With an eye on the Olympics and our word of the week being measure, we thought it only fitting to count the top 3 gold metal wins of Peyongchang 2018 for Canadian Athletes so far. Olympic games themselves are a huge example of the importance of measurement. With medals often coming down to hundredths of a second or fractions of points between competitors, athletes are continually measuring their performance, working to gain every second or point possible and being ready to peak while at the Olympics. This year has been no exception. Here are our top 3 gold metal wins for Canadian Athletes so far.
Virtue and Moir – Free Dance Figure Skating
In chasing after their second gold medal of Peyongchang 2018 Virtue and Moir left no room for error. As the final skaters of the last practice round on the day of, Virtue and Moir used every second to practice their moves, having to be told their time was up before allowing themselves to stop. When it was time to compete it came down to Virtue and Moir and their French rivals Papadakis and Cizeron. Papadakis and Cizeron earned a world-record score of 123.35, breaking their own free dance mark. As the last pair to take the ice Virtue and Moir had to earn at least 3.29 points more than their career best of 118.33 to take gold. Leaving it all out on the ice the Canadian duo managed a career-best of 122.40, just 0.79 points ahead of Papadakis and Cizeron. Along with the gold metal finish Virtue and Moir also established a world-record total score of 206.07.
Kripps and Kopacz – 2-Man Bobsled
After their first three runs in 2-man bobsled Kripps and Kopacz held a lead of only six hundredths of a second over the top German team. Kripps and Kopacz needed the best take off and run of their career to manage a gold metal. After what Kripps described an almost optimal run at speeds of 135 km/h they ended with a cumulative four-heat time of 13 minutes 16.86 seconds, the exact same time as Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis. For the first time in 20 years Canada and Germany tied for gold in 2-man bobsled.
Cassie Sharpe – Woman’s Half Pipe
With a score of 95.80 Sharpe is the first Canadian woman to medal in the woman’s half pipe event since its inclusion in the Olympics in 2014. Only one day after finishing first in the qualifying round Cassie Sharpe started her first run down the halfpipe with a mute grab and a tight inverted 900 tail grab, surprisingly maintaining enough speed for a 900-lead tail barb earning her a 94.40. On her second run she added a half-rotation for a 1080 tail grab at the end in an effort top her first run score earning a 95.80. These scores alone were enough for a guaranteed gold after France’s Marie Martinod crashed during her final run.
The Final Bell
For Olympic athletes measure becomes a way of life. Constantly measuring personal performance as well as performance against competitors to gain that edge. The same is true in business. It is not enough to simply “do”. Without measuring results against industry benchmarks and previous results you are not able to identify opportunities and strategies for growth. This is why measurement needs to be at the core of any business methodology and why the TACK10 WordOfTheWeek is “Measure”.