Posted: Feb 23, 2010 2:21 AM
Updated: Feb 23, 2010 2:21 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Losing a hockey game to the United States was embarrassing enough. Now Canada is raising the white flag - giving up on its brash goal of winning the most medals at the Vancouver Games.
The U.S. remains on course for a historic medal haul, with a chance to take home the most hardware at the Winter Games in almost 80 years.
But Canada's Own the Podium program is in tatters.
With one medal event left on the 10th day of competition Monday, the U.S. led the overall medal count with 24 - three more than Germany. The U.S. and Germany were tied for the most golds, seven each.
Canada had just four golds and nine medals overall. That's disappointing for a country that spent $117 million over five years to give extra support to contending athletes in hopes they would dominate the medals stand.
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