Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin of the Canadian hockey team politely accepted their gold medals and waved to an adoring crowd. And then the real celebration began.
More than half an hour after they beat the United States 2-0 on February 25, the players came back from the locker room and staged a party on ice – swigging from bottles of champagne, guzzling beer and smoking cigars with the other Canadians.
Of course the celebration raised eyebrows at the IOC, which said it would look into the matter. Informed of the antics by The Associated Press, Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, said it was “not what we want to see.”
“I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values,” he said. “If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened.”
Poulin, who scored both goals, doesn’t turn 19 – legal drinking age in British Columbia -until next month. The drinking age in Alberta, where the Canadian team trains, is 18.
What spoilsports some people are!
I think it’s perfectly ok to let one’s hair down and really celebrate!