Once again we applaud their efforts, and express pride in how they performed.
And, once again we wonder why they didn’t do better… being oh, so careful, not to minimize their achievements.
They, after all, are the ones who step up, our flag-bearing Olympians, devoted to bringing glory to the Great White North.
Our goal in London wasn’t unreasonable… score more medals, including three gold, than we won in Beijing. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. While we did tie that medal count, we walked away with two less gold.
Now, the question is, do we really care? Just how much importance, do we as a nation, put on the Olympic Games?
If we truly do care, than obviously, we need to make some changes.
More dedicated athletes? Don’t think so. We’d be hard pressed to find such an animal.
No. The answer is money… a LOT more money? To compete, and WIN, on the international stage, is an expensive proposition.
While we can never expect to top the giants, like the U.S. and China, we can, with increased funding, improve our chances of moving up the ladder… leaving all the “Uwhatsastans” eating our dust.
As we can’t count on corporate Canada to pitch in more, and tax dollars are a no go, (not a good time) the only other source of cash would be a lottery… an Olympic Lottery! Not a new idea, but a good one…it seemed to work well for the Brits!
Like it or not, the price of gold is going up, and if we’re not going to put out… maybe we should drop out.
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