The last time we'll have to do this, and three gold medals to choose from ... Fourth-Place Medal's gold, silver and bronze from among Canada's competitors.
Canuck gold: Denny Morrison, Mathieu Giroux and Lucas Makowsky (gold, men's speedskating team pursuit). The greatest Canuck power trio this side of Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson gets top billing since its win was something of an upset, and coach Marcel Lacroix's push technique might have revolutionized the event.
It was so simple -- tapping the leader in the rear end on straightaways to get him to maintain his speed -- it's a wonder it wasn't tried before. Lacroix had a quote suitable for framing: "On paper we're not the best team, but we're smarter and better."
Canuck silver: Jasey Jay Anderson (gold, men's parallel giant slalom). A similar story to Kevin Martin, the guy who'd won everything except an Olympic gold medal. Anderson gets the nod for the emotion he displayed afterward and the fact he came out of retirement to try and win.
Canuck bronze: Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert, Adam Enright (gold, men's curling). One more step for one of the best skips in the game's history, who avenged settling for silver in Salt Lake City.
Canuck copper: Lyndon Rush, Dave Bissett, Lascelles Brown, Chris Le Bihan (bronze, four-man bobsleigh). What, you didn't know there was such a thing for fourth place? There are some sporting precincts where the fourth-place finisher gets the copper medal. Ontario's high school sports federation, OFSAA, does it in basketball.
An exception should be made, then, for Rush's crew, which did win the country's first four-man medal since Innsbruck in 1964.
Medal count after Day 16:
Vancouver 2010: (13-7-5)
Turin 2006: 24 (7-10-7)