OK. I'm not the biggest hockey fan, as previously mentioned in article written by Jim, but even I know when someone does something dumb.
Canada won the gold medal for the third straight Olympics in women's hockey, beating the U.S., 2-0. That's awesome. But then the women lost all common sense. Members of the team brought out champagne, beer and cigars at center ice after receiving their medals, after the formal ceremonies were over.
The IOC said it will investigate. Alcohol at an event is a big no-no under IOC rules, and one of the players partaking is not of legal drinking age in British Columbia.
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."
Hockey Canada later issued this statement:
"The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone," the statement read.
"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."
As athletes, we are role models. I mean at what point why didn't the coach or someone say, "Girls, let's wait until the party tonight."
The team will not lose their medals, but there could be consequences for their actions, ranging from being fined or suspended. Talk about stupid.