After all the fans left Canada Hockey Place last night, the gold medal winning Canadian women took their celebration from the locker room onto the ice. Many of the girls smoked cigars with cans of Molson Canadian, while some kept it classy with champagne. On the surface this seems like a harmless event that many major sports teams get to participate in when they reach the precipice of their sport. Well that point of view is not one that the International Olympic Committee shares.
Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, said he wasn’t aware of the celebration until informed by an Associated Press reporter.
“If that’s the case, that is not good. It is not what we want to see,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public.”
Felli said the IOC will talk to the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Canadian Olympic Committee to collect more information for the purposes of its investigation.
“We will investigate what happened. … We will first find the facts and then act accordingly,” he said.
A possible big problem in the investigation is that the star of the game Marie-Phillip Poulin is 18 years old (Pictured above with Molson in hand) which is below the legal drinking age in British Columbia.
Just leave these women alone. First you don’t let them check each other which essentially turns their sport into a kiddie game . Then you tell them to not have a couple beers in an empty arena in possibly the greatest night of their lives.
This morning the team released a bullshit statement of apology.
“The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone,” the statement read.
“In the excitement of the moment, the celebration left the confines of our dressing room and shouldn’t have. The team regrets that its gold-medal celebration may have caused the IOC or COC any embarrassment.
“Our players and team vow to uphold the values of the Olympics moving forward and view this situation as a learning experience.”
You won a gold medal championship game in front of a sold out arena in your home country on National and International television and celebrated with your teammates when the public left the arena. Don’t apologize for anything…enjoy your medals you earned it. The IOC is one of the most corrupt organizations on earth don’t let their PC garbage affect your accomplishments.