Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics
|Canada at the
2006 Winter Olympics
|NOC||Canadian Olympic Committee|
|Competitors||196 in 15 sports|
|Flag bearer||Danielle Goyette (opening)
Cindy Klassen (closing)
|Winter Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
|1906 Intercalated Games|
As host of the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada was pressured to do well at the 2006 Games. The Canadian Olympic Committee's goal for 2006 was to have a top three finish in the medal count or 25 total medals, as a start to reach their goal of having the highest medal count at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada had managed to increase its medal count at each Winter Olympics since the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, United States. World Cup results from the 2005–06 season seemed to indicate that Canada would have a good performance in Turin, Italy. Canada met one of those goals and nearly met the other by finishing third behind the United States and Germany with 24 medals. The Games were also the first litmus test for the increased athletic funding and resources pursued by the Own the Podium 2010 program.
Another task for the Canadian contingent was to promote the 2010 Games, Vancouver and surrounding region, the province of British Columbia, as well as Canada as a nation. This was evident in the Canadian participation in the closing ceremonies of the Games and the establishment of the Canada House in Turin. The Games also provided opportunities for organizing committees to gather experience and strategies to run the Games in Vancouver.
- 1 Medalists
- 2 Alpine skiing
- 3 Biathlon
- 4 Bobsleigh
- 5 Cross-country skiing
- 6 Curling
- 7 Figure skating
- 8 Freestyle skiing
- 9 Ice hockey
- 10 Luge
- 11 Nordic combined
- 12 Short track speed skating
- 13 Skeleton
- 14 Ski jumping
- 15 Snowboarding
- 16 Speed skating
- 17 Flag bearer
- 18 Other participation
- 19 Notes
- 20 Official outfitter
- 21 References
- 22 External links
Canada's total medal count of 24 was the highest ever won by the nation in any Winter Olympics, and was the second highest total for the country at any Olympic games (summer or winter), exceeded only by the 44 medals won at the 1984 Summer Olympics which were boycotted by the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries. Not only did Canada increase its total medal count from the previous Winter Games for the 7th straight time (since 1980), but the total medal count was also the "best ever" for Canada for the 5th straight time (since 1992).
Canada won at least one medal in 10 of the 15 sport disciplines competed at the games, and gold medals in 6 different disciplines; both feats were unmatched by any other nation. Canada also had the most 4th and 5th-place finishes (14 and 9 respectively) of any country in these games. These results support the effectiveness of the Own the Podium 2010 program.
Cindy Klassen bested the total Olympic medals collected in a single Games by a Canadian, with 5, and bested the total Olympic medal count of any Canadian (Winter and Summer) with 6. The previous record of 3 medals at a single Olympics was held by Gaetan Boucher for the 1984 Winter Olympics and Marc Gagnon at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, Clara Hughes tied the old mark of 5 career Olympic medals, held by Marc Gagnon and Phil Edwards. Sixteen of the 24 medals were won by female athletes. At age 50, Russ Howard became the oldest Canadian gold medalist in Olympic history.
|Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Total||Rank|
|Patrick Biggs||Slalom||54.38||Did not finish|
|Thomas Grandi||Giant slalom||1:17.23||1:19.65||n/a||2:36.88||10|
|Combined||1:39.69||50.11||Did not start|
|Jean-Philippe Roy||Giant slalom||1:17.36||Did not finish|
|Slalom||Did not finish|
|Ryan Semple||Giant slalom||Did not finish|
|Combined||1:41.65||Did not finish|
|Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Total||Rank|
|Brigitte Acton||Giant slalom||1:02.07||1:09.64||n/a||2:11.71||11|
|Christina Lustenberger||Giant slalom||Did not finish|
|Combined||Did not finish|
Note: In the men's combined, run 1 is the downhill, and runs 2 and 3 are the slalom. In the women's combined, run 1 and 2 are the slalom, and run 3 the downhill.
