Sports data com­pany fore­casts 29 medals for Canada

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An an­a­lyt­ics com­pany pre­dicts a big Win­ter Olympics for Nor­way and says Canada will fin­ish fourth in to­tal medals won next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The U.S.-based sports and en­ter­tain­ment data com­pany Gra­cenote has Nor­way top­ping its vir­tual medal ta­ble with a whop­ping 40 medals, in­clud­ing 15 gold, which would both be Win­ter Games records.

The cur­rent highs are Canada’s 14 gold and the 37 medals won by the United States in 2010 in Van­cou­ver and Whistler, B.C.

Canada is pro­jected to col­lect 29 medals — nine gold, nine sil­ver and 11 bronze — be­hind Ger­many with 34 and the U.S. at 32 in Pyeongchang.

France is pegged to post its best per­for­mance, ty­ing the U.S. for gold with 10 and Rus­sia at 22 medals.

The 2018 Win­ter Olympics open Feb. 9 and close 16 days later.

With a year to go, The Cana­dian Press fore­casts 28 medals for the Cana­dian team (eight gold, 10 sil­ver, 10 bronze).

Those who run Cana­dian sport are wait­ing un­til af­ter world cham­pi­onships con­clude to de­clare the coun­try’s goal for Pyeongchang.

Fin­ish­ing first in to­tal medals won was the tar­get in both 2010 and 2014, when Canada won 26 medals for third and 25 for fourth, re­spec­tively.

Canada ranks third among coun­tries in gold medals (31) and to­tal medals (116) so far this win­ter sport World Cup sea­son be­hind Ger­many (64, 163) and the United States (45, 126).

The Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee ex­pects to send a team of ap­prox­i­mately 240 ath­letes to Pyeongchang, which would be the largest for a Win­ter Games.

For­mer short-track speed skater Is­abelle Charest was named Canada’s chef de mis­sion ear­lier this week.

The great un­known in the equa­tion in South Korea will be Rus­sia.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee has yet to say if Rus­sia will par­tic­i­pate in Pyeongchang, in the wake of a re­port that said the coun­try was be­hind an “in­sti­tu­tional con­spir­acy” that cor­rupted drug test­ing at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.

World Anti-Dop­ing Agency in­ves­ti­ga­tor Richard McLaren has is­sued two re­ports that de­tail Rus­sian state in­volve­ment in a huge pro­gram of cheat­ing. That puts pres­sure on the IOC to act, though a blan­ket ban on Rus­sian ath­letes seems un­likely.

Rus­sia led the medals ta­ble in 2014 in Sochi with 33 over­all.


From left, Canada’s Jayna Hef­ford, Ha­ley Ir­win and Gil­lian Apps show off their gold medals af­ter de­feat­ing Team USA in the women’s gold medal hockey game at the Sochi Win­ter Olympics in Sochi, Rus­sia in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

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