Own the Podium - 2010 is a sport technical program designed to help Canada become the number one nation in terms of medals won at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, and to place top three at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. The program is a collaborative effort supported by all 13 of Canada's winter National Sport Federations and the major winter sport partners including the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Sport Canada, the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). The focus of the program is to provide additional resources and high performance programming to Canadian athletes, coaches and support personnel to help them achieve podium success in 2010.
Collectively, the group agreed to pursue the goal of becoming the number one nation in medal count at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The goal for the Paralympic team is to finish in the top three nations at the 2010 Paralympic Games. A detailed report on the Canadian Paralympic program will be available in late February 2005. The partners agreed that Canada must change the way it delivers sport in order to accomplish these goals and created guiding principles for achieving their vision in 2010.
The program, detailed in a report written by sport technical experts, analyzes Canada's potential to be the top medal winner at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. As part of the research phase of the report, sport experts in several countries including the United States and Australia were consulted for their expertise. The report concludes that with a focused vision, well-executed implementation and increased resources, Canada can be number one at home in 2010.
To achieve this goal, the report found that Canada would need to win approximately 35 medals in 2010, more than double the 17 medals won by the Canadian team in Salt Lake City in 2002. The report found that Canada currently does have the depth of talent in certain sports to increase the number of potential medallists for 2010. However, the Canadian team can only achieve the goal of 35 medals with a new approach to sport delivery supported by the federal government and sport leaders in Canada as well as a $21-million annual increase in funding for winter sports over the next five years.
This program marks the first time Canada's winter sport organizations have come together with their sport partners to map out a comprehensive plan that, if fully implemented, would give Canada's athletes the required financial and infrastructure support to help them perform at their highest potential.
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What is the general consensus on spending all this money towards earning Olympic medals? We have homeless people on the street. Impoverished kids with no clothes to wear and little to eat. We have drug addicts who are wasting their lives away. A healthcare system that is on its knees. Shouldn’t we worry about these social issues first, and then perhaps spending frivolously on things like earning medals and holding Olympic games?
Personally, I believe the Olympics to have far more meaning than just about whos faster or stronger. I believe it helps the cohesiveness of participating nations, and also aids in the overall morale of the country by aiding patriotism..to name just a couple.
Are there other benefits and/or negatives to hosting the Games as well as to assuring our athletes do well at these games by pouring public money into these athletic programs? Should we be spending them on other things as stated above?