Canada will beat its Vancouver medal haul at Sochi 2014: predictions

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It is usually difficult for Olympic athletes to perform even better after a Games held at home, but that is the aim of Canada’s team heading into next month’s Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

The 22nd Winter Games begin in a month from today, and Canadian athletes are quickly sweeping medals in Olympic-qualifying World Cups and World Championships for their respective sports.

Canada is gearing up to outdo its 2010 medal haul in Russia with the help of Vancouver legacy programs like Own the Podium. Over the last four years since Vancouver, athletes with high potential have received $80-million in funding to assist with their training costs – $10-million more than the $70-million in funding they received over the four years leading up to Vancouver.

In Vancouver, Canada won 14 gold medals – the most of any competing nation – and took in a total of 26 medals coming behind Germany with 30 (10 as gold) and the United States with 37 (9 as gold).

Like what Canadian athletes experienced in Vancouver and Whistler, the Russians will have home ice and snow advantage but they have much to prove after coming in at a disappointing ninth place in 2010 with only 3 golds and a total of 15 medals.

The Canadian Olympic Committee’s focus at Sochi will be to exceed to its 2010 medal count, which means winning at least 27 medals. It wants to be the first country to not fall back on its medal count after hosting the Olympics.

According to Infostrada, a company that synthesizes international sports data, Canada is on the right track and is currently expected to win a total of 31 medals with 11 gold, 14 silver and 6 bronze. These predictions are the latest and were released today, January 7.

However, these are not the company’s final predictions. The remaining Olympic-qualifying events held over the next few weeks could change Canada’s estimated medal tally and relative ranking.

Medals won – predictions as of January 7, 2014

Rank / Country / Gold / Silver / Bronze / Total

1 NOR 14 12 10 36
2 USA 14 8 8 30
3 CAN 11 14 6 31
4 GER 10 11 12 33
5 FRA 6 3 5 14
6 RUS 5 6 4 15
7 KOR 5 5 4 14
8 NED 5 4 4 13
9 CHN 4 4 4 12
10 AUT 3 8 9 20
11 SUI 3 5 1 9
12 SWE 3 3 1 7
13 SLO 3 2 2 7
14 JPN 2 3 3 8
15 POL 2 0 2 4
16 CZE 2 0 1 3
17 ITA 1 3 5 9
18 GBR 1 2 3 6
19 FIN 1 0 7 8
20 AUS 1 0 2 3
21 KAZ 1 0 1 2
22 LAT 1 0 0 1
23 BLR 0 4 0 4
24 CRO 0 1 1 2
25 UKR 0 0 2 2
26 SVK 0 0 1 1

Medals won by Canadians – predictions as of January 7, 2014

Speed Skating – 1000m – Women
 Gold
Christine Nesbitt
Speed Skating – 1500m – Women
 Silver
Christine Nesbitt
Speed Skating – Team Pursuit 6 Laps – Women
 Silver
Canada
Ice Hockey – Team – Women
 Silver
Canada
Curling – Team – Men
 Gold
Canada
Curling – Team – Women
 Bronze
Canada
Bobsleigh – 2-Man Competition – Women
 Gold
Kaillie Humphries
Luge – Single – Women
 Silver
Alex Gough
Luge – Team – Relay – Mixed
 Silver
Canada
Figure Skating – Ice Dance – Mixed
 Silver
Virtue / Moir
Figure Skating – Singles – Men
 Gold
Patrick Chan
Figure Skating – Team – Mixed
 Bronze
Canada
Freestyle Skiing – Aerials – Men
 Bronze
Travis Gerrits
Freestyle Skiing – Moguls – Men
Gold
Mikael Kingsbury
 Silver
Alexandre Bilodeau
Freestyle Skiing – Moguls – Women
 Silver
Justine Dufour-Lapointe
Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross – Men
 Silver
Christopher Del Bosco
Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross – Women
 Silver
Marielle Thompson
Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe – Women
 Gold
Rosalind Groenewoud
Freestyle Skiing – Slopestyle – Women
 Gold
Kaya Turski
 Silver
Dara Howell
Snowboard – Snowboard Cross – Women
 Gold
Dominique Maltais
 Silver
Maëlle Ricker
Snowboard – Slopestyle – Men
 Gold
Mark McMorris
 Silver
Sébastien Toutant
Snowboard – Slopestyle – Women
 Silver
Spencer O’Brien
Short Track – 1000m – Men
 Gold
Charles Hamelin
Short Track – 1500m – Men
 Bronze
Charles Hamelin
Short Track – 3000m Relay – Women
 Bronze
Canada
Short Track – 5000m Relay – Men
 Gold
Canada
Short Track – 500m – Men
 Silver
Charles Hamelin

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