- Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics
Infobox Olympics Canada
competitors=262 (130 men and 132 women)
Canadacompeted at the 2004 Summer Olympicsin Athens, Greece.The Canadian Olympic Committeesent a team of over 200 athletes, the lowest since Canada boycotted the games in 1980. This is a result of the COC changing its standards for qualifying, with the aim of sending fewer athletes but focusing its energy on those who have the best chance at winning medals. This somewhat controversial policy was pursued after a reduced medal showing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Canada is not a power at the
Summer Olympics. Many Canadians turn to winter sports, and recently the country has performed relatively better at the Winter Olympics. Canada's overall medal count has been dropping, along with the totals for most developed countries as the developing nations capture comparatively more medals. Most expected Canada to win a similar number of medals as they did in 2000.
The flag bearer was
Nicolas Gill, a judoka. A mild controversy developed after it was revealed that Gill had made comments in favour of Quebec separatism, and had voted yes in the 1995 Quebec referendum.
Canada finished in 21st position in the final medal rankings, with three gold medals and 12 medals overall.
The main network for Olympic coverage in Canada is the CBC which covers events live, and then replays highlights in prime time. Both the French and English CBC are covering the CBC often showing different events, with
Radio-Canadafocusing more on Quebecathletes. The cable channels TSN & RDS won the rights to broadcast some parts of the games, mostly team sports that CBC and Radio-Canada decided not to cover. The digital channel CBC Country Canada, only available to a minority of Canadians, covered equestrian events.
Results by event
Jonathan Ohayon- scored 140 in the last 64 to come in 47th place
Marie-Pier Beaudet- scored 128 in the last 64 to come in 56th place
Nicolas Macrozonarisran 10.40 s in the first round of the men's 100 m and 10.28 s in the second round; he did not advance to the 100 m semifinal.
Pierre Browneran 10.32 s in the first round of the men's 100 m and 10.21 s in the second round; he did not advance to the 100 m semifinal.
* Gary Reed ran 1:46.74 min in the first round of the 800 m and 1:47.38 min in the semi-final, finishing 12th overall.
Achraf Tadiliran 1:46.63 min in the first round of the 800 m finishing 25th overall.
* Kevin Sullivan ran 3:39.30 min in the first round and 3:42.86 in the semi-finals, placing 19th overall.
110 m hurdles
* Charles Allen In the first round, ran 13.35 s, a personal best. In second round, he ran 13.30 s, another personal best and the in semi-final he ran 13.23 s, another personal best, to qualify for the final. In the final, he ran a 13.48 to finish 6th.
4x100 m relay
* Nicolas Macrozonaris,
Anson Henry, Charles Allen, and Pierre Browne - Round 1, 0:38.64 (did not advance)
50 km walk
Tim Berrett– 4:10:31 (31st place)
Mark Boswell, who was seen a potential medal winner, jumped 2.28 m in the first round and 2.29 m in the second round to finish 7th overall.
* Brad Snyder threw 19.46 m in the first round to finish 20th overall.
Jason Tunksthrew 61.21 m in the first round to place 15th overall.
100 m hurdles
Perdita Felicienand Angela Whytequalified for the women's 100 m hurdles final. In the final, Felicien, well-favoured to medal, fell at the first hurdle and did not finish; Whyte finished sixth, better than was expected.
Priscilla Lopesran 13.08 s in the first round to finish 20th overall.
Diane Cumminsran 2:01.19 min in the first round of the 800 m and 2:00.30 min in the semifinal to place 14th overall.
Courtney Babcockran 4:08.18 min in the first round to place 26th overall.
Malindi Elmoreran 4:09.81 min in the first round to place 32nd overall.
Carmen Douma Hussarran 4:06.90 min in the first round and 4:05.09 min in the semi-finals to qualify for the final. In the final, she ran 4:02.31 to place 9th overall.
Emilie Mondorran 15:20.15 min in the first round to place 17th overall.
Courtney Babcockran 15:47.35 min in the first round to place 29th overall.
Dana Ellisand Stephanie McCannboth qualified for the final with jumps of 4.40 m both. In the final they again reached 4.40 placing 6th and 10th respectively.
Charmaine Reid- defeated in round of 32
Helen Nicholand Charmaine Reid - defeated in round of 32
Denyse Julienand Anna Rice- defeated in round of 32
Mike Beresand Jody Patrick- defeated in round of 32
Philippe Bourretand Denyse Julien - defeated in round of 32
Canada's baseball team did very well in the initial stages of the round-robin winning their four first games. Despite losses to Japan and Cuba, they rebounded in their final game vs. Australia. Most notable has been the performance of
second baseman Richard "Stubby" Clapp.
