<!-- commenting out image with no source/bad FairUse claim-->Canada
competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics
.The Canadian Olympic Committee
sent a team of over 200 athletes, the lowest since Canada boycotted the games in 1980
. This is a result of the COC changing its standards for qualifying, with the aim of sending fewer athletes but focusing its energy on those who have the best chance at winning medals. This somewhat controversial policy was pursued after a reduced medal showing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
Canada is not a power at the Summer Olympics
. Many Canadians turn to winter sports, and recently the country has performed relatively better at the Winter Olympics
. Canada's overall medal count has been dropping, along with the totals for most developed countries as the developing nations capture comparatively more medals. Most expected Canada to win a similar number of medals as they did in 2000
The flag bearer was Nicolas Gill
, a judoka
. A mild controversy developed after it was revealed that Gill had made comments in favour of Quebec separatism
, and had voted yes in the 1995 Quebec referendum
Canada finished in 21st position in the final medal rankings, with three gold medals and 12 medals overall.
The main network for Olympic coverage in Canada is the CBC
which covers events live, and then replays highlights in prime time. Both the French and English CBC are covering the CBC often showing different events, with......