The era when a medal tided Canada over for a few days at the Winter Olympics is long past; now a day without a medal constitutes a drought.
A sneaking suspicion is that hockey — Sweden-Russia women's game, correct? — was probably a preoccupation for much of the country's sports likers. Meantime, Day 6 (or Day February 13, to use a Don Landry-ism) marked the first time at these Games that Canada did not pick up any medals. That did not happen until Day 8 AKA Day February 20 four years ago in Vancouver.
Two anticipated short-track medals evaporated faster than an investment with Stratton Oakmont. Speed skater Christine Nesbitt's season of frustration continued with a ninth in the women's 1,000 on the slow oval at Adler Arena. Canada also finished a heartbreaking fourth in the inaugural team relay.
"I died more than I've ever died in the 1,000," Nesbitt, who was initially in the silver medal position after clocking in at one minute 15.62 seconds but immediately told reporters that wouldn't hold up, told the CBC following her event. "I lost 2½ seconds between the first and second lap, that's uncustomary for me. It's been a really hard season."
But is it harsh reality time for the Maple Leaf, a time for a reappraisal of the whole situation? Somewhat. With 10 days to go in the Games, Canada might need its athletes to catch some breaks to reach medal projections set forth by both the Associated Press and The Canadian Press wire services.Read More »from Canada’s first medal-less day at Sochi 2014: does that throw off projections?