Friday, February 26, 2010

IOC 'Investigating' Canadian Women Hockey Players

Those stuffed shirts at the International Olympic Committee, people who've probably never donned a uniform for any athletic endeavor, really need to get a grip. They're going to investigate the Canadian women's gold medal team for celebrating inappropriately? Good grief, get a life, people.
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.

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.”
Yes, let's punish these young ladies who've spent the better part of thier lives to get to this point.

Let it go, folks.

As an aside, I'd really like to have been at the after-party.

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