Of­fi­cials main­tain Canada can still be No. 1

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DONNA SPENCER

overnight in a Van­cou­ver hospi­tal.

Ro­chette came into th­ese Games con­sid­ered a medal con­tender. While of­fi­cials said she in­tended to com­pete, they ac­knowl­edged it would be dif­fi­cult for her to per­form.

Canada had 11 medals half­way through the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, en route to a record to­tal of 24 and third over­all in the medal count. The 2010 team was ahead in gold — four com­pared to two — at Satur­day’s half­way mark, but the name of Canada’s game here is quan­tity, not qual­ity, of medals.

Ger­many topped the medal stand­ings in 2006 with 29, so Canada needs to more than triple its first-half out­put to both beat its Turin to­tals and have a chance at the over­all ti­tle.

“ We’re go­ing to have more medals won than ever be­fore by Cana­di­ans at a Win­ter Olympic Games,” Cham­bers said.

Hopes of a multi-medal Sun­day for Canada were dashed when Chris Del Bosco crashed in the fi­nal of men’s ski cross and speed­skater Chris­tine Nes­bitt fin­ished sixth in the long-track 1,500.

OTP head Roger Jack­son pre­dicted be­fore the Games be­gan that Canada would trail ri­vals U.S. and Ger­many af­ter the first week and then play catch-up. The Amer­i­can pace, how­ever, sur­prised him as the U.S. was three medals ahead of where he thought they would be at the mid­point of the Games.

“ There’s been some amaz­ingly in­ter­est­ing sur­prises in the Amer­i­can pro­gram,” he said. “A num­ber of ath­letes have per­formed well at the Games that did not show very much prom­ise lead­ing into the Games.”

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