Which province brought home the most medals from Sochi?
By Greg J. Smith | Feb. 25, 2014
Are the sounds of goal sirens still ringing in your ears? You’re not alone.
Team Canada’s convincing 3-0 win over Sweden brought home yet another gold medal for the Great White North and wrapped up what was an amazing Winter Olympics for Canada. While Sochi may have been politically problematic, Canadian athletes were unfazed and fired on all cylinders, racking up a total of 25 medals in our second-best showing ever.
This week, in honour of the 220 competitors that represented our fair nation, we’ve decided to set up a little competition of our own: We’ve mapped the origins of Canada’s 2014 Olympians to see which provinces and cities produced more athletes and collected more medals. Think your province deserves the gold? Game on:
Ontario is home to the majority of Canadian athletes (58), followed by Alberta (39) and Quebec (37). While the Territories might feature an ideal climate for year-round training, they obviously lack the same sporting infrastructure. It’s not surprising that only five athletes from this region represented us in Sochi.
But were they all winners? Not so much. Calgary (16 athletes, 1 medal) and Edmonton (12 athletes, 3 medals) both produced a number of competitors across events. But in the east, Montreal reigns supreme with 15 athletes and an impressive 6 medals in everything from the high-flying, mogul-owning Dufour-Lapointe sisters to speedskaters like Marie-Eve Drolet. Southern Ontario has no such stronghold with a pretty even distribution of smaller communities (or parts of Toronto, like well-represented Scarborough) producing a few athletes each. To further drive home the point that it isn’t entirely a “big-city show,” some smaller Canadian cities, such as Regina (10 athletes, 3 medals), London (6 athletes, 3 medals) and Sault Ste. Marie (which yielded the bulk of the men’s curling team), can really hold their own when it comes to spawning and incubating talent.
This leaves us with one burning question: Which province produced the most medals? Well, dominating a new wave of “slopestyle,” freestyle ski and snowboard events, Quebecers were involved in 12 medals. Ontario had ties to 8 medals, and British Columbia achieved the same tally. Manitoba had very few athletes (7) at Sochi and -- curiously -- New Brunswick had none. Who knows, perhaps these provinces can help Canada “own the podium” in Pyeongchang in 2018.