To me it's not about medals. Would I like to see Canada take number one in the medal rankings on our own soil? Of course I would, however, it's not terrible realistic. The U.S, Germany, both have ten times out population and resources. Finland, Sweden, Switzerland have centuries of practice ahead of us. However, we can try our best, be good hosts and try our personal bests and that's a win. We want to share out beautiful city and country, we want to show the world who we are and what we're about. We're not about being showy, we're about being Canadian.
A win to me is being Canadian and showing the world what that means. Being Canadian is our figure skating pair (whose names I failed to record and it's not on CTV's site yet!) showing up at Robson Square to skate with the public. The female half gave skating lessons to some kids while the male half gave the kids airplane spins. They did some demonstrations with smiles on their faces since they were obviously having *fun* and not just doing a public stunt. That's Canada, that's Canadians.
There's always room at the table for one more, there's always some instruments being played in the kitchen, and there's always a helping hand. We won't carry you, we'll help you get back on your feet. We won't hate, hurt and hit, but we will defend with enthusiasm. We're good-humoured, we're sharing, and we love our neighbours. Even Torontonians. Heck, say something nice and we'll probably even share our beer, explain curling and invite you to skate on the backyard rink. (Well, outside of the pacific south-wet where they actually have winters and backyard rinks.)
We'll sit on the edge of our seats and pray for gold in hockey (Women's AND Men's!) and we'll cheer each and everything athlete who stands on the podium. The world's success is our success. And heck, our Olympic village is one million dollar condos.. Top that Russia!