With a 5-2 record in the preliminary round, Canada finished in 3rd position, behind Japan and Cuba and ahead of Australia. In the semi-finals on
August 24, Canada lost 8-5 to Cuba. Canada was leading Cuba 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning but then gave up 6 runs. Japan lost 1-0 to Australia in a surprising result in the other semifinal, almost ruining Canada's hopes for a medal in Baseball, which would later prove true as Canada lost to Japan on August 25in the Bronze medal game, thereby finishing fourth.
Team Canada's roster:
August 15: Canada 7 - 0 Chinese Taipei
August 16: Canada 9 - 3 Italy
August 17: Canada 7 - 0 Netherlands
August 18: Canada 2 - 0 Greece
August 20: Canada 1 - 9 Japan
August 21: Canada 2 - 5 Cuba
August 22: Canada 11 - 0 Australia
August 24: Canada 5 - 8 Cuba(semi-final)
August 25: Canada 2 - 11 Japan(bronze medal game)
Boxing saw much controversy over the COC higher qualifying standards. After an appeal it was decided that three more boxers could go to Athens. Canada's most notable success was
Benoit Gaudetdefeat of Thai former champion Somluck Kamsingand Andrew Koonerwho made it to the quarter-final in the Bantamweight class.
Trevor Stewardsondefeated Flavio Furtadoof Cape Verdein the round of 32 in the Light Heavyweight (81 kg) division. He later lost to Ahmed Ismailof Egyptin the round of 16.
Jean Pascalwas defeated by Yordani Despaigne Herreraof Cubain the round of 32 in the Middleweight (75 kg) division.
Adam Trupishwas defeated by Ruslan Khairovof Azerbaijanin the round of 32 in the Light Middleweight (69 kg) division.
Benoit Gaudetdefeated Somluck Kamsingof Thailandin the round of 32 in the Featherweight (57 kg) division. He later lost to Seok Hwan Joof South Koreain the round of 16.
Andrew Koonerdefeated Alexander Espinoza Hernandezof Venezuelain the round of 16 in the Bantamweight (54 kg) division. He later lost to Bahodirjon Sooltonovof Uzbekistanin the quarter-final.
lalom Racing Men's
James Cartwrightfinished 11th in the first round of his heat for men's C1 canoe singles, and 10th in the second round. He finished 9th in the semi-final, and did not qualify for the finals.
Margaret Langfordfinished 16th in both rounds of her heat for women's K1 kayak singles, and did not qualify for the semi-finals.
* David Ford finished 4th in the men's K1 kayak singles slalom final.
Flatwater Racing Men's
Canoeing 1000 m
Stephen Gilesraced 3:52.451 min in the preliminaries, 3:51.720 min in the semi-finals, and 3:51.457 min in the final to finish 5th overall.
Canoeing 500 m
Richard Daltonraced 1:50.005 min in the preliminaries, 1:51.027 min in the semi-final, 1:48.103 min in the final to finish 6th overall.
Canoeing 1000 m Pairs
Richard Daltonand Michael Scarolaraced 3:31.123 min in the preliminaries 3:32.280 min in the semi-finals, and 3:45.638 min in the final to place 6th overall.
Canoeing 500 m Pairs
Attila Budayand Tamas Buday Jr.raced 1:40.488 min in the preliminaries and 1:41.210 min in the final to finish 8th overall.
Kayaking 1000 m
Adam van Koeverdenraced 3:24.984 min in the preliminaries, 3:27.502 min in the semi-final, and 3:28.218 min in the final to win the bronze medal.
Kayaking 500 m
Adam van Koeverdenraced 1:37.591 min in the preliminaries, 1:38.907 min in the semi-finals, and 1:37.919 min in the final to win the gold medal.
Kayaking 500 m pairs
Steven Jorensand Richard Doberraced 1:31.985 min in the preliminaries and 1:34.318 min in the semi-finals to place 13th overall.
Kayaking 1000 m fours
Steven Jorens, Richard Dober, Ryan Cuthbert, and Andrew Willowsraced 2:56.336 min in the preliminaries, 2:55.926 min in the semi-final, and 3:07.714 min in the final to finish 9th overall.
Michael Barryfinished 32nd in the Men's Road race.
Gordon Fraserdid not finish the Men's Road race.
Eric Wohlbergdid not finish the Men's Road race and finished 18th in the Time Trials.
Susan Palmer-Komarfinished 11th in the Women's Road race and 17th in the Time Trials.
Manon Jutrasfinished 30th in the Women's Road race.
Lyne Bessettedid not finish the Women's Road race and finished 16th in the Individual Time Trials.
