After their Olympic gold medal victory over the U.S. yesterday in women’s hockey, the Canadians are today being criticized by the IOC for their behavior and celebration on the ice. Thirty minutes after clinching the victory, the team went back out onto the ice and were smoking cigars, along with drinking beer and champagne. The IOC will investigate the celebration, and an official called the players’ behavior, ” not what we want to see.” Hockey Canada has already isssued an apology:
“The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone,” the statement said. “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.”