IOC Probing Boozy Hockey Gold Party
Victorious Canadian women swigged beer, champagne on ice
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 2:12 AM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2010 5:32 AM CST
Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin, left to right, Kim St-Pierre and Charline Labonte drink beer on the ice with their gold medals after Canada defeated the US yesterday.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Scott Gardner)

(Newser) – Canada's victorious women's hockey team should have left the ice before they cracked open celebratory beers and champagne, said the executive director of the International Olympic Committee. "It is not what we want to see," Gilbert Felli told AP. "I 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."

The IOC plans to investigate the incident, in which the partying gold medalists guzzled beer and champagne at center ice after defeating the US 2-0. The head of Canada's Olympic Committee says the organization didn't supply the booze and nobody intended to breach Olympic protocol. "In terms of the actual celebration, it's not exactly something uncommon in Canada," he said.

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Feb 27, 2010 6:10 AM CST
I find the comments here re. this article (some more colourful than others) to appropriately put this situation into perspective. I would think that the IOC with all of its problems with doping, corruption in judging (i.e. past figure skating) etc. has real issues that must be dealt with on a continuous basis and should be the focus of their attention. Both the Canadian and US women's hockey teams played their hearts out and demonstrated skill, effort, and commitment ...... not just in this game but in what they have sacraficed for months/years leading up to this series. The Canadian - US contest in Women's hockey has been well established as the pivitol game to focus on in any competition ....... congratulations to both...... and if partying in an empty arena except for maintenance personnel ( who wished to have pictures taken with the team members) and a few left-footed media types, is partying in a public place, then I have much to atone for from many years past!! If not for the prying media no one would even have known about this non-issue!! Way to go girls! However, I suggest that the next time if your invited Jacques and company to the party it might minimize the fallout.
Feb 26, 2010 10:50 PM CST
Please, this is much to do about nothing. These women are all of drinking age and they were celebrating their victory and their hard work. Good for them,. If it had been the men doing it, would we be hearing and seeing as much. Probably not.
Feb 26, 2010 5:56 PM CST
What did they expect? They are Canadian and they are hockey players and they won gold. All three of those put together = a little boozing, yes.