Canada is in fourth place in the medal standings after Day 8 in Sochi.
Gold – 4 medals
Silver – 5 medals
Bronze – 3 medals
The Winter Olympics have added 5 new disciplines between 1992 and 2002: Curling, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating, snowboarding and skeleton. It’s also helped Canada that Women’s Hockey is now a discipline.
Since the Winter Olympics started this expansion process in 1992, Canada has won nearly 20 per cent of all the available medals (and more than 50 per cent of all its medals) in those five disciplines.
Canada has still yet to win a medal in luge, Nordic combined and ski jumping.
Canada also has won only 12 of the more than 700 medals ever given out in bobsleigh, biathlon and cross country, and only 10 of about 400 medals in alpine events.
But it all started in Calgary in 1988 with a trio of demonstration sports that were so popular with fans.
In Calgary in ‘88 Canada finished 13th in the overall medal standings; we were 9th in Albertville, 7th in Lillehammer, and had top five finishes in Nagano, Salt Lake City and Turin.
Four years ago, in Vancouver, Canada set a new high, topping the standings, becoming the first host nation to do so since Norway 58 years earlier.