“The last couple of days have been a little insane, but it’s been so fantastic to see the support that our basketball team has been getting, and we’re just hoping to keep pushing that through with our Olympic qualifier”, she said.
With the excitement of Toronto 2015 officially in the record books, the next edition of the Pan American Games is set for the summer of 2019 in Lima, Peru.
Canada couldn’t close out the Pan Am Games with another gold medal.
Canada was disappointed not to be playing in the Pan Am final after a 3-0 loss to the United States in the semifinal, but as the third ranked team in the tournament, its finish is right on par with outside expectations. It lacks a centerpiece track and field stadium, and would need to build an athletes’ village.
Whether Canada will more than double Cuba’s medal output in Rio still isn’t clear.
“They’re the bread and butter”, Own The Podium chief executive officer Anne Merklinger said. “We have a world cup to prepare for in 2018, and the girls effectively were talking about starting our Tokyo program in this game”. Canada surpassed the 119 total medals from Guadalajara on Day 8.
“They say it is not a good time to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry and in the euphoria of what were a tremendously successful games… this is a serious, rational decision that has to be made”. The final eight nations represented in the overall medal standings earned a single medal apiece in Toronto. Canada’s taxpayers are the biggest contributor via Sport Canada, although the COC contributes money to its coffers from its corporate sponsorship campaigns.
When asked about the legitimacy of Tory signing the Olympic letter, given the existing council committee vote, Aubut responded: “The mayor of Toronto, I know him well, and he is an absolutely fantastic leader and he knows what to do”. The conversion rate in Beijing was 67 per cent. “That is absolutely our goal as well”.
The performance also has Toronto talking about a potential bid for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games.
“For a vast majority of athletes, this is about teaching them how to win in a competitive environment”, said Assalian.
There were also successes for the women’s swimming team and in the table tennis competitions, but Brazil’s performance in athletics (with only one gold) and in the football (bronze in the men’s) was considered disappointing.
Team sports are expensive because several athletes need to be funded for only one medal, but Assalian and Merklinger both say the impact it has on Canadians makes it worth the money. The 25 new and renovated sports facilities – such as the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome and the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House – will serve as world-class training sites for the community and for future national teams, and will also be available for public use. And people watched them, too.
“This is a way for Toronto, in some way, to endear itself to the country – to be the biggest city in the country, to be the leader, to be the example for the country, and do something profoundly positive”, Furlong said.