With Wednesday marking 100 days out from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Canadians' attempts to protect their home-turf advantage as they try to top the medal chart are ruffling Olympic officials internationally.
U.S. officials and athletes have alleged for months that Canada is limiting access to training at the 2010 venues more than the USA did before the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.
"It's less," said Mike English, the U.S. Olympic Committee's chief of sport performance. "I don't have a number. We haven't tracked that."
The British Olympic Association recently complained to the International Olympic Committee about lack of access to the 2010 skeleton track.
The Vancouver Organizing Committee is "following the rules of access" to venues established by each sport's governing body, Cathy Priestner Allinger, VANOC's executive vice president for sport and Games operations, said in a statement.
Practice time on tracks, ski runs and ice sheets is key because familiarity with drops, turns and ice conditions can provide a competitive advantage. The USA and Canada are expected to be in a tight medals race after finishing second and third, respectively, in the 2006 medal count.
"It just seems like (Canadian athletes) have spent quite a bit more time than everybody else" at the 2010 speedskating venue, U.S. speedskater Chad Hedrick said, "and I think everybody should have equal rights to use the facility."
USA Luge CEO Ron Rossi said the Canadians got extra time on the 2002 track prior to the Salt Lake City Games, but "when we asked for the same thing (for 2010), they said, 'no, its not going to happen.'"
What a dick move by these Canadian bastards!!! These Canadians are really desperate to win a medal! lol. We need to save these Canadians from themselves.