Canada will not soon forget the 2010 Winter Games, having racked up literally dozens of historic firsts. A typical day of the games saw Canada earn its first ever 15th place finish on Canadian soil by a 27-year-old Quebecker in Men’s Super Combined Alpine Skiing and its first ever 10th place finish in Men’s Ski Cross. Meanwhile it was shutout entirely, another historic first, in Women’s Mass Start Biathlon.
“Canada, it has always been a role model to us,” Dugashvilli said.
Some grumblings were heard, however, over the aggressive stance taken by the Canadian Olympic Committee in its Own The Podium program. Smället Dugashvilli, president of the group Citizens of the World Against Stupid Nationalism (CWASN), expressed dismay at the unprecedented confidence shown by Canadian athletes and Olympic organizers through much of the Games. “Canada, it has always been a role model to us,” Dugashvilli said, at a specially convened press conference. “A country with no identity. Now, of course, we are very disappointed.”