Marie-Helene Premontwon the silver medal in the women's cross country mountain bike final.
Alison Sydorfinished fourth in the women's cross country mountain bike final.
Seamus McGrathfinished ninth.
Ryder Hesjedaldid not finish.
Blythe Hartleyand Émilie Heymansfinished 7th the women's synchronized 3 m Springboard final, and won a bronze medal in the women's synchronized 10 m platform final.
Philippe Comtoisand Alexandre Despatiefinished 5th in the men's synchronized 10 m platform final.
Émilie Heymansfinished 4th in the 10 m platform.
Myriam Boileaufinished 7th in the 10 m platform.
Alexandre Despatiegot the silver medal in the men's 3 m springboard after being the clear leader in the preliminary and final round.
Blythe Hartleystarted at 2nd place in the preliminary, dropped to 3rd after the semifinal, and finished at 5th place.
Émilie Heymansplaced 10th after a 7th-place preliminary round and 8th-place semifinal.
Philippe Comtoiswas 12th in the priliminaries and 13th in the semi-final. He did not advance.
Hawley Bennettfinished 47th at the Mixed Individual Eventing Dressage, 67th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Cross Country, 64th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Jumping Final.
*Michael Winter finished 51st at the Mixed Individual Eventing Dressage, 44th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Cross Country, 40th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Jumping Final.
Garry Roquefinished 52nd at the Mixed Individual Eventing Dressage, 59th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Cross Country, 55th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Jumping Final.
Bruce Mandevillefinished 60th at the Mixed Individual Eventing Dressage, 42nd in the Mixed Individual Eventing Cross Country, 41st in the Mixed Individual Eventing Jumping Final.
*Ian Roberts finished 68th at the Mixed Individual Eventing Dressage, 70th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Cross Country, 67th in the Mixed Individual Eventing Jumping Final.
*Bennett, Winter, Roque, Mandeville and Roberts finished 12th in the Mixed Team Eventing Dressage, 13th in the Mixed Team Eventing Cross Country, and 12th in the Mixed Team Eventing Jumping Final.
Women's épée individual:
Monique Kavelaars- defeated in round of 32
Sherraine Mackay- defeated in round of 32
Catherine Dunette- defeated in round of 64
Men's foil individual:
Joshua McGuire- defeated in round of 32
Men's sabre individual:
Michel Boulos- defeated in round of 32
Women's épée team:
* Monique Kavelaars, Sherraine Mackay, and
Julie Leprohon- 4th place
Prior to 2004, Canada had never won an Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics, and hopes for a first seemed to be dashed when the main medal threat, double World Championships bronze medalist
Kyle Shewfeltsuffered an ankle injury in March. By the Games, though, Shewfelt's injury had healed to the point where it did not adversely affect his performance.
* Kyle Shewfelt won a gold medal in the men's floor exercise final in a tiebreaker with
Marian Dragulescuof Romania, Canada's first gold medal of the Athens Games.
* Kyle Shewfelt also finished fourth in the men's vault final. Canada disputed the result.
Karen Cockburn, a Sydney bronze medallist, won the silver medal in the women's trampoline final.
Heather Ross-McManusqualified for the final and finished in 6th place.
Mathieu Turgeon, a Sydney bronze medallist, was eliminated in qualifying for the men's trampoline final, finishing in 11th place.
Men's 90 kg:
* Keith Morgan - defeated in quarterfinals; repechage round of 16
Men's 100 kg:
Nicolas Gill- defeated in round of 32
Women's 48 kg:
Carolyne Lepage- defeated in round of 16; repechage round of 16
Women's 63 kg:
Marie Helene Chisholm- defeated in quarterfinals; repechage semifinals
Women's 70 kg:
Catherine Roberge- defeated in quarterfinals; repechage round of 16
Women's 78 kg:
Amy Cotton- defeated in round of 16
Monica Pinette- 13th place
Kara Grant- 22nd place
Canada's most heralded team going into Athens was its rowers, and there was considerable hope for success by Canadians with expectations of three medals or more. While the Canadians did well, with a number of finals appearances, only one group won medals the men's fours of
Cam Baerg, Jake Wetzel, Tom Herschmillerand Barney Williamswon the silver medal in the men's four rowing final, losing to Great Britainby only 0.08 seconds.
Most disappointing was the men's eights who had been undefeated for two years before the Olympics, but to the surprise of many finished fifth in their event.
Controversy broke out over the rowing team of
Dave Calderand Chris Jarvis (rower)who were disqualified from the men's pairs semifinal race for entering another team's lane, and thus failed to qualify for the final. The COC appealed the decision, but it was upheld.
