That’s the hard thing, because you need the results to get the funding. Or have the potential to get the results. Because we didn’t have any funding in Sydney, it was a new sport, but we got two medals and from there things started to – and then Athens, more medals. So then it kind of continued to grow from there. But it’s like, how do you get there if you don’t have the support to begin with?
When Canadians get into new sports, they’re equal with the rest of the world because they weren’t putting in the funding either at that time. But then once the rest of the world puts the funding in, if you’re not doing it too, you can’t catch them. So back then when it’s new, you’re on a more even playing field, and I think that’s where that advantage came from. But eventually you need the funding to keep up.
Carmelina Moscato: Women’s soccer, bronze medalist
Do Canadian athletes need more support if we want to boost our medal count?
I think there is support. We needed to win in order to get Canadians backing us as soccer players. It’s been incredible reading the tweets and e-mails, and those people reaching out, it’s just been awesome for our team, and like I said before I’m just really, really excited to be here and I’m happy that you all showed up.
Adam van Koeverden: Canoe/kayak sprint, silver medalist in men’s kayak single 1,000-metres
What does Canada need to do to win more medals?
I’ve got lots of ideas, that’s why I’m on the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission. When we’re looking at the medal tally, it’s important to think back to two years ago in Vancouver, we’re a winter country, we all know, we’ve all shovelled our driveways before. We know this is a cold country and it’s hard to train for summer sporting. I travel six months of the year to find good weather to paddle in and when you look at the duel medal count from two Olympics, we’re extremely competitive for a tiny country in terms of our population.
Christine Sinclair: Women’s soccer, bronze medalist
You say Own The Podium helped the women’s soccer team win bronze. Please explain.
The preparations we had, to live in Vancouver, it’s the best preparation we’ve ever had. … It’s working for us.