Hoser heroes: Canada's best on Day 4

Neate Sager
February 16, 2010

Each night, Fourth-Place Medal will pick a gold, silver, and bronze medalist from among Canada's competitors.

Canuck gold: Mike Robertson (silver, men's snowboardcross). The first-time Olympian had the gold in his hands. Then Seth Wescott pulled off what Sports Illustrated called an "outrageous" comeback, coming from almost 20 meters back and winning by less than a length of a snowboard.

The 24-year-old Robertson was coming in well under the radar, with minimal hype, which makes this feel different than Jennifer Heil's moguls silver on Saturday, the first full day of the Games. (Goes to show how much CTV's coverage is warping perceptions, I guess.) It's also the first medal for an athlete who lives in British Columbia, since the Alberta-born Robertson resides in Squamish.

Canuck silver: Erik Guay (fifth, alpine men's downhill). Funny how it worked out in the downhill and the men's 500-metre speed skating, where the highest-placing Canadian was the one who wasn't getting all the coverage. Guay gave Canada its highest finish in the downhill since Nagano, while Manuel Osborne-Paradis placed 17th.

Canuck bronze: Jamie Gregg (sixth, men's 500-metre speed skating): Waited out yet more problems with the ice resurfacing machine at the Richmond Oval to post a recent result, one spot ahead of, wait for it, hard-luck veteran Jeremy Wotherspoon.

Wotherspoon being hyped as a medal contender and then falling short has become like a recurring gag on an early 1990s sitcom. That's not a slam on him. It speaks more to questioning whether Canada's athletes truly to underperform or just get overrated by coaches and media.

There was some thought to giving hockey star Meghan Agosta this spot after her two-goal night in a 10-1 Canadian women's hockey win over Switzerland. Ultimately, it was a low-leverage situation. Agosta's eight career Olympic goals have come in three games against the Swiss, Slovakia and Russia. True story.