Sitting Here on Blue Jay Way
Canada now has 3 medals including a gold in womens wrestling
Gold in men's eight! Trampoline coming up!
The Wall Street Journal had a run-down today on, "Which countries have the most gold medals per million capita:"
Czech Republic: .1955
South Korea: .1223
~ Figure Skating Is My Passion ~
Okay I am Feeling Better Now
Go Canada!! Everyone in Canada is breathing a sigh of relief as we have recovered from our medal drought. All I can say is Kudos to the athletes who "stepped up to the plate" and to those who gave it their all.
Thanks to all of our athletes!
It never fails. Every Olympics the same old song gets sung about "Why are we funding these Elite Athletes when we've got so many obese kids out there that we need to help?". It is a proven fact that whenever the Olympics end, the sports that we do well in get a boost in kids joining or wanting to join the respective clubs. I forget how much enrollment went up after Atlanta at Rowing Clubs across the country for example.
You see...There's the little thing called Inspiration that comes into play here. Kids see these sports, see Canadians doing well in them and think, "Wow!! That looks really neat and if they can do that, maybe I can too." There's a trickle down effect from World Championships and Olympic Games that is a huge factor when it comes to Amateur Sports in this country. For instance, we're now in a time frame in Figure Skating w/the group of the Cream of the Crop of the Skaters competiting at Canadians who, when you ask them, will say they were inspired by that fantastic event that happened 20 years ago in Calgary.
Mind you, not all of those kids will end up being the next Carol Huhyn (I hope I spelled her name right) or Adam Van Koverdam. However, when you've got kids who want to give something like Rowing a shot, when all that kid normally does is sit in front of the TV/Computer after seeing it during the Coverage of the Olympics...Why not take that inspiration and run w/it.
The problem is though, are these fees to join the Clubs, then for the equipment and then coaching fees. We need to overhaul the Grassroots system and do something to allow these kids who are inspired to try some of these sports, but can't afford the fees. I was so impressed listening to Carol's first Coach being interviewed along w/her in the Studio. If a kid couldn't afford the fees, then he had them help him get in his wood for the winter or help him do something else. It doesn't matter to him if a kid can't afford the fees because he will not turn away one kid who wants to join his club and give Wrestling a try.
We need more Coaches like that, but at the same time, it's sad that the grass roots Coaches have to come up w/ideas like that to keep the kids w/the passion and drive in the sport. There's got to be a better way to fund Sport in this Country. It's a proven fact an active society is a healthy society and that a person who is active in childhood stays active through their lives.
I just don't know what the answer is to that problem is. :sad:
I also just want to tear my hair out during the first week of the Summer Games. That's another one that never fails!!! It's always gloom and doom until that first weekend and the Rowing Finals happen. We had people visiting us and asking me, "Well, you must be disappointed in our showing so far.." and then shocked when I said I wasn't. Since I follow Amateur Sport all the time instead of just two weeks every two years, I'm educated when it comes to what sports we're really great in.
As soon as I saw the Beijing Schedule, I *knew* what would happen during that first week of the Games and sure enough... For once, I wish the Media would do responisble reporting and explain to Canada that there is a reason why we weren't bringing in medals that first week over there. That just doesn't produce the big headlines though.
What's really sad though is that we're about to head into that time between Games when nobody gives a crap about the majority of our Athletes. My Brother in Law once asked me when I was celebrating a World Title in Alpine Skiing a few years ago why I cared about our Amateur Athletes. I shot back w/, "Why do you only care once every four years?" He couldn't answer me because he knew I had a point and a good one at that.
It's all well and good for everyone to be happy when our Athletes win in the Olympics, but it's the four years inbetween when those medals are won. I realize here in North America the Pro Sports get the majority of the headline coverage, but why can't Rowing, Kayaking, Skeleton/Luge, Bobsled...what have you, get equal coverage? I don't buy the "No one's interested in it outside of the Olympics" excuse. When we have company and I'm watching...For example, a major Rowing regatta on the CBC, they'll end up being glued to the TV and really getting into it.
I realize Amateur Sport has to contend w/the Pros here in NA, but if they were properly promoted and covered the way they should be and deserve to be, then maybe more people would get interested outside of those once every two weeks every two/four years. Once again...I have no idea how to make this reality.
And now...I'll step off of my soapbox and thanks to those who have actually made it all the way down that epic to here and the end!!
~ Figure Skating Is My Passion ~
Well said. I might just add that as a nation though geographically Canada is large, but small in population compared to the Super powers we did okay at the summer games. We are not by nature a "flag waving" nation, so whether or not we win medals at the Olympics becomes relative. We are proud of our athletes no matter where they place. More attention is paid to winter sports here than summer sports so our summer Olympic athletes often don't get alot of support. Most of them have to pay for their training and other costs.
Originally Posted by Tigger
Congratulations to all who did their best at the Summer games.
I wonder how the Canadian skaters will do in 2010.
~ Figure Skating Is My Passion ~
I think we will do great. We always do as a rule at the Winter Olympics, since we are known as a "land of ice and snow" - just look out my window right now!! Our winter sports get more funding than our summer sports. I am sure the skaters will be prepared for a showdown!!
Originally Posted by PolymerBob
Thanks for your response.
I thought Canada only won one medal in ice skating in 2006 - Jeff's bronze?
I think that's true. Joannie was 5th, I think, which I consider to be pretty good. D/L had that accident in the original dance, didn't they? They would have been in the medal running surely. Honestly, even though there is only one medal to show for it, I think we did pretty good. Hopefully we'll have a couple more in 2010 in front of a home country crowd!
Originally Posted by Winnipeg
You are right re D and L - terrible fall for her. I think they would have won silver....
Originally Posted by skatingbc
In 2010, I think we have a shot at a medal in each discipline, with the ladies the longest stretch.