|Martine Albert||Women's sprint||27:04.4||2||73|
|Robin Clegg||Men's sprint||29:12.4||3||51|
|Sandra Keith||Women's sprint||26:20.7||3||66|
|Zina Kocher||Women's sprint||26:11.1||4||62|
|Jean-Philippe Leguellec||Men's sprint||29:32.3||2||60|
|David Leoni||Men's sprint||28:50.4||1||42|
|Marie-Pierre Parent||Women's sprint||27:31.1||2||76|
|Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total||Rank|
|Amanda Ammar||Women's 10 km classical||31:51.7||54|
|Chandra Crawford||Women's 15 km pursuit||50:35.4||60|
|Drew Goldsack||Men's 15 km classical||42:09.3||53|
|Men's 30 km pursuit||1:24:14.3||56|
|George Grey||Men's 15 km classical||40:43.9||31|
|Men's 30 km pursuit||1:19:08.9||25|
|Men's 50 km freestyle||2:09:38.4||44|
|Chris Jeffries||Men's 30 km pursuit||1:26:17.0||61|
|Men's 50 km freestyle||2:13:49.5||58|
|Devon Kershaw||Men's 15 km classical||41:42.7||47|
|Sara Renner||Women's 10 km classical||28:33.0||8|
|Women's 15 km pursuit||44:30.9||16|
|Dan Roycroft||Men's 15 km classical||42:39.7||58|
|Men's 30 km pursuit||1:20:53.3||39|
|Men's 50 km freestyle||2:13:47.5||57|
|Beckie Scott||Women's 10 km classical||Disqualified|
|Women's 15 km pursuit||43:20.6||6|
|Milaine Theriault||Women's 10 km classical||31:30.4||46|
|Women's 15 km pursuit||48:38.9||54|
|Women's 30 km freestyle||Did not start|
|Men's 4 x 10 km relay||1:48:15.9||11|
|Women's 4 x 5 km relay||56:49.8||10|
|Amanda Ammar||Women's sprint||2:22.78||49||Did not advance||49|
|Chandra Crawford||Women's sprint||2:51.06||8 Q||2:14.2||1 Q||2:13.4||1 Q||2:12.3|
|Sean Crooks||Men's sprint||2:20.70||32||Did not advance||32|
|Drew Goldsack||Men's sprint||2:20.62||31||Did not advance||31|
|Devon Kershaw||Men's sprint||2:21.49||37||Did not advance||37|
|Sara Renner||Women's sprint||2:15.37||9 Q||2:15.6||4||Did not advance||16|
|Beckie Scott||Women's sprint||2:12.45||1 Q||2:16.6||1 Q||2:15.8||2 Q||2:14.7||4|
|Phil Widmer||Men's sprint||2:23.79||47||Did not advance||47|
|Men's team sprint||n/a||17:31.2||6||Did not advance||11|
|Women's team sprint||n/a||17:19.3||2 Q||16:37.5|
The Canadian foursome won the country's first Olympic medal in men's curling, and became the first Winter Olympic gold medal winners from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Russ Howard was designated the skip by World Curling Federation rules, but Gushue threw last stones, and was considered to be the team leader.
- Draw 2
|Great Britain (Murdoch)||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||2||0||x||-||5|
|New Zealand (Becker)||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||x||x||x||-||1|
|United States (Fenson)||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||-||3|
|3||United States||Pete Fenson||6||3|
|4||Great Britain||David Murdoch||6||3|
|10||New Zealand||Sean Becker||0||9|
|United States (Fenson)||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||2||0||x||-||5|
Shannon Kleibrink's rink finished third in the round-robin at the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, then won the semifinal over Stefanie Lawton and the final over Kelly Scott to secure the Olympic berth.
- Draw 1
|United States (Johnson)||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||0||x||x||-||5|
|Great Britain (Martin)||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||x||-||3|
|5||Great Britain||Rhona Martin||5||4|
|9||United States||Cassandra Johnson||2||7|
Key: The hammer indicates which team had the last stone in the first end.
|Jeffrey Buttle||Men's||n/a||73.29||6 Q||154.30||2||227.59|
|Mira Leung||Ladies'||n/a||50.61||14 Q||94.55||12||145.16||12|
|Joannie Rochette||Ladies'||n/a||55.85||9 Q||111.42||5||167.27||5|
|Emanuel Sandhu||Men's||n/a||69.75||7 Q||120.49||14||190.24||13|
|Shawn Sawyer||Men's||n/a||67.20||12 Q||123.63||12||190.24||12|
Key: CD = Compulsory Dance, FD = Free Dance, FS = Free Skate, OD = Original Dance, SP = Short Program
Jennifer Heil became the first Canadian woman to ever win gold in freestyle skiing after winning for women's moguls. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, she finished fourth and ended up a hundredth of a point off the podium.
