Canada's "Own the Podium" program, designed to prepare athletes for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games through increased funding and resources, produced early encouraging results for the country's Olympic Committee with Canadian athletes winning a record 24 medals, finishing third in the medal standings (7 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze), and achieving an impressive total of 45 top-five finishes including 13 fourth and 8 fifth places.
Jennifer Heil produced a medal on the first day of competition by winning gold in the freestyle moguls event with a flawless display of speed, technical form and aerial jumps. On the men's side, Marc-André Moreau placed fourth.
The snowboard cross event made its Olympic debut attracting considerable attention with its visually exciting action. Both Maëlle Ricker and Dominique Maltais qualified in the final grouping of four competitors. Ricker unfortunately fell and suffered a mild concussion, while Maltais, in spite of an entanglement with the safety netting was able to recover and win the bronze medal.
While it recorded no podium finishes, Canada's alpine team represented itself well with Eric Guay (super G), Kelly Vanderbeek (women's super G) and François Bourque (giant slalom) all finishing in 4th place in their respective events.
Sara Renner and Beckie Scott won a silver medal in the women's team sprint, classical style, although precious time was lost on the third lap when Renner's pole broke. In a true display of sportsmanship, a Norwegian coach quickly handed Renner a replacement. Chandra Crawford, making her Olympic debut, surprised her cross country competitors by leading the women's 1.1 km sprint event from start to finish to win the gold medal.
Opening date: February 10, 2006
Closing date: February 26, 2006
Candidate cities: Helsinki (FIN), Klagenfurt (AUT), Poprad-Tatry (SLO), Zakopane (POL)
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