Wednesday, February 15, 2006
It seems like every time the Olympics are about to happen, sports expert-types start trying to predict how many medals Canada will win. And then it seems like the final medal count always falls short of expectations... already there seems to be some disappointment with Canada's skiing results.
It seems like a lot of pressure to put on these althletes considering that most of us pay exactly zero attention to them during the four years between the Olympics when they're off training and competing in various other competitions. I hope our athletes succeed of course - but given our apparent lack of consistent commitment to caring about them, their main concern should not be whether we (or maybe more specifically, our media!) seem disappointed in their perfomance.
... which leads into the inevitable discussions of how underfunded Canadian athletes are. Which only seem to happen directly pre- or post-Olympics.