23 Feb 2010

Canada defends high Olympic expectations

6:53 pm on 23 February 2010

With just one week left at the Vancouver Olympics, team bosses have conceeded that Canada won't achieve their goal of topping the medal table, but still defend their controversial "Own the Podium" campaign.

Before the Winter Games started, Canada vowed to walk away with the most medals but they are currently fourth with 9 medals - well behind leaders the United States and Germany.

But the Canadian Olympic Committee chief executive Chris Rudge says while the team won't achieve their initial medal goal, the programme didn't put unrealistic expectations on the Canadian athletes.

Canada's chef de mission Nathalie Lambert says the athlete's personal and team goals have been no different to those of the Olympic Committee.