as far as I'm concerned before an Olympics are awarded anywhere.
 

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Sir M,

Plus, privatize our Healthcare to multi-national companies paying people $9hr, thus they can't afford a decent pair of runners, or pay to attend some sports camps, for their kids at a young age.

fcuk Gordl!!!
 

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This is also the summer olympics and Canada is way better in the winter games. Third world countries also beat us in soccer.....it just comes with living here I guess....it's hockey or nothing!

Athletes and how they are treated should be part of the criteria with the IOC as far as I'm concerned before an Olympics are awarded anywhere.[/QUOTE]
 

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filling the net said:
Third world countries also beat us in soccer.....it just comes with living here I guess....it's hockey or nothing!
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I agree with most of what you said. Are Third World Countries are a good example? the following as listed with nationsonline.org are ALSO Third World. They might have poverty but they can all play soccer.

ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CAMEROON, COSTA RICA, NIGERIA....

The list goes on, and MANY are top 20 Ranked FIFA clubs.


As for Olympics this year is tragic. I bet we finish with 4 medals at best, out of 150+ atheletes.

It will be a real tragic year if we also miss out on our one sport we are good at...... NHL Hockey.
 

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As a caller said on Team 1040 this morning, isn't it just a little ironic how Canada gets a medal for men's gymnastics and a medal (soon) for women's wrestling? :D

~Regs.
 

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It wasn't funding that made the french diver pull a cannon ball on her last dive (moving from 2nd to 4th), it's also an acceptance of our country to say "nice job, good try" for ANYTHING. Let's call a choke a choke and get on with it. No medals in swimming, rowing or most other sports and we've had good medal contenders, our flag bearer didn't even get past his first match!! Nice work. Should be interesting to see what the female hurdler does, maybe some whipped cream on top of the sh*t.
 

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Ralph has a good point there (when he's not picking his nose and eating cat food). Several of the Canadian athetes have shite the bed big time, but that said, overall success can generally attributed to funding. The thing is, Canada does a massive amount of funding for sport. One sport that is. Hockey. If you ain't playing hockey you ain't getting no development. That's what you get for being crazy about a sport no one else gives a flying fcuk about. I am Canadian. Woo hoo. Go Trevor. :rolleyes:
 

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Rant on:


It is funny how Canada always excels at "new" sports. Trampoline? Woman's wrestling? Even mountain biking and triathlon- two sports I love- feature Canadian medallists their first times up. At least in those sports, Canada does have a tradition, and will be able to continue on with the excellence.

That said, those sports are well funded through the corporate communities, and for professionals. Especially mountain biking; thanks to sponsor money, our best athletes can train and race in the very best environments and top competitions. If the Ministry of Sports (or whatever the government calls the branch that allocates federal funding) takes any credit for our riders, shame on them. We really need to thank companies like Subaru, Cannondale, Trek, Gary Fisher, Rocky Mountain (the best minor league "system" in the sport), Natural Factors, Tim Horton's, PVL...companies that have sponsored our top riders to either race in the States, internationally, and even domestically. Yes, some Canadian companies there, but for the most part, our mountain bikers have Yankee companies to thank for their funding. Thank you, US of A.

Sean O'Donnell of the CSA states that while Europeans have roots in road racing, "North America is the home of Mountain Biking". Well, to a certain extent, yes. But, the cross country event is merely an easier version of Cyclecross racing- a European sport. Also, besides possibly one Canadian on each podium (Ryder Hesjdal, my pick to win, and Allison Sydor, my pick for 2nd), the men's and woman's events will be dominated by Euros. After, Hesjdal will take a leave of absence from the mountain to race full time on the road with Lance Armstrong's Postal / OLN team. Why? Because that's where the money is. If he comes back to the mountain, he'll be a better rider for the road stint.

