The answer is "Go fuck yourself America"! (And Brian - though I have yet to get to that.)
Perhaps you haven't noticed that your population is 309 million, while ours is 34? Do the fucking math.
And... the Own the Podium initiative was intended to focus on getting a higher medal count than ever before. We aren't there yet, but the games aren't over yet either. And even if we don't... the majority of the ire against the initiative comes from the country that brought us "Mission Accomplished" - to say nothing of the manufactured fracas that built up to that piece of bullshit propaganda.
We may not get a record high medal count - it may even be the writing on the wall already - but the issue for me is that some ass-wipes from the USA think that that failure is really relevant and more importantly; significant.
Canada is taking shit right now for - god forbid - trying to be competitive.
It's the fucking Olympics!
We've already done better than we ever have on home soil. So guess what? We fucking win! "Mission Accomplished." Game over asshole! Oh, the asshole in question is a minor-league-famous podcaster named Brian who posted the title of this post as his Facebook profile tonight.
BBC has also vilified Canada for (oh shame!) the Own the Podium initiative. Gee, we must really be dickheads for trying to out do... who?... OURSELVES! How un-Canadian! This IS a competition. Why should we sit back and simply let other people win? The entire premise is ridiculous. Yes, you are right, we are such jerks, trying to set our sights higher and putting more effort into advancing our position - no real country would ever try and do that.
Seriously you guys (And Brian), go fuck yourselves. Yeah, I'm saying 'fuck' a lot. But that simply a reflection of how childish your dispertions are.
I had a totally civil and awesome dinner with an American couple (total strangers) two nights ago who felt no need to dispense contempt. We were watching curling and we could have cast our lack of respect for how poorly the US team is doing in curling... (the worst.... period) but that was totally un-necessary. We had an awesome night with them.
I really hope that Canada still manages to have our highest medal count ever - we only fell off the pace yesterday and a turn around is TOTALLY within sight. But even if it doesn't, we had already - by day three - out performed our previous medal aspirations by getting a gold... FOUR by now. That would be the equivalent of 40 for the US population. We are doing fine, thank you, how are you faring against the count of 40? (Answer = 7 = gofuckyourselfbrian.)
...or is this a US v. Canada hockey thing?
Yeah, you beat us today. Whatever. When did you last win the olympics? Oh... that was when I was ten. If you do better than us on the podium for hockey then 'fucking-yay for you.' But until then the answer is still: gofuckyourselfbrian. This IS still the preliminary round... and that means SFA. It is by name and definition, preliminary.