Canada is not only successful participating in Winter Olympic Games, it is also successful hosting them.
The North American country has welcomed the world on two occasions. The first was Calgary in 1988.
CALGARY, CAN - FEBUARY 1988: Thousands of people gather to watch the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics circa Febuary, 1988 in Calgary, Canada. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Vancouver played host 22 years later.
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 12: A snowboarder flies thru the Olympic Rings during the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 12, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Those 2010 Winter Olympics were the most successful ever for Canadian athletes, as they finished with 26 medals. Alexandre Bilodeau captured Canada’s first gold with a victory in freestyle skiing moguls.
Canada's Alexandre Bilodeau practices the jump during the Men's Moguls Freestyle Skiing training session at Cypress Mountain during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, north of Vancouver on February 11, 2010. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Star hockey player Sidney Crosby also displayed his heroics in 2010, scoring the overtime winning goal in the final versus the United States.
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28: Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada waves a national flag following his team's 3-2 overtime victory during the ice hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Canada’s most decorated winter Olympian is speed skater Cindy Klassen. Throughout her Olympic career, she’s won six medals, including a 2006 gold finish in the 1500-metre race.
TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 22: Cindy Klassen of Canada skates in the 1500m women's Speed Skating Final during Day 12 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 22, 2006 at the Oval in Turin, Italy. Klassen finished first with a time of 1:55.27 to win the gold medal. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Curling is very popular in Canada and when the sport made its Olympic debut in 1998, the country rallied behind skip Sandra Schmirler. She and her rink beat Denmark 7-5 in the gold medal match.
14 Feb 1998: Sandra Schmirler of Canada releases the stone at Kazakosohi Park during the womens curling during the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Mandatory Credit: Gary M Prior/Allsport
About Sandra Prusina
Sandra is a sports journalist based out of Calgary, Canada. She's covered three Olympic Games, as well as other sporting events across Canada.
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