Allsports is wondering if sports fans out there have gotten over their Sochi Winter Olympics hangover yet. For two weeks the Sochi Winter Olympics dominated the landscape in the sports news and sports on the web. Causing a vacuum now that they are over for another four years. How are sports fans coping with the withdrawal that the vacuum has created. Professional sports just seems pail by comparison don’t you think? Discuss and see where your opinions lie. Allsports would be curious to find out through your comments.
Canada did quite well again, almost matching the 26 medals awarded in Vancouver with a total of 25. Based on the colour we finished third yet again which is pretty good considering the competition and our Olympians came home to a nation that was very proud of their achievements. For the record Canada finished with, 10 gold 10 silver and 5 bronze. Compared to our best ever Winter Olympics in Vancouver of 14 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. Not too shabby at all. By the way, Canada finished third in those Olympics as well. It makes for a good corner stone as our Olympic program moves forward and gives the country optimism for South Korea in 2018.
Allsports listed the Canadian medal winners in the first week and now I will honor the medal winners in the second week. They are as follows.
Dominique Maltais , a silver medal in Ladies’ Snowboard Cross.
A bronze Medal for Kim Lamarre in the Women’s Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle.
Jan Hudec wins a bronze in Men’s alpine Super G
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win silver in Ice Dance Figure Skating.
In short track speed skating the women’s 3,000 meter relay team won a silver silver.
Mike Riddle won a silver medal in the men’s Ski Halfpipe.
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse came through for a Gold medal in women’s two person bobsled. A repeat of Vancouver in 2010.
The women came through again with a gold in curling and another gold medal in hockey. Jennifer Jones and here team beat Sweden 6-3 in curling, while our women’s hockey team came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the USA 3-2 in overtime. Not to be out done the Canadian men took the gold in curling and Hockey as well..
Canada captured gold and silver in women’s ski cross as Marielle Thompson of North Vancouver and Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C. finished 1-2.
Charle Cournoyer won a bronze medal in the women’s short track 500 meter speed skating event.
So some skeptics were wondering about the state of Canadian hockey before the Olympics began. All Allsports has to say is there is absolutely nothing wrong with hockey in Canada and we are still the yard stick for which other nations measure their progress. Why do you think so many Canadian hockey coaches find employment abroad? Because other nations want to learn from the best. Both the men and women repeated as gold medalists this time around. The women did so in dramatic fashion against the US and to be honest required a little luck and some intervention from the hockey gods to pull an overtime victory out of the fire. The men on the other hand were dominant in the tournament, giving up only three goals in six games, while scoring seventeen. A 1-0 victory over the USA in the semi final and a 3-0 win against Sweden in the gold medal game started talk about this team being the best that has ever represented the country. Really though the score of the games flattered the US and Sweden because they were dominated and the Canadians controlled the play from start to finish. They were never in trouble and took the boards away from the opposition and any threat was quickly just a one chance and done. The men came together and everyone checked their ego at the door, doing what was required for the team to succeed. Do you not think team Russia should not be taking notes, because they crashed and burned yet again, lacking the cohesion for team success.
So is there anything wrong with Canadian hockey? The results say no, everything is fine. In fact there is always great debate in this country when the team is picked because in reality, Canada could send two teams to the Olympics and chances are they would play each other for the gold medal. So take a bow Steve Yzerman, you and your team of coaches and General Managers deserve it.