Well, I’m sure the IOC will quickly move to quash the scandalous behaviour of those hooligans on the Canadian women’s hockey team:
The International Olympic Committee will investigate the behaviour of the Canadian women’s hockey players who celebrated their gold medal at the Vancouver Games by drinking alcohol on the ice.
Several Canadian players returned to the ice surface at Canada Hockey Place roughly 30 minutes after their 2-0 win over the U.S. on Thursday night.
The players drank cans of beer and bottles of champagne, and smoked cigars with their gold medals draped around their necks.
Imagine that! Celebrating after winning a gold medal against their arch-rivals. And drinking alcohol, too. And to compound the outrage, they did it on the ice!!!
I’m sure the IOC will do the sensible thing and strip them of their medals. It’s the only logical thing to do, after all. And totally in proportion to the heinousness of their crime.
Even worse, they contributed to the delinquency of a minor:
Among those drinking were Marie-Philip Poulin of Quebec City, the youngest player on Team Canada and its fourth-line centre, who scored twice in the first period. The 18-year-old Poulin turns 19 next month, but right now she would be under the legal drinking age in B.C.
Because nobody in the entire history of the province of British Columbia has ever had the temptation to have a drink before the legal age. Even though in Quebec, “the legal drinking age is just a suggestion”.
Photos of the celebrations below the fold:
Update: Mary Vallis asks the obvious question:
Let’s get this straight: Our athletes feel like they must apologies when they do not bring home medals for our country, but they also have to apologize for celebrating the right way? Is it possible for the Canadians to win properly?
The women’s actions were no worse than those of gold-medal winner Jon Montgomery, who cruised through Whistler drinking a pitcher of beer after his skeleton run, or American snowboarder Scotty Lago, who was photographed grinning as a woman bit his bronze medal in front of his, um, crotch.
Well, of course the cases aren’t comparable: women are (still) held to a different standard of behaviour than the men. What’s a mere bit of boyish fun for the men is shameful and unforgiveable in a woman. Next thing you know, they’ll be agitating for the vote or some such outlandish utiopian scheme!