Oh No, Canada!
You Beat the U.S., Then This?
IOC to investigate on-ice drinking celebration by Canadian women's hockey team
By Associated Press
11:05 PM CST, February 25, 2010
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The IOC will investigate the behavior of Canadian women hockey players who celebrated their gold medal by swigging beer and champagne on the ice.
Players came back onto the ice more than half an hour after the 2-0 victory over the United States. Still in their uniforms and with gold medals draped around their necks, they swigged from bottles of champagne and cans of beer and smoked cigars.
Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, says he was unaware of the incidents until informed by an Associated Press reporter.
He says drinking in public by athletes at an Olympic venue is "not what we want to see" and not a good image for sports values.
Felli says the IOC will talk to the international hockey federation and Canadian Olympic Committee and then "act accordingly."
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