The final marks for Canada's Olympians

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School's out and the marks are in. Here's a look at how we felt the various Canadian sports performed at the 2010 Olympic Games. The Own the Podium 2010 funding is for the 2009-10 season:


What was expected: Medals are hard to get in alpine because there are so many talented skiers chasing them. Canada came in with a number of skiers hurt, but still, on the home hill, was one medal too much to ask?

Canadian four-man bobsled Olympic bronze-medallist Chris Le Bihan meets his son Beau for the first time as his wife Naomi looks on after he arrived in Calgary on Monday. The baby was born while Le Bihan competed in the Vancouver Winter Games. - Photo by T

School's out and the marks are in. Here's a look at how we felt the various Canadian sports performed at the 2010 Olympic Games. The Own the Podium 2010 funding is for the 2009-10 season:


What was expected: Medals are hard to get in alpine because there are so many talented skiers chasing them. Canada came in with a number of skiers hurt, but still, on the home hill, was one medal too much to ask?

What was delivered: Except for Erik Guay and Britt Janyk, they really didn't come close. Nobody got to the podium. Guay was fifth in the downhill and the super-G, while Janyk, who grew up on the Whistler slopes, was sixth in downhill.

OTP: $3,474,503.

Expected grade: B; Final grade: C-minus.


What was expected: Head coach Geret Coyne said before the Games that he felt his team could get one medal. It didn't. But you could hardly fault any of them for failing to hit the podium in a sport where they are huge underdogs.

What was delivered: Jean Philippe Le Guellec finished sixth in the sprint, the best Olympic result ever in the event by a Canadian man. He added an 11th in the pursuit and a 13th in the individual event. The men's team was 10th in the relay.

OTP: $310,000.

Expected grade: C.; Final grade: C-plus.


What was expected: The Canadian sledders were expected to deliver a medal in each event. The two women's sleds, Kaillie Humphries with brakeman Heather Moyse and Helen Upperton/Shelley-Ann Brown were both solid. Lyndon Rush had overtaken legend Pierre Lueders on the World Cup circuit, but that just gave Canada two men's medal threats.

What was delivered: The women were stellar with Humphries and Upperton driving to the gold and silver medals, respectively. Pierre Lueders showed his age finishing fifth in the men's two and four, but Rush pulled out a bronze in the four-man after crashing in one run and ending up 15th in the two.

OTP: $2,194,061 (shared with skeleton).

Expected grade: B; Final grade: B-plus.


What was expected: We expected close in a few events, but no cigars. There was some hope someone would pull a rabbit out of a hat the way Chandra Crawford did in 2006 in Turin, but nobody was expected to get a medal.

What was delivered: A spectacular effort. A number of top-10 finishes including one of the unsung Games highlights - three top-10 finishes in the men's 30-kilometre pursuit by Ivan Babikov (fifth), George Grey (eighth) and Alex Harvey (ninth). Devon Kershaw and Harvey finished fourth in the team sprint. On the final day, Kershaw was fifth - missing the podium by a little more than a half-second - in the 50-km mass start.

OTP: $1,183,280.

Expected grade: C; Final grade: A-minus.


What was expected: At every Olympics two medals in curling are pretty much expected from the Canadian men's and women's rinks. It's a lot of pressure, but it's also a pressure-packed competition just to get the nod to represent Canada.

What was delivered: Gold and silver and it should have been gold and gold. Kevin Martin earned his gold, Canada's 13th at these Games. Cheryl Bernard let the Swedes score two to tie it in the 10th and force an extra end. Sweden won in the 11th.

OTP: $1,078,500.

Expected grade: A.; Final grade: A.


What was expected: Two medals were a reasonable expectation. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were a near certainty in the ice dance, but Patrick Chan had been fighting injuries all year, the pairs weren't really medal ready and Joannie Rochette was capable but in tough against Yu-Na Kim, Mao Asada and a strong field.

What was delivered: Consistency and gold from Virtue and Moir and a remarkable performance by the amazing Rochette, who somehow managed to win a bronze medal days after her mother Therese had died of a heart attack while in Vancouver to watch her daughter skate. Rochette carried the flag in the closing ceremonies. Is anybody else thinking that Manon Perron should get consideration as coach of the year?

OTP: $716,000.

Expected grade: B.; Final grade: B-plus.


What was expected: Canadians were expected to do well in moguls and perhaps add a medal in men's aerials. Jenn Heil was among the pre-Games favourites to deliver the first-ever gold medal on Canadian home soil after the shutouts in 1976 in Montreal and 1988 in Calgary.

What was delivered: A strong showing. Heil didn't get the gold. She got silver but a day later, on Sunday, Feb. 14, Alexandre Bilodeau delivered that first golden moment, winning the men's moguls and lifting the piano off the backs of every other Canadian athlete at these Games. No medals in aerials, but three Canuck men - Steve Omischl, Kyle Nissen and Warren Shouldice - made the 12-man final. Nissen finished fifth.

OTP: $2,076,000.

Expected grade: B; Final grade: B-plus.


What was expected: Two gold medals. And anything less would be heartbreak.

