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The Hockey Team SHOULD Be Drinking

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The ladies of the Canadian hockey team celebrated with booze on the ice after their 2-0 win over the U.S. at the Vancouver Olympics -- and got in a lot of trouble for it. If it had been the men, would they have had the same standard? Don't think so.

Canadian women's Hockey team

After defeating the U.S. 2-0 and claiming the gold medal, players from Canada's women's ice-hockey team took their party from the dressing room to the ice. They toasted with bottles of champagne and smoked cigars, posing for photographers in their uniforms and wearing their medals around their necks. Canada's 18-year-old superstar Marie-Philip Poulin was seen drinking and smoking a cigar, which has really upset IOC officials -- especially since the legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19. A spokesman for the Canadian Olympic Committee told the Associated Press that the Committee condones celebration, but not irresponsibility.

Though reps for the team have since apologized, the IOC is considering barring them from participating in the closing ceremonies.

OK: This is ridiculous and a complete double standard. Do you think that if the guys had been celebrating with beer and cigars, people would be making this big of a stink about it? Don't think so. Give the girls a break -- they'd just won gold in the Olympic Games, and all the fans had left the building! So they took a few puffs on a cigar and had a couple of sips of beer -- it wasn't like they were doing steroids. To give them a stern warning is enough, but to consider not letting them walk in the final ceremonies? Come on, Olympic Committee!

It's not that we condone excessive or underage drinking, and sure, the ladies probably could have acted a little more classy.But athletes celebrate wins -- that's just reality -- especially after winning in the Olympics. And BTWm where are the pictures of the guys with their cigars and beers? Exactly.

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Goon Squad February 26, 2010, 4:05 PM

Had they of found these young ladies out in the streets, smashing windows, burning down busunesses and tipping over cars, I could see a cause for concern.
But, this was not the case.
Let ‘em be!
The won the Gold for their country, for hockey’s sake!!!

Peg February 27, 2010, 9:29 AM

Have we gotten so crazy with PC that even the joy of achivement for young ladies can cut loose & enjoy the moment.
Give em a break.

Robin February 27, 2010, 11:24 AM

The issue is not the beer and cigars, it’s the fact that they took it into the rink which can be viewed as gloating, showboating and overall unsportsmanlike behavior. The men’s team celebrated with alcohol and cigars but we never heard about it because they did so appropriately in the privacy of their locker room. Also they should have known better than to exhibit underage drinking in front of the Olympic Committee and more importantly the press. By doing this in front of reporters the guaranteed that the Olympic Committee will have to make an example of them. This is not a gender issue, it is a common sense issue.

Elizabeth April 26, 2010, 6:20 PM

It’s definitely a gender issue, Robin. The male athlete who won gold in Skeleton for Canada was shown on television walking down the streets in Whistler, drinking from a pitcher of beer. Not one word was said about his own drinking in public or “gloating” over his win.

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