Dale Begg-Smith, who won gold in men's moguls for Australia, was born in Canada and holds dual citizenship. He originally started skiing in Canada but found Canada's training program too restrictive. He moved to Australia to have more time to work on his business interests. Ironically, his win bumped Marc-André Moreau down to 4th place and off of the podium.
|Jeff Bean||Men's aerials||198.49||19||Did not advance||19|
|Alexandre Bilodeau||Men's moguls||23.75||11 Q||23.42||11|
|Marc-André Moreau||Men's moguls||24.69||3 Q||25.62||4|
|Kyle Nissen||Men's aerials||231.64||7 Q||244.91||5|
|Steve Omischl||Men's aerials||198.23||20||Did not advance||20|
|Warren Shouldice||Men's aerials||243.45||3 Q||239.70||6|
|Chris Wong||Men's moguls||23.89||9 Q||22.88||14|
|Veronika Bauer||Women's aerials||176.66||5 Q||125.65||12|
|Deidra Dionne||Women's aerials||128.30||22||Did not advance||22|
|Jennifer Heil||Women's moguls||26.67||1 Q||26.50|
|Amber Peterson||Women's aerials||153.07||15||Did not advance||15|
|Kristi Richards||Women's moguls||23.76||8 Q||23.30||7|
|Audrey Robichaud||Women's moguls||22.73||12 Q||23.10||8|
|Stéphanie St-Pierre||Women's moguls||22.15||17 Q||22.52||12|
Hockey, like the previous two Olympics, attracted significant attention from Canadian fans. Many consider the Canadian men's team's performance in Turin as the most disappointing in years. In the last four games of the tournament, Canada failed to score in 11 of 12 periods, losing with the same score (2–0) against Switzerland, Finland, and in the quarterfinals against Russia. Hockey commentators, including Kelly Hrudey, commented that Canada did not play well as a team. The match against the Czech Republic was believed to be a better performance by the hockey team but the team lost to Russia two days after.
The quarterfinal game against Russia was watched on television screens across the nation in the afternoon Canadian time. The intensity of the game increased as the scoreless tie extended into the third period.
However, in the women's hockey discipline, Team Canada dominated the field with numerous wins leading up to their gold medal winning game.
|30||G||Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||6 May 1972||Montreal, QC||New Jersey Devils (NHL)|
|1||G||Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||4 April 1979||Montreal, QC||Florida Panthers (NHL)|
|35||G||Turco, MartyMarty Turco||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)||83 kg (183 lb)||13 August 1975||Sault Ste. Marie, ON||Dallas Stars (NHL)|
|4||D||Blake, RobRob Blake – A||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)||102 kg (225 lb)||10 December 1969||Simcoe, ON||Colorado Avalanche (NHL)|
|3||D||Bouwmeester, JayJay Bouwmeester||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||27 September 1983||Edmonton, AB||Florida Panthers (NHL)|
|52||D||Foote, AdamAdam Foote||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)||98 kg (216 lb)||10 July 1971||Toronto, ON||Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)|
|24||D||McCabe, BryanBryan McCabe||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)||100 kg (220 lb)||8 June 1975||St. Catharines, ON||Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)|
|44||D||Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger – A||198 cm (6 ft 6 in)||100 kg (220 lb)||10 October 1974||Dryden, ON||Edmonton Oilers (NHL)|
|6||D||Redden, WadeWade Redden||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||12 June 1977||Lloydminster, SK||Ottawa Senators (NHL)|
|28||D||Regehr, RobynRobyn Regehr||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)||102 kg (225 lb)||19 April 1980||Recife, Brazil||Calgary Flames (NHL)|
|14||F||Bertuzzi, ToddTodd Bertuzzi||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)||111 kg (245 lb)||2 February 1975||Sudbury, ON||Vancouver Canucks (NHL)|
|9||F||Doan, ShaneShane Doan||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)||98 kg (216 lb)||10 October 1976||Halkirk, AB||Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)|
|33||F||Draper, KrisKris Draper||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)||86 kg (190 lb)||24 May 1971||Toronto, ON||Detroit Red Wings (NHL)|
|21||F||Gagne, SimonSimon Gagné – A||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||29 February 1980||Sainte-Foy, QC||Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)|
