Displaying a magnificent finishing kick, it turns out that these Olympics will be a roaring success after all. We are setting records. First, we have guaranteed ourselves a Canadian record of 26 medals. We have tied the world record for Winter Olympic gold with 13 (with 2002 Norway and 1976 Soviets). Should we win the hockey game on Sunday, we will be all alone in the record books with 14 first place finishes. Our anthem has been played to more podiums than any other. Lest we forget, the ancient Greeks only awarded prizes for first place (at least according to my ten minutes of research in Wikipedia). Was it Aristotle or Plato who said "if you ain't first, you're last"?
Let me take you back to a poll that I conducted in the first few days of the Olympics.
HOW MANY MEDALS DO YOU EXPECT CANADA TO WIN IN VANCOUVER?
less than 20 (43%)
25-30 (22%) *answer 26
Thus 73% of my visitors at the start of the Olympics under estimated our eventual medal count. I would say that our athletes defied expectations. I declared on day 6 that we would not win total medal count and we should instead focus on winning the most gold. I took some flak, and yet here we are on the eve of the Closing Ceremonies with not only the most gold medals but also tied for the record for most gold ever by any country at a Winter Olympics with a gold medal hockey final yet to be played.
It is a great day to be Canadian! I remember earlier in the week, Evan Soloman was running the frequent headline "Dreams Dashed" when talking about the Olympics. How do we define dreams? Standing on the podium while everyone listens to your national anthem and your home fans are their singing along? You may have jumped the gun on that bad news story E-Solo. Will Evan run the headline "Most Dreams Achieved Ever" on Monday? I doubt it.