07/24/2012 11:59 EDT | Updated 09/23/2012 05:12 EDT

Canada At The Olympics: CP Predicts 22 Medals For Team Canada


LONDON - The Canadian Olympic Committee and Own The Podium set a goal of a top-12 finish for Canada among the countries competing at the London Olympics.

Using the 2008 Beijing Games as a gauge, that's 24 medals, which would be the most for Canada at a non-boycotted Summer Olympics.

Canada's previous high was 22 in 1996. Canada tied for 14th in Beijing with 18 medals and was 19th at the 2004 Games in Athens with 12.

The Canadian Press makes its medal predictions for the Canada's 2012 team, with the forecast for some sports mirroring the stated goal of the national sport federation.

It may be a matter of under-promising to over-achieve, but The Canadian Press projects Canada will win 22 medals. Whether that's enough for top 12 depends on how many medals other countries win.

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Here is a look at where CP predicts Canada's medals will come from:


1 medal — Mary Spencer may have needed an assist from the IOC to get to London after losing her first bout at the world championships in May, but the three-time world champ can't be overlooked. The drama around Spencer, one of the faces of Canada's team, just keeps building.


1medal — Kayaker Adam van Koeverden has worked too hard on his 1,000 metres not to win a fourth career Olympic medal.


2 medals — Two is conservative. Canada is a solid contender on the road, track and trail. Mountain biker Catharine Pendrel is a favourite for gold.


2 medals — Jennifer Abel is a potential double medallist in women's individual springboard and synchro springboard with Emilie Heymans. Alex Despatie brings the experience of winning two Olympic medals in men's springboard, but he's coming off a head injury.


1 medal — Canada has built depth across dressage, eventing and show jumping since 2008, but the best bet for a medal is in team show jumping.


2 medals — Between them, Rosannagh MacLennan and three-time medallist Karen Cockburn should produce a medal in women's trampoline. If both can, bonus. Silver medallist Jason Burnett performs high-risk routines that can launch him onto the men's podium.


4 medals — Canadian rowers have a tradition of making the Olympic podium and they are expected to continue that trend in London. Both the men's and women's eight are considered medal contenders while Canada is also in the mix in the men's pair and the women's lightweight double.


3 medals — Distance freestyler Ryan Cochrane is chasing two medals. Julia Wilkinson, Martha McCabe, Brent Hayden and open-water swimmer Richard Weinberger are other podium possibilities.


1 medal — The duet team of Elise Marcotte and Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon were fourth in the world last year. They intend to debut a free program that will blow the judges' hair back and get them a medal.


1 medal — A silver medallist in Beijing, Karine Sergerie remains ranked No. 2 in the world in 67-kilogram class.


1 medal — Anything less than a medal from shot putter Dylan Armstrong is underachieving. Jessica Zelinka has an outside shot in heptathlon.


1 medal — The question is who can produce it? Paula Findlay was the woman to beat until she was injured a year ago. What she'll do in London is a mystery. Otherwise, it's up to veteran Simon Whitfield or Kyle Jones, who has begun to establish himself in the world's elite.


2 medals — Olympic champion Carol Huynh attempts to defend her 48-kilogram title, while Ms. Reliable Tonya Verbeek looks for a third Olympic medal. Martine Dugrenier and Leah Callahan are contenders too.

TOTAL: 22 medals

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