Take it from Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon: You don't have to be first. The famed astronaut, whom a generation mostly associates with saying, "Second comes right after first!" during a guest spot in "The Simpsons" episode "Deep Space Homer," lifted Canada at a corporate function Sunday in Vancouver.
"The media makes an awful big thing about how many gold medals do you win, who’s first," Aldrin said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
"That’s not the point."
The point for Olympic athletes should be about improving with each competition — and then motivating their teammates to reach new limits. ...
"Each mission has a part to play in adding to the capability of being able to land on the moon. Once you’ve demonstrated you can land on the moon, then you can begin to do more things having achieved that."
Strained analogies aside — comparing the Apollo 11 mission with a cross-country skier trying to move from top 10 to the top five, really? — Aldrin makes a good point.
Canada's showing has left some ruffled, like the bag of potato chips Homer sneaked aboard the space shuttle, but let's not lose sight of our virtues.
"I think history says that the Winter Olympics has not been too kind to the host team. But I’d say you’re doing well. If you judge by the spirit, you Canucks really outdo yourself."
Then again, Aldrin was second. Canadian athletes have been coming in fourth and fifth.