|15||F||Heatley, DanyDany Heatley||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)||98 kg (216 lb)||21 January 1981||Freiburg, West Germany||Ottawa Senators (NHL)|
|12||F||Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla – A||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)||95 kg (209 lb)||1 July 1977||Edmonton, AB||Calgary Flames (NHL)|
|40||F||Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||21 April 1980||L'Île-Bizard, QC||Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)|
|61||F||Nash, RickRick Nash||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)||93 kg (205 lb)||16 June 1984||Brampton, ON||Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)|
|39||F||Richards, BradBrad Richards||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)||90 kg (200 lb)||2 May 1980||Murray Harbour, PE||Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)|
|91||F||Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic – C||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)||88 kg (194 lb)||7 July 1969||Burnaby, BC||Colorado Avalanche (NHL)|
|94||F||Smyth, RyanRyan Smyth||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)||86 kg (190 lb)||21 February 1976||Banff, AB||Edmonton Oilers (NHL)|
|26||F||St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)||84 kg (185 lb)||18 June 1975||Laval, QC||Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)|
|97||F||Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)||102 kg (225 lb)||2 July 1979||London, ON||San Jose Sharks (NHL)|
Defencement Scott Niedermayer and Ed Jovanovski were originally selected, but due to injuries were replaced by Jay Bouwmeester and Bryan McCabe, respectively. Dan Boyle took McCabe's previous spot as a reserve. Defenceman Dan Boyle and forwards Jason Spezza and Eric Staal were selected as "reserves" in case of injury before the tournament began.
|15 February 2006
|Italy||2 – 7
(0–1, 2–5, 0–1)
|Jason Muzzatti||Goalies||Martin Brodeur||Referee:
|20 min||Penalties||12 min|
|16 February 2006
|Canada||5 – 1
(3–0, 1–1, 1–0)
|Roberto Luongo||Goalies||Thomas Greiss||Referee:
|24 min||Penalties||18 min|
|18 February 2006
|Canada||0 – 2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
|Martin Brodeur||Goalies||Martin Gerber||Referee:
|34 min||Penalties||42 min|
|19 February 2006
|Finland||2 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
|Antero Niittymäki||Goalies||Roberto Luongo||Referee:
|6 min||Penalties||12 min|
|21 February 2006
|Canada||3 – 2
(3–0, 0–1, 0–1)
|Czech Republic||Palasport Olimpico
|Martin Brodeur||Goalies||Tomáš Vokoun (out 20:00)
Milan Hnilička (in 20:00)
|8 min||Penalties||4 min|
- Medal round
|22 February 2006
|Russia||2 – 0
(0-0, 0-0, 2-0)
|Evgeni Nabokov||Goalies||Martin Brodeur||Referee:
|18 min||Penalties||41 min|
|11 February 2006
|Canada||16 – 0
(5–0, 4–0, 7–0)
|Kim St. Pierre||Goalies||Debora Montanari (out 40:00)
Luana Frasnelli (in 40:00)
|8 min||Penalties||10 min|
|12 February 2006
|Russia||0 – 12
(0–7, 0–2, 0–3)
|Irina Gashennikova (out 16:25)
Aleksandrova Nadezhda (in 16:25)
|28 min||Penalties||14 min|
|14 February 2006
|Canada||8 – 1
(2–0, 5–1, 1–0)
|Kim St. Pierre||Goalies||Cecilia Andersson||Referee:
|14 min||Penalties||16 min|
- Medal round
|17 February 2006
|Canada||6 – 0
(2–0, 2–0, 2–0)
|Charline Labonté||Goalies||Maija Hassinen (22:59 out)
Noora Räty (22:59 in)
|12 min||Penalties||22 min|
|20 February 2006
|Sweden||1 – 4
(0–2, 0–2, 1–0)
|Kim Martin||Goalies||Charline Labonté||Referee:
|6 min||Penalties||12 min|
|Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Total||Rank|
|Jeff Christie||Men's singles||52.382||52.027||52.013||51.939||3:28.361||14|
|Ian Cockerline||Men's singles||52.290||52.107||52.255||Did not finish|
|Samuel Edney||Men's singles||52.663||52.523||52.360||52.311||3:29.857||19|
|Alex Gough||Women's singles||48.286||49.902||47.922||48.045||3:14.155||20|
|Regan Lauscher||Women's singles||47.584||47.418||47.320||47.321||3:09.643||10|
|Meaghan Simister||Women's singles||48.185||48.682||Did not finish|
Note: 'Deficit' refers to the amount of time behind the leader a competitor began the cross-country portion of the event. Italicized numbers show the final deficit from the winner's finishing time.
