The medal counts preoccupy journalism every time the Olympics open. It’s the Winter Olympics in South Korea, on now, and the list of medal winners has been published. At the top, stands Norway (with 9 medals), a country of 5 million people, which, at every Games, outshines every country yet, Canadians (we have 7 medals) blush with pride. Yes, the Games are not over. There are more medals waiting for eager clutches but we, as a nation, should be humbled.
There are more than 30 million people in this country from which the best athletes should be able to rise up in full recognition, in every level of every sport. Winter resides in every part of this country, so like Norway, we ought to be able to mentor athletic brilliance. We should ‘own every Winter Olympics.’
Perhaps the problem is economics. Baseball, football, basketball and ice hockey dangle enormous salaries to the best players who have been recruited from high school and set on a path that leads to professional sport and substantial personal fortunes. Winning a gold in Olympic Hockey should always be a ‘given’ so other winter sports are left to Norway.
The Games are not finished so we may pick up a little more glitter but we ought to accept the fact that Norway will dazzle, as it always does. Norway is the real story of this Olympics, as it has been so many times in its history.
As of today, (19Feb.2018) Norway has 28 medals, while Canada has 17. Again, Norway has won more medals than any other country. The US results look awful, if you consider that the population of the US is about 327 million people from which to find and develop athletes.
Today? (22 Feb. 2018) Norway: 35 Canada: 24
Professional. Retired. Canadian.