Let the mind games begin.
Suffice to say, a little added pressure on the home team is part of the host broadcaster's mandate for these Olympics. No one's judging. That's just how it's going to be, for the next 2½ weeks. You really needed to see it to believe CTV's coverage on Monday about who might be the first Canadian to win a gold medal on home soil. There were promos in prime time teeing up Saturday, focusing on Jennifer Heil in women's moguls, Charles Hamelin in short-track speed skating and Manuel Osborne-Paradis in the men's downhill. The second item on the CTV National News was essentially an extended treatment of the same theme (it would be too obvious to put it first).
Look at this way: the CTV Olympic Consortium didn't pay to air a 17-day sports version of Lowered Expectations. (Some would say that is the CBC's job, starting in Sochi in 2014.) So, who is it going to be?
Osborne-Paradis is the AP's pick to win the men's downhill, which begins around 2:45 p.m. EST. If it'sRead More »from Canada expecting a gold Saturday