Women's Team Competition
The Canadian softball team finished the preliminary round with the same record as China, but had lost to China 4-2 in head-to-head play and therefore received 5th place and did not advance to the semifinals while China got 4th and moved on.
*Preliminary Round Robin:* Lost to Taipei (0:2):* Lost to Greece (0:2):* Lost to PR China (2:4):* Defeated Japan (1:0):* Lost to United States (0:7):* Lost to Australia (0:1):* Defeated Italy (1:0)
*Semifinals:* Did not advance (→ 5th place)
Erin White:* Lauren Bay:* Sheena Lawrick:* Rachel Schill:* Sasha Olson:* Cindy Eadie:* Kristy Odamura:* Angela Lichty:* Ani Nyhus:* Alison Bradley:* Erin Cumpstone:* Kim Sarrazin:* Auburn Sigurdson:* Kaila Holtz:* Jackie Lance
For the first time in decades Canada did not win a single medal in swimming. This led to calls for the resignation of coach Dave Johnson by a number of former swimmers, most notably Barcelona gold medallist
Mark Tewksbury. Swim Canada focuses on personal bests rather than medals, but even by that measure Canada fared poorly. This lack of medals also stood in sharp contrast to Canada's sibling dominion Australiawhich won many medals in swimming, as they did in Sydney. There were a few bright spots, including Rick Saymaking it to the finals of the 200 m freestyle, considered by many to be the premier event of the 2004 Olympics, and a number of Canadian recordswere set. Generally though, performances by the swim team were slower than the times they had swum at Canadian olympic trials 2 weeks before.
Canada has strong hopes for medals in
synchronized swimminghaving won medals in this event in every Olympic it has been included. Duet team Fanny Letourneauand Courtenay Stewartwere in 6th place in the preliminaries and moved on to the finals.
* Team Canada:
Erin Chan Jessica Chase Jessika Dubuc Marie Pierre Gagne Fanny Letourneau Shayna Nackoney Anouk Reniere Lafreniere Courtenay Stewart Nicole Cargill
Canada has a strong
triathlonprogram and is the home of the defending men's gold medallist Simon Whitfield, who won surprisingly in Sydney. The women's race was something of a disappointment as top ranked Canadian Jill Savege, who came out of the water in fifth place crashed in the bicycle stage and only finished 39th. The two other Canadian women did not fare much better. In the men's triathlon a day later Whitfield finished a respectable eleventh.
* Men's pool results
August 14: Mark Heeseand John Child were defeated by Patrick Heuscherand Stefan Kobelof Switzerland(28-26, 21-18).
August 16: Heese and Child defeated Dain Blantonand Jeff Nygaardof the United States of America(21-16, 21-10).
August 18: Heese and Child were defeated by Julien Prosserand Mark Williams of Australia(21-13, 15-21, 15-12).
August 21: Heese and Child defeated Mariano Baracettiand Martin Condeof Argentina(21-17, 21-17) in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.
August 22: Heese and Child were defeated by Javier Bosmaand Pablo Herrera of Spainin the quarterfinals.
* Women's pool results
Guylaine Dumontand Annie Martindefeated Nicole Schnyder-Benoitand Simone Kuhnof Switzerland(21-16, 21-13)
Holly McPeakand Elaine Youngsof the United States of Americadefeated Dumont and Martin (21-13, 12-21, 15-9)
**Dumont and Martin defeated
Kathrine Maaseideand Susanne Glesnesof Norway(21-19, 29-27)
**Dumont and Martin defeated
Dalixia Fernandezand Tamara Larreaof Cuba(21-18, 21-19) in the round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.
**Dumont and Martin were defeated by
Kerri Walshand Misty Mayof the United States(21-19, 21-14) in the quarterfinals.
Women's Team Competition
Canada's women's water polo team fared poorly, despite beating the number one ranked team from the
United Statesduring the round robin. Losing the other two games in the preliminary round put Canada in last place in the pool and eliminated the team from medal contention. They would end up finishing seventh.
*Preliminary Round (Group B):*Lost to Russia (6:8):*Defeated United States (6:5):*Lost to Hungary (4:5)
*Classification Match:*7th/8th place: Defeated Kazakhstan (10:4) → 7th place
Marie Luc Arpin:* Johanne Begin:* Cora Campbell:* Melissa Collins:* Andrea Dewar:* Valerie Dionne:* Ann Dow:* Susan Gardiner:* Marianne Illing:* Whynter Lamarre:* Rachel Riddell:* Christine Robinson:* Jana Salat
Tonya Verbeekwon the silver medal in women's freestyle wrestling, 55 kg class.
*President: Michael A. Chambers
*Secretary General: Christopher H. Rudge
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