Bravo! Canadian Olympians did extremely well at the 22nd Winter Olympics at Sochi.
They made all Canadians proud.
Our team won 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals at the most expensive winter Olympics ever staged.
The Sochi games cost more than $50 billion.
We were just one short of the 26 medals won four years ago when the winter Olympics were held in Vancouver in British Columbia.
Russia, the host country, won 33 medals including 13 gold.
Canada won more gold medals than the United States, Germany and France.
We should all be proud of this great achievement.
Despite shadows of impending terrorist attacks and wide spread reports of possible protests against Russia’s anti gay laws, the games almost proceeded without any major problems.
Sure there were problems about accommodation, food and stray dogs.
But, show me a country that has staged a mammoth Olympic event without any problems.
The host country did everything to make sure the games were safe and welcoming.
When we staged our Olympics in Vancouver, we had to deal with a lot of criticisms from British and the American news media covering the early days of the event.
This year, an exceptional level of controversy had dogged the games because it was being held in a country which does not respect freedom and human rights.
The Olympic Games celebrate the ultimate in human achievement.
Canadians were expected to win more medals than they won in their own country four years ago.
This did not happen.
I feel Ottawa has to dish out more money to train our Olympians and provide them with the means to succeed when competing with the best in the world.
You just have to look at how other countries train their Olympians.
Apart from more money, Canada has to make it a full time task to train Olympians and potential Olympians.
Athletes need to devote countless hours to becoming the very best.
President Vladimir Puttin succeeded in showcasing the “new Russia.”
Russia is a complex country with many complex problems and yet it succeeded in putting on a fine show.
Back to our own Olympians.
Canada won back to back golden victories in curling and hockey.
Many of Canada’s women athletes were on top of the world.
We showed to the world when Canadians are supreme when it comes to hockey and curling.
Canadian women had not won gold in women’s curling since Nagano, Japan, way back in 1998.
In four years time, another winter Olympics will be held in South Korea.
Canada has four years to prepare for this event and seriously start training our Olympians.
Russia won only 15 medals and only three of them gold at the British Columbia games.
This year, the Russians won 33 medals, including 13 in gold.