What was delivered: In a women's tournament that could be the last one of the Olympics because of its competitive imbalance, the Canadian women swept to gold. The only time they were challenged was when they were caught partying at centre ice after everyone else had left the building. The men scared the bejeebers out of the country, allowing the tying goal with 25 seconds left in the third, but Sidney Crosby won it in overtime for Canada's 14th gold of these Games, more than any country had ever won at the Winter Olympics.

OTP: $2.6 million.

Expected grade: A; final grade: A.


What was expected: Like their cousins in skeleton and bobsled, Canada's lugers were supposed to have a home track advantage at the Whistler Sliding Centre and deep down there were hopes that an Alex Gough or a Regan Lauscher might somehow find a way to the podium.

What was delivered: A tragedy not a medal. A young slider died in a crash. The course was altered to reduce speed. Any Canadian home hill advantage disappeared. The women had a harder time dealing with it than the men. Lauscher led with a 15th-place finish. Sam Edney was seventh, a Canadian Olympic best. The Moffats, Chris and Mike in doubles, were also seventh.

OTP: $680,000.

Expected grade: C.; final grade: C-plus.


What was expected: Are you kidding? At last season's World Cup in Whistler, the Canadian team stayed with friends and hitchhiked to and from events in the Callaghan Valley.

What was delivered: Canada had one man in this guy's only event - Jason Myslicki. He did about what you'd expect in a sport that gets next to nothing in funding. Let's spare the details and say he finished near the bottom of the 46-man field.

OTP: $35,000.

Expected grade: D; Final grade: D.


What was expected: If Canada was going to own the podium, this sport had to step and deliver. But people who follow the sport knew that the Koreans, Chinese and Americans were all good and getting medals at the Pacific Coliseum would be no stroll in the park.

What was delivered: After a slow start, by the men in particular, the short-trackers finished strong. Charles Hamelin earned a gold in the 500 and helped the relay team capture gold a few hours later. The women picked up a silver from Marianne St-Gelais in the 1,000 and a silver from the relay team.

$2,467,796 (shared with long-track).

Expected grade: A.; Final grade: B.


What was expected: See above. Same deal. For Canada not to dis-own the podium, there'd need to be medals galore at the Richmond Olympic Oval. And though there was no skater capable of delivering five medals like Cindy Klassen did in 2006, the team was strong, particularly on the women's side.

What was delivered: There were glitches. Denny Morrison didn't medal in either the 1,000 or 1,500. The women's team pursuit, No. 1 in the world, missed the podium. Christine Nesbitt took home gold in the 1,000, but missed the podium in the 1,500. Kristina Groves skated to a silver and bronze in the 1,500 and 3,000, respectively, and the remarkable Clara Hughes, in her swan song, earned bronze in the 5,000. Morrison and the men surprised with gold in the team pursuit.

$2,467,796 (shared with short-track).

Expected grade: A; final grade: B.


What was expected: Canada expected at least one medal in the men's and women's event. Mellisa Hollingsworth was the top slider on the 2009-10 World Cup circuit and Jon Montgomery, Jeff Pain and Mike Douglas were all capable on the men's side. They also had a big home track advantage at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

What was delivered: At first it was disappointment. Then came triumph. Hollingsworth finished fifth and apologized to the country. Then Montgomery lit up the nation with a gold-medal run. He fist-pumped. He jumped onto the podium. Then he led the nation on a beer-fuelled walking tour through the streets of Whistler. One of the Games's magical moments.

OTP: $2,194,061 (shared with bobsled).

Expected grade: A; Final grade: B-plus.


What was expected: It's hard to have expectations in a brand new sport making its Olympic debut, but let's take a shot. With Ashleigh McIvor leading a strong women's team and her boyfriend Chris Del Bosco leading a strong men's team, four medals weren't out of the question. A year before the men had swept the World Cup Olympic test event on the same Cypress course.

What was delivered: In a blizzard, McIvor delivered the gold. But that was it. The men failed to reach the podium as Del Bosco finished fourth.

OTP: $1,190,000.

Expected grade: A.; Final grade: B.


What was expected: The nation pines for the days of Horst Bulau. Nobody in their right mind would have expected a medal from Canada's ski jumpers and they delivered right on queue.

What was delivered: They did the best with what they had. Let's face the truth. Without funding, without facilities, without much support, it's unfair to ask athletes in sports like ski jumping and Nordic combined to deliver. Stefan Read led the way, with a 46th on the large hill. Canada placed 12th in the large hill team event.

OTP: $82,500.

Expected grade: D; Final grade: D.


What was expected: A big mess at Cypress? Well of course, but somehow the severely challenged venue managed to stage all its events without moving any of them to Whistler, Mont-Tremblant or Kathmandu and Canadians fared remarkably well. Halfpipe, with the strength of the Americans, presented a challenge, but medals were expected in snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom.

What was delivered: Quite a bit. Between snowboarding, freestyle and ski cross, Cypress served the Canadians well. Maelle Ricker won gold in the women's snowboard cross. Mike Robertson earned a silver in the men's event and then Jasey-Jay Anderson, in his fourth Olympic Games, finally stepped onto the podium by winning the men's PGS.

OTP: $1,959,300.

Expected grade: A; Final grade: A

Organizations: Whistler Sliding Centre, NORDIC, If Canada Richmond Olympic Oval

Geographic location: Canada, Whistler, Turin Sweden Vancouver Montreal Calgary Canuck Callaghan Valley Mont-Tremblant

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