If the sport is reliant on federal funding, we don't stand a chance. Ever notice how small European countries can often compete in sports they shouldn't, based on their populations and climates? Norway has been mentioned all over the radio this morning. Norway? Are you kidding me? It's because these countries (strong socialist countries, yes, but also strong democracies) believe sports are a priority. They believe in supporting their athletes, to an extent. It isn't about paying these amateurs a six figure salary, but it is about funding proper facilities, coaching, competition / travel allowances, and making sure they have proper diets and a place to sleep. Set the bar high, and communicate that winning is a priority. Follow the American university athletic model. SOMETHING!

We also have a national problem with our approach to winning the big competitions. What the hell happened in the rowing, anyhow? The men's 8- a well funded (through corporate sponsorship, mostly), well coached, and well traveled team- chokes after going 17-0 (with two World Championships) in racing leading up to the one race that really counts. Apparently, one of the 8 was rowing through an injury. Why? Why wouldn't they use an alternate? The alternates are usually the "1b" of the group...almost as good. Good enough to take to the other side of the planet to stand by in case something happens to a "1a starter". Yet, they keep the injured guy in because they felt a loyalty to him. Fcuk that! The attitude is all wrong. He should have stepped aside, and if not, he should have been yanked from the boat. Winning should have been the priority, not loyalty to a dead duck.

Huge respect to gymnast Kyle Shewfelt...here's a guy that won on likely very little federal funding, and likely on a lot of mom & pop's air-miles. Also, what these guys do with their bodies is un-fcuking-real. That is true commitment. He is an anomaly, though. Don't expect the Canadian Gymnastic program to all of a sudden take off and start dominating the world contortionist stage.

I'm pissed. Congrats to our medallists...against all odds. I hope Simon Whitfield, Hesjdal, and Sydor can medal this week, same with the baseball team...it will only drive home the point that, yes, we do have the athletes, and yes, the only way they can succeed is if they are pros.

Rant over.
 

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Anyone see that short, skinny, white guy from Sweden win the high jump? Nice hops, cracker! This just proves that Canadians can do it. I'm taking donations in anticipation of full-time training for the 2008 Olympics. I'll be the short, skinny, white guy winning the 100m dash. Just gotta figure out how to beat the drug testing. Anybody got any suggestions?
 

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Perdita bails big time. Quite spectacularly too.
Felicien crashes out of hurdles
Last Updated: Tue Aug 24 15:46:57 EDT 2004

CBC SPORTS ONLINE - Perdita Felicien's gold-medal dreams died on Tuesday.
She hit the first barrier and went down in the final of the 100-metre hurdles, the Olympic event most anticipated by Canadian sports fans.

"I have no clue what happened," the shaken sprinter told the CBC. "This is my worst nightmare come true. That was my race to lose and I lost it."

American Joanna Hayes won the gold with a time of 12.37 seconds, an Olympic record. Ukrainian Olena Krasovska (12:45) won the silver and American Melissa Morrison (12.56) took the bronze.

Canadian Angela Whyte finished sixth with a time of 12.81.

Felicien was considered Canada's greatest gold-medal hope heading into the Athens Games.

Some of the strongest competitors in this event didn't run in the final.

Jamaican Delloreen Ennis-London beat Felicien at a meet earlier this year, but finished fifth in their heat Monday with a time of 12.60. Ennis-London finished fourth at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Spain's Glory Alozie, who won the silver medal in Sydney while competing for Nigeria, failed to qualify for the final. She finished sixth in Felicien's heat.

Jamaican Brigitte Foster, who won the silver medal at last year's world championships, didn't line up for her heat Tuesday.

Felicien's archrival, Gail Devers, pulled up injured in the first round.

Many observers expected the final to be a showdown between the veteran American and Felicien, who have gone head-to-head in several meets over the past year.
 

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Jesus Christ. Another spectacular choke. The plate was all set with her two biggest rivals missing the finals.

Hey, at least a Yank won. :rolleyes: I think I'm going to go yack.
 

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On a side note, it was pointed out that her race number was 1313 the other day. Are you kidding me? I'm only a little superstitious, and I would have handed that one right fcuking back!
 

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