OLYMPICS -- 314 Canadian athletes competing in 37 different sports against 205 other countries.
Mess around with these numbers enough and eventually it equates to the Canadian Olympic Committee expecting they’ll bring at least 19 medals back home to the great white north.
That’s a goal that actually doesn’t seem too far-fetched, considering Canadian athletes collected 18 medals at the 2012 games in London, and 19 in Beijing four years earlier. Not to mention Canada comes into the 2016 games with 34 top-five World Championship finishes on the season.
Canada has gotten off to a solid start in reaching that mark with four medals through the first four days of competition in Rio.
As the action continues in Brazil, here are a handful of the country’s best shots at reaching the podium.
Men’s 1500M Freestyle Swimming
If Penny Oleksiak is a young superstar-to-be on Canada’s swim team, then Ryan Cochrane is the savvy old veteran.
The 27-year-old Cochrane is taking part in his third Olympics, and has reached the podium in each appearance. The Victoria, B.C. native took home the bronze medal in the 1500M freestyle event in 2008 in Beijing, and captured the silver in the same event in London four years later.
With the way Canada has performed in the pool thus far, a third straight medal for Cochrane doesn’t seem like much of a stretch.
With the men’s team failing to qualify for Rio, it’s up to the women’s squad to carry the torch for Canadian basketball.
Led by Kia Nurse’s 25 points, the ninth ranked team in the world showed what they’re capable of after overcoming an 18-point deficit against Serbia to move to 2-0 at Rio.
Much like the men’s side, the U.S. has dominated women’s basketball in the Olympics and won every gold medal dating back to 1996.
Team Canada may not be able to dethrone the Americans, but if they’re able to maintain the defensive intensity that ignited a 26-10 run against Serbia, they’ll certainly have a chance at the podium.
Technically, Canada is the defending gold medalist in golf. Richmond, Ontario’s George Lyon was the last person to claim gold in the sport in 1904. That’s right, 1904.
Over a century later, golf makes its return to the Olympics, but this time it’s a female that has the best chance at a medal for Canada.
Brooke Henderson took the LPGA by storm this season. The 18-year-old climbed to third in the world golf rankings and captured her first career major title at the PGA Championship on the way.
With an entire nation behind her, Henderson has a chance to help Canada repeat their achievement for gold 112 years later.
Men’s Doubles – Tennis
Before Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard burst on to the scene, Daniel Nestor was the heartbeat of Canadian tennis.
With Raonic choosing not to attend the Olympics and Bouchard already eliminated from singles contention, the 43-year-old Nestor has a chance to add to his already legendary tennis career.
Playing alongside 26-year-old Vasek Pospisil, the two have already clinched a berth in the quarterfinals in Rio and sit just two matches away from winning Canada its second ever medal in tennis.
Nestor and former playing partner Sebastien Lareau earned Canada its first medal in tennis by claiming gold at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
19 medals is certainly an achievable goal for Canada, but it will definitely be a challenge. Since 1900 Canada has surpassed the 20-medal count just twice at the Summer Olympics and one of those Games was in Los Angeles in 1984, where multiple countries boycotted the event.