Posted by: ownthepodium | February 20, 2010

STRIVING TO DO OUR BEST

Sport is about both joy and disappointment. Without this dichotomy, sport lacks spirit and emotion. We witnessed this binary last night at the Whistler Sliding Centre. At the Olympic Games – the ultimate test – our Canadian skeleton athletes did their very best and we are extremely proud of these remarkable athletes. Under immense pressure, they demonstrated the determination, passion and sportsmanship that epitomize our Canadian athletes.

Gold medal performances like Jon Montgomery’s are the reason we set such high goals. Indeed, Own the Podium set a challenging goal by trying to be the top medal winner of these Olympic Games. Whether we achieve that is not the issue. It is that we try to be the best we can be. Just like the athletes.

When Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Games, we asked the national winter sport organizations and their athletes what they needed to achieve success in 2010. They knew they had the potential for remarkable performances, but they needed to be surrounded with the best coaches, perform with the best equipment and afforded every opportunity to achieve their goals.

The OTP goals are not directives, but the reflection of the collective goals the athletes set for themselves. We rallied around them and provided their sport organizations the support they needed.

Michelangelo wisely said, “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” OTP set an ambitious objective be the top nation in 2010, and this objective has already helped produce some wonderful results thus far. This time last week, Canada had never won a gold medal on home soil. We now have four…with more to come.

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