Olympic medal favourite Dylan Armstrong celebrates with the Canadian flag after competing in the shot put final during the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
With less than 100 days left before the opening of the Summer Games, here's something to stir the heart of every patriotic Canadian.
The Canadian Olympic Committee has decided Canada’s goal this summer will be to place 12th among the 204 countries competing, according to a story in the Globe and Mail. They figure it'll take about 20 medals to do that - up from the 18 Canada had in Beijing four years ago – when we took three gold, nine silver and six bronze.
That haul moved us up to 14th overall from the 19th spot in Athens. That's a big move for a northern country that has historically excelled at winter sposrt, but not so much summer ones.
Moving up a few spots in the medal standings is no easy feat. For one, it takes money, say athletes.
That's part of the reason to Own The Podium program has spent an average of $30-million over the past three years to summer sport federations, for things like nutrition, coaching, travel to and from competitions, technology and research.