Short track speed skating
|Éric Bédard||500 m||42.480||1 Q||42.267||1 Q||41.950||2 Q||42.093||4|
|1000 m||1:28.274||1 Q||1:27.546||2 Q||Disqualified|
|Charles Hamelin||1500 m||2:19.469||1 Q||n/a||2:20.854||1 Q||2:26.375||4|
|François-Louis Tremblay||500 m||42.779||2 Q||42.110||2 Q||42.261||1 Q||42.002|
|1000 m||1:28.925||1 Q||Disqualified|
|Mathieu Turcotte||1500 m||2:23.402||1 Q||n/a||2:18.280||3||Final B
|5000 m relay||n/a||6:57.004||1||6:43.707|
|Alanna Kraus||500 m||45.688||1 Q||45.172||3||Did not advance||9|
|Anouk Leblanc-Boucher||500 m||45.929||1 Q||44.821||2 Q||45.234||2 Q||44.759|
|1500 m||2:28.001||4||Did not advance||16|
|Amanda Overland||1000 m||1:33.761||1 Q||1:33.012||2 Q||1:33.102||3||Final B
|1500 m||2:27.666||2 Q||n/a||2:22.946||2 Q||2:26.495||5|
|Kalyna Roberge||500 m||45.396||1 Q||45.710||2 Q||44.960||3||Final B
|Tania Vicent||1000 m||1:33.904||1 Q||1:35.594||3 ADV||1:32.650||3||Final B
|3000 m relay||n/a||4:17.231||2 Q||4:17.336|
Key: 'ADV' indicates a skater was advanced due to being interfered with.
Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards won a bronze medal in Skeleton, thus becoming the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the event. A day later, Duff Gibson became the first Canadian to win a gold medal in the event after taking the men's gold. Fellow Canadian Jeff Pain won the silver medal, and there were chances of a bronze as well; however, their teammate placed fourth.
Gibson, 39, became the oldest competitor to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympics history, surpassing Al MacInnis as the oldest Canadian to win a gold medal. MacInnis won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics on the Canadian men's hockey team.
|Run 1||Run 2||Total||Rank|
|Gregory Baxter||Normal hill||100.0||41||Did not advance||41|
|Large hill||58.5||24||Did not advance||41|
|Graeme Gorham||Normal hill||97.5||42||Did not advance||42|
|Large hill||69.4||35 Q||61.1||50||Did not advance||50|
|Michael Nell||Normal hill||83.5||50||Did not advance||50|
|Large hill||48.0||49||Did not advance||49|
|Stefan Read||Normal hill||114.5||21 Q||105.0||42||Did not advance||42|
|Large hill||88.5||19 Q||98.8||26 Q||89.4||188.2||30|
|Team||276.8||15||Did not advance||15|
Note: PQ indicates a skier was pre-qualified for the final, based on entry rankings.
