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02-10-2014, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by tv14 View Post
Canada seems to be developing nicely into a top contending country for the Winter Olympics. Unfortunately it seems that the traditional skiing events (all the cross-country events, ski jump, downhill, super g, etc) are the only things holding us back from becoming a powerhouse.
Our success fairly depends on relatively new events continuing to be added to the games. Going through the years Canada tends to have a whole lot of success at new, or relatively new disciplines and events.

When other nations start sniffing around those disciplines more the going gets particularly tougher.

Lets be clear here too. Hockey and the Men's Downhill are the glory events. Win either and those get remembered forever.

For any winter country the Men's downhill, and particularly in Europe is just a huge event and few others match the support. Win the Mens Olympic downhill and you're a legendary figure forever.

I think the term powerhouse is a bit misleading until we compete better in some of the primary, heavily contested events.

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