Don't even think of saying the Canadian Cowboys are all hat and no mettle.
It's a good line, but it's giving in to CTV-inflated expectations. Erik Guay's fifth-place finish in men's downhill Monday afternoon is a small beachhead for the long-beleaguered men's Alpine program. It's the team's best Olympic result since Ed Podivinsky finished fifth in Nagano in 1998.
The point is not to be a kneejerker like the CTV anchor who just called it "quite a disappointing day." It's like purgatory: not bad, but not good. Granted, the media don't do ambiguity.
Canada has had some World Cup victories, including two by Osborne-Paradis, who finished 17th on Monday after losing momentum. (At the second interval, he was dead even with eventual gold medalist Didier Defago.) It is very much a luck-of-the-draw event.
If anything, this is a semi-passionate plea for a little more logic, instead of the endless refrain of "Can he/she/they do it?" (True to form, CTV just aired a promo hyping Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison going for a medal in pairs figure skating. Would it be so hard to point out that a pair moves up from sixth to third almost never, or, better yet, focus on the real contenders?)
Getting back to the point: Fifth is decent, even it hurts that much-discussed conversion rate. At least Osborne-Paradis owned up to "mistakes" on his run. It's some limited progress.