It’s mourning time in Canada.
Yes, it’s true. After its men’s hockey team lost to Germany in the semifinals, the friendly nation will exit the PyeongChang games after disappointing in the two sports it’s known for: hockey and curling.
It’s mixed doubles team won gold, but both the Canadian men and women failed to medal in curling. The women’s hockey team lost to the U.S. in a brilliant gold medal game for the ages, but the men will go home, at best, with bronze.
Germany is Canada now. Congratulations to Germany— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 23, 2018
This is like the United States losing in basketball or a Steven Spielberg historical drama getting shut out at the Academy Awards. It’s like the Golden State Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA . . . Oh, wait. Never mind.
Perhaps this is some sort of bizarro-world situation. If so, it seems to be impacting all of Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, normally a media darling, was recently caught up in a political scandal for going a bit overboard with the traditional outfits on a recent state visit to India (yes, in Canada this counts as a political scandal).
Trinidad and Tobago should enter a maple syrup-making contest. Let’s get a delegation from Staten Island in a “Miss Manners” class. Canada, I challenge you to a poutine-off.
The Canadians aren’t used to any of this. With their gold in mixed doubles, Canada had medaled in 11 out of 11 Olympic curling events since the sport was officially added to the Games in 1998. Canada’s men’s and women’s hockey teams have brought home matching sets of gold medals in each of the past two Olympics. Yes, it’s different this year on the men’s side without NHL players, but the best Canada’s teams can do now is silver and bronze.
Losing to the United States in women’s hockey and men’s curling on the same day was particularly tough to swallow.
Team USA just beat Canada in medal hockey and curling events in the last six hours. Guess what. Shania Twain is American now. Those are the rules.— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) February 22, 2018
USA v Canada in Women's Hockey. USA v Canada in men's curling. Fully expect results to go well, but if not a reminder: Dunkin > Tim Horton's.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) February 22, 2018
I?d feel bad about the US beating Canada at hockey and curling but that would be polite and empathetic. We have to leave them better at us at some things.— Tom Merritt (@acedtect) February 23, 2018
Overall, Canada is having a great Olympics. With 27 medals and counting, this is the most successful Winter Olympics in Canadian history. But it doesn’t feel that way with so much disappointment in the sports where there is usually the most success.
Also, someone please check and make sure Drake is OK.
We live in a world where the USA beats Canada in women's hockey and men's curling, where the Stanley Cup has been in residence in the US for so long it can legally drink there now, but Toronto leads the NBA's Eastern Conference.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 22, 2018