Of course the problem with making picks for unexpected medals is that, well, they are unexpected (that said, watch out for the Canadian 4X200m men’s freestyle relay team to grab an upset bronze. I’m also feeling good about the women’s soccer team’s chances if it captures one of the top two spots in its group—but ask me again this time tomorrow).
At times in the lead up to these Games, which unbelievably start in less than 12-hours with the
Beneath the crap—and there is a lot of crap at any Olympics—there is truly spectacular and engaging competition. After all, the athletes didn’t choose to go to China. And, although there are a lot more rich, professionals competing now (the Redeem Team. Please) the vast majority are just fencers from Bulgaria or rowers from Victoria. They ain’t rich and they ain’t famous outside of their own kitchen table.
We shouldn’t ignore the politics this time around. But, we should also try to enjoy the Games on our own terms as well. They only come around every four years and they are too good to miss (even if most of the events are taking place while we are asleep).
So set your alarms. Canada’s Games start at 4:45 a.m. EDT tomorrow on the See Bee See, when the women's soccer team takes on Argentina.