|Athlete||Event||Qualifying run 1||Qualifying run 2||Final|
|Points||Rank||Points||Rank||Run 1||Run 2||Rank|
|Sarah Conrad||Women's halfpipe||19.4||20||33.5||9||Did not advance||15|
|Justin Lamoureux||Men's halfpipe||10.1||41||31.5||15||Did not advance||21|
|Crispin Lipscomb||Men's halfpipe||19.6||30||37.9||6 Q||(23.4)||33.5||11|
|Brad Martin||Men's halfpipe||27.2||21||34.7||10||Did not advance||16|
|Hugo Lemay||Men's halfpipe||26.0||24||34.1||12||Did not advance||18|
|Mercedes Nicoll||Women's halfpipe||33.0||9||17.5||21||Did not advance||27|
|Maëlle Ricker||Women's halfpipe||25.9||16||23.2||23||Did not advance||29|
|Dominique Vallee||Women's halfpipe||31.5||12||24.5||15||Did not advance||21|
Note: In the final, the single best score from two runs is used to determine the ranking. A bracketed score indicates a run that wasn't counted.
- Parallel GS
|Athlete||Event||Qualification||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Finals|
|Jasey-Jay Anderson||Men's parallel giant slalom||1:12.75||20||Did not advance||20|
|Philippe Berubé||Men's parallel giant slalom||1:30.03||29||Did not advance||29|
|Alexa Loo||Women's parallel giant slalom||1:23.51||20||Did not advance||20|
Key: '+ Time' represents a deficit; the brackets indicate the results of each run.
- Snowboard cross
|Jasey-Jay Anderson||Men's snowboard cross||1:22.27||20 Q||1 Q||1 Q||4||Small final
|Francois Boivin||Men's snowboard cross||1:23.17||30 Q||2 Q||3||Did not advance||Classification 9–12
|Dominique Maltais||Women's snowboard cross||1:29.33||2 Q||n/a||1 Q||2 Q||3|
|Drew Neilson||Men's snowboard cross||1:19:93||1 Q||3||Did not advance||17|
|Maëlle Ricker||Women's snowboard cross||1:27.85||1 Q||n/a||1 Q||1 Q||4||4|
|Erin Simmons||Women's snowboard cross||1:32.74||17||Did not advance||17|
|Dominique Vallee||Women's snowboard cross||1:33.57||19||Did not advance||19|
|Tom Velisek||Men's snowboard cross||1:22.12||18 Q||3||Did not advance||23|
Canada became the first country to set a new record at the 2006 Winter Olympics when both its men's and women's teams set an Olympic record in the qualifying round of the team pursuit.
Cindy Klassen set or tied several medal records. She became the first Canadian to win five medals in one Olympics, winning a gold (1500 m), two silver medals (team pursuit, 1000 m) and two bronze medals (3000 m, 5000 m). Her bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics gives her a total of six medals and the title of the most decorated Canadian Olympian, winter or summer. Tied at five medals for Canada are short track speed skater Marc Gagnon, track athlete Dr. Phil Edwards, and speed skater Clara Hughes, who won her fourth and fifth medal at the 2006 Olympics. In addition to the Canadian medal records, Klassen also tied Eric Heiden to win the most medals by a speed skater at a single Olympics.
|Arne Dankers||1500 m||n/a||1:48.42||17|
|Steven Elm||1000 m||n/a||1:11.36||29|
|Michael Ireland||500 m||35.59||35.29||1:10.88||7|
|Vincent Labrie||500 m||36.31||36.12||1:12.43||29|
|Brock Miron||500 m||36.42||36.12||1:12.54||30|
|Denny Morrison||1000 m||n/a||1:10.44||19|
|François-Olivier Roberge||1000 m||n/a||1:10.20||16|
|Justin Warsylewicz||1500 m||n/a||1:49.77||27|
|Jeremy Wotherspoon||500 m||35.37||35.68||1:11.05||9|
|Kristina Groves||1000 m||n/a||1:16.54||5|
|Clara Hughes||3000 m||n/a||4:09.17||9|
|Cindy Klassen||1000 m||n/a||1:16.09|
|Krisy Myers||500 m||39.83||39.60||1:19.43||22|
|Christine Nesbitt||1000 m||n/a||1:17.54||14|
|Shannon Rempel||500 m||39.42||39.43||1:18.85||16|
|Kerry Simpson||500 m||39.69||39.65||1:19.34||21|
|Kim Weger||500 m||40.01||39.98||1:19.99||26|
- Team pursuit
|Men's team pursuit||3:47.37||1 OR|| Japan (8)
| Norway (4)
| Italy (2)
|Women's team pursuit||3:06.45||3|| United States (6)
| Japan (7)
| Germany (2)
Women's ice hockey player Danielle Goyette carried the flag for Canada in the opening ceremony. Cross-country skier Beckie Scott, bobsledder Pierre Lueders, long-track speedskaters Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes all said that they would not submit their names to carry the flag.
