But it has not deterred Canadian athletes from practising what they preach.
Canada is still below the United States and Germany in medal counts, but we are leading in the most sought after medal of all–GOLD.
Day after day, our athletes have been pushing themselves to achieve what many have been preparing for all their lives–to earn a place on the podium at the Olympic games. There have been successes, and there have been let downs. But the biggest event is still to come.
At 3:15pm EST, the Canadian Olympic hockey team will have a second chance to do what they should’ve done a week ago–beat out team U.S.A.
Most Canadians don’t want to remember the preliminary round game against our neighbours. The nail-biting game with Brodeur taking most of the heat for the loss. Team Canada then put Luongo in net and battled their way through the Germans, the Russians and the Slovaks to earn their way back into the race for gold.
Now it is time to take our revenge.
But that’s not the only thing riding on our hockey players shoulders. We also have an Olympic record to set.
We have already broken the number of gold medals for any host country for the winter Olympics, and have tied for the most gold medals earned by any one country in the winter Olympics. The gold medal team Canada is expected to win today will break that record.
Will the Canadian hockey players walk out of the 2010 Olympics on-top of the world, or buckling under the pressure?