Officials maintain Canada can still be No. 1
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.”