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Picture It: The Taste of Victory

After receiving their gold medals, Team Canada celebrated with beer and cigars. The IOC has decided to also award the women's hockey team with an investigation for inappropriate behavior for the celebration. Deserved?


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skigurl skigurl 7 years
no one was in the arena at the time...it's an amazing celebration and the photos and memories they have to show for it is 100% worth the crap they will take for it who cares!?!?! it's great, go CANADA
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Agreed. But off the ice..... Congrats neighbors to the north! That was an amazing game!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I'm not catty. I'm actually quite soft and cuddly. Or so I've been told.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
A few critical differences between this situation and the toolbaggery of Michael Phelps: a.) He was not standing on the deck of the Water Cube after an Olympic medal ceremony. b.) He wasn't wearing his Team USA suit or uniform. c.) He wasn't sporting his Olympic medals. d.) He was off-season. And, contrary to popular belief, there is some evidence showing that Michael Phelps did indeed play a role, although limited, in the hanging of the stars.
medicgirl medicgirl 7 years
I think the behavior by the US team after they lost was far more disrespectful and disgusting than the Canadians drinking beer and smoking cigars. What a bunch of unsportsman like, sad face, whiny women!! They still won silver! Would it have killed them to at least put a smile on their faces? Pathetic.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Well I certainly don't think any of them (Canadian women or Lago) should have to leave the games early. But there should have been some kind of reprimanding for their behavior. It seemed like they were quick to boot Lago for his behavior, but when others behaved disrespectfully (and illegally), it was dismissed.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
So underage drinking on Olympic ice is acceptable...but photos of a girl kissing your bronze medal gets you sent home a week early. Gotcha.
twk601 twk601 7 years
I don't care what they do to celebrate but I do care where. Hockey is a game of sportsmanship and honor you do not disrespect the ice especially OLYMPIC ice. The IOC's biggest problem was with the illegal underage drinking. The drinking age in Vancouver is 19 and there are photos of 18 year-old players drinking...
ashleyamoeba ashleyamoeba 7 years
I don't understand what the big deal is. It was half an hour after the ceremony and everyone had left (except for this photographer). I think some people are making a stink about it because it's the Olympics and maybe they wouldn't celebrate with a beer and a cigar. I understand some people think it should be limited to the locker room, but what if those pictures were to surface? Every year after the World Series, pictures are released of the players celebrating in the locker room and they are spraying champagne on eachother and smoking cigars. No one cares. They are celebrating. Let them have their moment. However they choose to celebrate is their deal. They deserve it.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
*sigh* Where is Herb Brooks when you need him...
neonbee neonbee 7 years
Whatever. I'm Canadian so I may be biased. Even though I'm against smoking, I don't think this is a big deal. I probably would lose myself if I were to win a gold medal.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
To even risk that it might is in and of itself unfortunate, don't you think? I'm outta here. Happy weekend everybody! :D
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 7 years
Okay, more research should be done before people make judgments. This happened half an hour after the medal ceremony. When all the fans, and all but one AP reporter was left. The celebration started in the dressing room, and than carried over to the ice. And the IOC has decided to drop the investigation. One reporter, slinking around like a snake, and the story gets blown out of proportion to the world. They weren't drunk, they were all on live TV just a few hours after the win. Canadian male athletes have been seen drinking live on TV, more than one time at these Olympics, no outage at that. To Canada this is not a big deal.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Fork. That should have read "...Canadian women's hockey in general..."
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
I think a key component being missed here is that they were drinking and smoking cigars IN UNIFORM when they were photographed. Sadly, when people recall that particular game in years to come, as well as Canadian women's in general, they will be more apt to remember these pictures than the athleticism that won the game.
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
It's half and half for me. Maybe it isn't exactly a 'nice' thing to do, but as fishmeister23 said, the other team and the fans had left the building so it isn't as though they were rubbing it in their faces. I don't think this merits an investigation at all and I believe if this were the men's team, it would be laughed off as 'boys being boys'.
runnereater runnereater 7 years
I don't really see what the big deal is. None of the stuff they were doing was actually illegal or anything. It's not perhaps material for the olympics website, but they shouldn't be chastised for their celebrating. I'm sure others have behaved similarly at one time or another.
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