Scott, Klassen and Hughes all had events within two days of the opening ceremonies and believed that not participating in the opening ceremonies would give them a better chance at a finishing well in their events. Lueders turned down the chance because at the time it appeared that his bobsleigh partner, Lascelles Brown, would not be granted Canadian citizenship. Afterwards, Lueders said he would carry the flag but said that Brown would be a much better choice.
Some criticized these choices, including hockey analyst Don Cherry, who called the athletes unpatriotic and said that other athletes would have loved to have had the opportunity. Others, including past flag bearer Catriona Le May Doan spoke in favour of their decisions, saying that the opening ceremonies were a long process and took a lot of energy. She criticized Don Cherry, saying that many athletes in the past had turned down the flag-bearing opportunity at the opening ceremonies in order to focus on their competition, and that Don Cherry, having never participated in international athletic competition, does not have the right to be critical of Olympic athletes.
After winning five medals (more than any other Canadian at a Winter Games), Cindy Klassen accepted the selection as the flag bearer for the closing ceremonies.
As the host nation of the next Winter Games, Canada's role was to promote the 2010 Winter Olympics, its host city, its host province, and the country over the duration of these Games. Canada House was a log cabin constructed with Canadian pine wood and it was one of 12 nation's houses established in Turin. The pavilion opened its doors to the public on January 23, 2006, at piazza Valdo Fusi, in the city centre and would remain open until March 20 at the conclusion of the Paralympic Winter Games. Aside from showcasing Canadian culture, the building would host meetings for companies from British Columbia and Italy who would be interested to develop business partnerships. The building would be donated to the city of Turin and would be transferred to a new city park after the Games.
During the closing ceremonies of these Games, there was a brief segment in which Canada delivered a preview of the 2010 Games. This included a choreographed program featuring Avril Lavigne, raising of the Canadian flag, and singing of O Canada by opera star Ben Heppner, himself a B.C. native. The handover of the Games was highlighted by Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, a quadriplegic, accepting and waving the Olympic flag. Aside from the flag handed from the mayor of Turin Sergio Chiamparino, the City of Vancouver is now the custodian of the actual Olympic flag lowered at Stadio Olimpico during the closing ceremonies.
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell, himself a Vancouver native, and Governor General Michaëlle Jean attended the Games' competitions and closing ceremonies. They also availed themselves to the news media, sharing their thoughts about British Columbia and Canada welcoming the world in 2010. The federal government was represented by the attendance of Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay at the closing ceremonies.
A number of Canadian citizens with dual citizenship have competed for other countries and served as their respective flag bearers:
- Dale Begg-Smith carried the flag of Australia during the closing ceremonies
- Tuğba Karademir carried the flag of Turkey during the opening ceremonies
- Mathieu Razanakolona carried the flag of Madagascar during the opening and closing ceremonies as the sole competitor of the country
- 2006 was the first year since 1988 that Canada had athletes competing in Nordic combined and the first since 1992 that Canada had athletes in ski jumping.
- While skiing in the final of the women's team sprint in cross-country skiing, Sara Renner broke her ski pole. Fortunately, a coach immediately handed her a new pole. It was later revealed that the coach was not from Canada, but from Norway. Sara Renner and her partner Beckie Scott went on to win a silver medal in the event. Ironically, the Norwegian team finished fourth, so people conclude that if not for the coach then perhaps it would have been Norway that won a medal and not Canada.
- Lascelles Brown, who previously competed for Jamaica, competed for Canada in bobsleigh. He would go on to win a silver medal in two-man bobsleigh with partner Pierre Lueders.
HBC became the official outfitter of clothing for members of the Canadian Olympic team and replacing Roots Canada. The same clothing was also sold at HBC stores in Canada. HBC had been the official outfitters for Canada's Winter teams in 1936, 1960, 1964 and 1968.
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