The International Olympic Committee will investigate the actions of Canadian women’s hockey players who celebrated their gold medal victory Thursday night by swigging beer and smoking cigars on the ice in Vancouver.
Actually, I think there was also Champagne – which is probably ok with the IOC. The IOC is trying to build better support for women’s hockey in the Olympics and trying to appeal to a younger audience. You won’t do either by snobby rules of decorum.
It is ice hockey. And even though it is women’s ice hockey they play the same physical game as the men – you know, pads, pucks, sticks, and attitude. It is a tough demanding sport and if the Canadian team wants to celebrate their 3rd consecutive Olympic Gold Medal in a manner the IOC deems improper perhaps the IOC should just go to bed early.
The win wasn’t controversial. They didn’t cheat. No drugs or dancing nude goalies. After the public had gone they celebrated. They celebrated with some beer, champagne, cigars and had a short girl’s night out. It was a team event. Good for them. Good for Canada.