The Canadian women’s hockey team is in hot water for their celebration after beating the U.S. in Thursday’s gold-medal game. After the game, players openly drank and smoked on the court — and now the International Olympic Committee is investigating. The AP has more:
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.”
Scroll down for photos of the celebration: innocent fun, or over the line?
UPDATE: Hockey Canada issued an apologetic statement:
“The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone. 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.”
(The Huffington Post 02/26/10)