Well, we are getting plenty of boohooing and handwringing here in frozen Canada over the lousy showing of Canada's athletes at the Olympics in Beijing.
As of this writing Canada has won a big fat zero medals. That's right: zero, zip, none. Nada. Some folks are calm about the situation, but most people in Canada are up in arms over the poor showing so far and calling for a royal commission to look into this debacle, and blaming it all on a lack of government funding for our athletes.
I blame Canada's showing on the fact that people in this country devote all their time and effort to winter sports instead of summer pursuits. Heck, Canada always does well at the Winter games. But the summer games are kind of a different story.
How bad is Canada doing? So bad that we are trailing countries like Vietnam, and Uzbekistan, and a whole bunch of countries that end in "stan". So bad that our basketball team didn't even qualify for the freaking tournament! It really is getting to be an embarrassing situation. But look, it's better to lose with honor than to be doped up with steroids to win at all costs. I am not the biggest fan of the Olympic Games or the whole movement anyway, mainly because it seems to me that the biggest supporters of the Games are these totalitarian regimes in far-flung countries. Places where people have few rights. So I am not too broken up over our Olympic performance.
Personally, I don't think there should be more government funding for these Olympic athletes. Instead, I think businesses and ordinary Canadians ought to start stepping up to the plate and start contributing more money to these athletes, instead of leaving it up to government to do all the work!
Anyway, we'll keep you posted on this situation and on the reaction from shell-shocked Canadians to the disasterous showing at the Games so far.