Well, Canada didn't own the podium at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, which is just as well, considering the podium was probably made out of termite-infested plywood and built over an open sewer. It tells you everything you need to know about how badly organizers in Delhi dropped the ball that in restrospect, runner-up Hamilton would have been a practical and pristine alternative when the Games were awarded in 2003.
Aside from corruption charges, construction delays, faulty facilities, filthy conditions in the athletes' village, punishing heat, record-breaking monsoon rains, an outbreak of dengue fever and a few other pesky details, the Delhi Games went off without a hitch. Say what you will about Hamilton, but at least you can visit the Steel City without having to get vaccinated for hepatitis A and typhoid.
The good news for athletes who survived the Commonwealth Games in Delhi is that conditions can't possibly be any worse at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara - Mexico's so-called Pearl of the West and by most or all accounts a thriving, modern city with a solid and safe infrastructure, if you don't count the urban poverty, air pollution and the time back in 1992 when a series of gas explosions blew up the Guadalajara sewer system. Other than that, a definite pearl.
Hamilton never looked so good.