Until today only 2 other countries had won 13 gold medals at the winter Olympics, the only other countries to win 13 gold in a Winter Olympic Games were the Soviet Union in 1976 (Innsbruck, Austria) and Norway in 2002 (Salt Lake City, Utah). Today, Canada became the third. If Canada beats the USA in ice hockey or another athlete from Canada wins a Gold Medal, a new winter Olympic record for Gold Medals will be set.  13 gold medals is also a new record for a host nation, This has Canada ahead of the previous record of 10 Gold Medals by a host nation that was held by the United States (2002 Salt Lake City, Utah)  and Norway (1994 Lillehammer).

These Vancouver Olympic Games that had a slow start for Canada, but it started to gain momentum in the second week of the game. Canada gained even more momentum on day 16, when it had its first three Gold Medal day in Canada’s Winter Games history.

The most dramatic was Jasey-Jay Anderson staged a dramatic comeback in the second leg of the Parallel Giant Slalom snowboarding event to win his first Olympic Gold Medal. Only minutes before his last run, the men’s long-track speed skating team of Lucas Makowsky, Denny Morrison, and Mathieu Giroux had just beaten the United States at the Richmond Oval.  Later on in the day Kevin Martin’s rink took on and eventually beat Norway 6 to 3 in the men’s curling final.

The predictions are varied for the final over all medal count for Canada. Many are predicting that Canada will end the games with 26 to 27 medals. Canada’s one bronze medal of the day in the four man bobsleigh event brought the total medal count to 25, this has helped to get Canada past its previous total medal win record of 24, set at the 2006 games in Turin Italy.

The most interesting fact that this blogger has learned about the medals that are being won at these games, is about the medals themselves. It seems that every medal awarded at the games is made from recycled e-waste. E-waste (short for electronic waste) is the medals that is taken out of old computers and electronics after they are no longer useful as electronics.

Telsec is committed to being not only a green friendly office space Toronto, but they also strongly believe in programs that will help re-use parts and materials that are a product of old computers. When Telsec has Toronto office space equipment that is no longer functioning or becomes obsolete, they do not sent their hardware to a landfill, but send it to companies who will recycle as much of that old equipment as possible. The companies, who recycle old computers, remove the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from those computers. When Telsec’s office space Toronto client’s watches the Olympic medal ceremonies, they can proudly wonder if any of their old computers are in those medals.