Should the Canadian Olympic women’s ice hockey team be chastised for celebrating?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 26, 2010 4:28 pm

Or did they earn their beers and cigars, and earn the right to enjoy them wherever they wanted?

Controversy has erupted (these Olympic Games know their fair share of controversy) due to the “excessive celebration” of the women’s Canadian ice hockey team after beating the U.S. for the gold. They took their party from the locker room out onto the rink, bringing their drinks and stogies with them. One specific complaint was that athlete Marie-Philip Poulin was drinking, and she’s one month away from Canada’s legal drinking age.

I enjoy Rachel Bachman’s retort on that from The Oregonian. “Then again, if I had a daughter who saw Poulin and thought it was OK to drink underage, I would happily retort: “If you score the only two goals for the gold medal-winning team at the Olympics, I’ll open the beer for you.”

Gilbert Gelli, the International Olympic Committee executive director of the Games, had said, ““ don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public.”

Do you think they’ve threatened the integrity of the sport/all sports by publicizing their celebration?

What about when a baseball team makes the playoffs/wins the World Series?? The cameras show them guzzling champagne, and sometimes, the bubbly stuff is brought onto the field and sprayed into the stands. I was there when Los Angeles Dodger catcher Russell Martin did that right in my face. It was awesome, and definitely not worthy of reprimand in my book.

However, are the Olympics different than a baseball National League Division Series Championship? We’re talking a world stage here (although baseball plays the “world” series, but that’s another convo).

Should Mr. Gelli have left the girls alone and let them celebrate their victory how they wanted? Or was he right in chastising them? We’d love to hear from you guys. What are your thoughts?