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Old 08-10-2008, 07:27 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:28 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Old 08-10-2008, 07:50 PM   #43 (permalink)
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For all the negative talk, the air quality doesnt seem that bad, the fans have been great and the athletes are seeming to love the hosts.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:46 AM   #44 (permalink)
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So, how are the Canadians doing so far at the Olympics? We've got to be cleaning up with all the medals, eh?
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:53 PM   #45 (permalink)
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So, how are the Canadians doing so far at the Olympics? We've got to be cleaning up with all the medals, eh?
lol honestly i have no idea how Canada is doing, but Canada never does that well do we?

Arent we still the only host nation in Olympic history that didnt win a gold at home?? As Ric Flair would say "wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo".
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:26 PM   #46 (permalink)
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hopefully they're handing out sportsmanship metals
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:47 PM   #47 (permalink)
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personally, i just think the infrastructure for amateur sport in Canada is in a bad state. And by that, i don't mean that there isn't enough money. I just don't think it's being spent wisely. For one thing why send so many athletes (what 200 or so?) to the games when 80% of them are just working on personal bests? It seems pointless.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:57 PM   #48 (permalink)
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my problem is that hockey is basically the only sport that this country truly endorses. i understand that you just can't try to stage different competitions and force people to like it, but the awareness should be there. these athletes are always performing in competitions year round. the only way we really ever hear about them competing is on a funny highlite blooper reel or in a local paper. it's a shame. we suck because we don't have a national stage and can't gain the interest from enough people to create competition to where we might actually compete for medals in the summer. honestly, we can't always rely on canadian citizenship card holders for the summer olympics.
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Old 08-11-2008, 07:34 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I love sports wholeheartedly, and im a proud Canadian, but wasting a nice portion of $ on training athletes isnt high on my tax dollar priority list. If the goverment stopped wasting $ in so many other things it would be easy to fund them decently.
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i believe that money wasted on youth programs that might decrease the rapidly increasing weight problem canada is suffering by is a good thing. it just doesn't fall on the government. you'd think with the tuition these kids are forking over to post-secondary institutes that they would have some formable athletic programs.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:47 PM   #51 (permalink)
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One thing I'm sick of hearing with Canadian athletes is "personal best." I hate hearing that. If your personal best wasn't better than everybody else's personal best, then I don't give a shit. Our coach in school used to tell us that and it's probably the best thing he ever told us (before he got canned). "If that's your best...if that's the damn best you can do... then their best is better! You hear me? Right now, their best is BETTER. I don't give a shit if we did our best."

I understand what they're trying to say, but really.
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:58 AM   #52 (permalink)
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One thing I'm sick of hearing with Canadian athletes is "personal best." I hate hearing that. If your personal best wasn't better than everybody else's personal best, then I don't give a shit. Our coach in school used to tell us that and it's probably the best thing he ever told us (before he got canned). "If that's your best...if that's the damn best you can do... then their best is better! You hear me? Right now, their best is BETTER. I don't give a shit if we did our best."

I understand what they're trying to say, but really.
exactly.

Why send a team of 200 when 180 of them are striving for personal bests that don't put a dent in the competition? The Olympics is the biggest stage in the world by miles. It's not the place for personal bests. What i'd like to see is for Canada to cut its team in half and really really focus on the athletes that CAN compete with the big boys and girls.
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:56 AM   #53 (permalink)
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I guess the only thing PB's are doing is setting the bar higher for other amatuers in Canada to know how much better they need to get. The thing i question is once these guys/gals get back to Canada do they improve on their PB's or do they fall back below and take it easy until the next olympics.

That said, i agree with you guys that we send way too many atheletes based on what our medal haul will end up being ( 0 right now). We need to give less spots and force people to fight and try harder to make the olympics.

As for the funding..i can't speak to it as im not sure what formula they use to dish out cash, training etc....But its plain to see what they are doing now just isnt working.

You want to encourage champions, you have to start very young. Theres got to be money, programs, training, incentives for our youth to get it going from a young age.
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:05 AM   #54 (permalink)
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I like that Canada wins very few medals. It makes the ones we win that much more special.

Yeah, we don't probably support and fund our athletes like other countries do, but seeing as we're number 36 in the world in terms total population, we also have a much smaller talent pool to draw from than some of the Olympic heavies.
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Yeah, we don't probably support and fund our athletes like other countries do, but seeing as we're number 36 in the world in terms total population, we also have a much smaller talent pool to draw from than some of the Olympic heavies.
true. but we always seem to have an olympic team that's top 10 in terms of number of competitors. That's what it looks like at least.
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true. but we always seem to have an olympic team that's top 10 in terms of number of competitors. That's what it looks like at least.
And I would rather be top 10 in competitors than in medals.
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Old 08-12-2008, 04:19 PM   #57 (permalink)
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i've been thinking about this... and i actually want Canada to win as few medals as possible. I say this with the intention that for the sport infrastructure to improve, i think it needs to be rebuilt and re-vamped. Usually it takes hitting rock-bottom for this to happen.

Over the years, there has been a steady decline in how well Canada performs at Olympics. We USED to have a good system. Now we have a shitty one. I'm sure it's possible to get the country back to some level of respectability on the world sporting stage some how. But they are going to have to change things big time.
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:18 AM   #58 (permalink)
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I think one of Canada's problems is that all of the different sports have their own governing groups that have A LOT of infighting and politicking, which results in...well, no results. So much time is spent on figuring out who is going to do what that time and resources are diverted away from the athletes. Hell, we get to the Olympics and the swim coaches and the mens swim team are at odds over who is going to race in which race.

But going back to PB's, you're supposed to use those in training. You use that to gauge yourself against the world. That's your motivation.
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:59 PM   #59 (permalink)
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I only have one thing to say about these Olympics:

Michael Phelps is juicing.

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