Two short short weeks ago I was blogging about the Canadian Olympic Committee throwing in the towel in Vancouver after the Canadian Olympic team got off to a slow start. As it turns out, Canada won 26 medals in Vancouver, including a record 14 gold medals. Quite a second week for Team Canada.
Today, CBC reports that federal government funding for the Own the Podium program will double next year, from $11 million to $22 million. I guess someone in Ottawa must have been pleased with those gold medals. I am very happy that Canada performed well in the Vancouver Games. However, I think it’s important to keep in mind that one of the goals of Own the Podium was to win the total medal count in Vancouver. Canada finished in third, 11 behind the US and 4 behind Germany. Canada won 24 medals in Torino, and finished fourth in the medal count, so the $117 million that was spent in support of elite athletes over the past four years resulted in two additional medals (one of which can be accounted for by men’s ice hockey), and a one place increase on the medal table. I wonder if anyone in Ottawa has heard of diminishing returns?