2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games: Athletes from around the Globe Converge in British Colombia as Canada Hosts the World's Largest Winter Sports Event

By Appelbe, Alison | Americas (English Edition), January-February 2010 | Go to article overview

2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games: Athletes from around the Globe Converge in British Colombia as Canada Hosts the World's Largest Winter Sports Event


Appelbe, Alison, Americas (English Edition)


[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Assessing Team Canada

In a country that has historically approached Olympic competition with a wan combination of modesty and high hopes, things have changed. Leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, to be held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia between February 12 and March 12, 2010, an unfamiliar pride, positivism, and even swagger has come to typify the Canadian attitude to competition.

Fuelling this change is a national initiative called "Own the Podium," which was launched in 2005 to support and train winter sport athletes with the goal of winning the greatest number of medals of any country in 2010. "We want to be the number one nation for the first time at the Olympic Games," says Jean Dupre, Director-General of Speed-Skating Canada. Given that Dupre oversees a speed-skating team that captured roughly half of Canada's medal take at the last three Winter Olympics, the expectations from his quarter are considerable. But other teams that are part of the Canadian national team also nurture exceptionally high hopes.

"Canada is sitting in the number one position moving towards the games," says Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, which includes top-seeded skiers in freestyle's aerial and mogul events. So, it seems, Canadian athletes are about to collectively abandon a not entirely mythical nice-guy image, get seriously bullish, and go all-out for the top-nation standing. Recent Winter Olympics suggest that it is a strong possibility. In 1998 in Nagano, Japan, Canada placed sixth among countries, and then moved to fourth position in Salt Lake City in 2002. At Turin, Italy four years ago, Canada placed third behind the United States and Germany. In recent collective World Cup standings in winter sport, Canada rates second only to Germany.

Interest in ice hockey, unofficially Canada's national sport, is intense. While eyes will be on the women's team, which won the gold at Turin, the more intense expectations will be for Canada's men's team, which won no medals in Turin. Journalist Stephen Brunt, writing in Canada's newspaper The Globe and Mail on a Canadian hunger to triumph internationally in hockey, looks to "that glorious moment when the puck drops and the great nation-defining drama begins again."

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Well that "glorious moment when the puck drops" could refer to the opening in Vancouver of the Games themselves, and Canada's irrepressible intention to show to the world its prowess and skill--even showmanship--in its home-grown winter sports. After all, much of this second largest country in the world is covered in ice and snow November through March. Although the Games will be held in Canada's most temperate region--the southwestern part of the province of British Columbia on its Pacific coast--the coastal mountains, with elevations of up to 7,000 feet are expected to provide stellar winter conditions.

With the Canadian National Team participating in all of the dozens of winter activities, from dog-sledding to back country (off-piste) skiing, the international competitions leading up to these Olympics show that Canadians particularly excel at freestyle skiing, curling, speed skating, and hockey.

Freestyle skiing was born in North America in the heady 1960s and early 70s when the opportunity was seized "to do things a bit out of the norm," says team head Peter Judge. In recent decades, freestyle has branched into three distinct disciplines: aerials and moguls, both of which became Olympic medal sports in the early 1990s, and ski cross, which will make its debut as a medal discipline at the 2010 Games.

Initially Canadian and American freestylers dominated World Cup circuits. Today 30 countries support freestyle programs. At the 2006 Olympics, Australia, Switzerland, China, and Canada won gold medals. In Canada, aerial (acrobatique in French) skiing got its start in the province of Quebec. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games: Athletes from around the Globe Converge in British Colombia as Canada Hosts the World's Largest Winter Sports Event
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.