Canadian women's hockey team abused for celebrating

It is a slow news day. There must be more going on in Vancouver that can be reported on. The smoking and drinking nazis are out in force because some women who JUST won a gold medal are celebrating in a manner more befitting men!(?) The world is going to ruin! Give me a break IOC.

After looking at the pictures I realized why the hub-bub. Tessa Bonhomme is drinking a Bud Light! In Canada, she must be mad. What Canadian Beer not good enough, eh? Call out the Mounties!

Case sol-Ved, as Inspector Clouseau would say. We can all get some sleep.

Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:23 am EST
By Chris Chase

The International Olympic Committee will investigate the actions of Canadian women's hockey players who celebrated their gold medal victory Thursday night by swigging beer and smoking cigars on the ice in Vancouver.

A number of players, including 18-year-old superstar Marie-Philip Poulin, were drinking alcohol on the ice following the team's 2-0 defeat of the United States. (The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.) Players lingered for more than 70 minutes after the awards ceremony reveling in the arena, which was empty except for media and arena staff. (Click here to view a slideshow of the celebration.)

Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, said that drinking in public was "not what we want to see" from athletes at an Olympic venue. The organization will investigate the actions and will speak with the international hockey federation and Canadian Olympic Committee and ask them to "act accordingly."

Steve Keough, a spokesman for the Canadian Olympic Committee, told the Associated Press, “We condone celebrations. … We don’t condone actions of irresponsibility. I think Canadians understand it’s quite an emotional moment for our team. It was not our intention to go against any IOC protocols.”

To be sure, the Canadian women's hockey team should have acted with more class and been a little more discreet with its celebration. But to do something drastic like ban the team from the Closing Ceremony or force them out of the Olympic Village would be an overreaction. In past Olympics we've seen steroids, political boycotts, cheating and judging scandals. A few puffs of a cigar hardly seems to be in the same league.

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Take off, eh...

I learned a long time ago not to mess with women who are good at swinging a hockey stick...


Anonymous said...

Oh, dear... it would have been very interesting to hear the reactions if it had been the men's team.

Brantigny said...

We shall see they just won the gold. Moosehead for all!