Canada is squirrelling away medals at a record-setting pace at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, giving rise to one pertinent question: Can the country keep it up?
After the first five full days of competition in Russia, Canada’s tally stands at a healthy 10, tied for second most with the Netherlands. Norway leads the overall medal race with 12; Germany leads with six gold.
Canada is off to its best start at a Winter Games, its medal haul eclipsing the six the country secured over the same time frame in Vancouver in 2010.
Four years ago, Canada wound up with a total of 26 medals competing on its home turf, a record for the country.
While Canada’s start to the Vancouver Olympics was not as electrifying as what is taking place in Russia, the contingent continued to get stronger as the Games went on.
Canada was only kept off the podium once through the first eight days at the 2010 Games. The bulk of the country’s medals were earned over the final five glorious days of competition, when athletes earned 15 of the 26-medal total.
As the Olympics in Sochi churn into the sixth day of competition, Canadians have plenty of medal hopefuls to root for, starting with long-track speed-skater Christine Nesbitt, a gold-medal favourite in Thursday’s 1,000-metres.
Charles Hamelin, with one gold already after a victory in the short-track 1,500, is on the hunt for more. A medal favourite in the 1,000- and 500-metres individual events, Hamelin is also a member of the men’s 5,000 relay team also being counted on to secure a gold.
Other Canadian medal favourites still to compete include Patrick Chan in figure skating, and Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse in women’s bobsleigh. The women’s hockey team is a shoo-in for a podium appearance, and you can never count out the men’s team of NHL stars.