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February 27, 2010
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The "ladies" from the Great White North decided to plop down at center ice after their gold-medal victory over the United States and quaff some beers as if they were in a Calgary trailer park -- not an Olympic venue.

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After the American women, who lost, 2-0, Thursday, had left the arena to cry in their beer, the maple leaf-wearing hockey gals returned to Vancouver's Olympic hockey rink brews in hand.

With gold medals hanging from their necks, Haley Irwin was spotted pouring beer into the mouth of teammate Tessa Bonhomme. Goalie Charline Labonte sprawled out at center ice and plopped a bottle of brew right on top of the Olympic rings.

Some were lounging around with cigars. One gal tried to start the Zamboni.

Such "Strange Brew" antics left uptight Olympic officials steaming.

"[This is ] not what we want to see," said International Olympic Committee Executive Director Gilbert Felli. "If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public."

The heat eventually drew an apology from Canadian hockey officials.

"The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone," the sporting body said in a statement. "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 [Canadian Olympic Committee] any embarrassment."

Among normally laid-back Canadians, however, the levity raised few eyebrows.

"Let them celebrate, they WON GOLD FOR CANADA for goodness sakes," a reader posted on the Vancouver Sun's Web site.

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SR: Bullwinkle is behind this....I just know it !!!! 👿 Laugh

February 27, 2010
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This was pretty unbecomming for behavior the Olympic committee sets for Atheletes. They really are required to step on eggshells with behavior issues, and they do send you home because of it. This shows a little bias of the rules when it involved a Canadian host and Canadian team IMHO. They shouldn;t be sent home, but they should have a slap on the hands and should apolgize for it. The cigars were if anything a disgrace to their parents watching, and if the girls were underage even swigging a beer, thats a legal issue. All harmless I admit, but the olympic committee sets strict rules for a reason.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Carry on, ladies.

Canada’s top Olympic official sees no reason to put a damper on the women’s hockey team’s beer-swigging, cigar-smoking celebration of its gold-medal victory over the U.S. team.

In Whistler and Vancouver, Olympic sentiment largely supported the players who went back onto the ice for an impromptu party well after the fans had left Canada Hockey Place on Thursday.

While the players spent much of Friday apologizing for their exuberance, several top Olympic officials praised the Canadians’ third straight gold-medal run, even while encouraging them to be a bit more discreet next time.

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“As far as we’re concerned, the matter is closed,” said Michael Chambers, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “It was nothing more than an error of judgment committed at the exciting time of winning a gold medal. It was a spilling out of the celebration that was going on in the dressing room.”

Other Olympians playfully wondered aloud what they could do to top the Canadian women’s fiesta, which included players pouring drinks into each other’s mouths, climbing on an ice-resurfacing machine and posing in front of Olympic logos with booze and stogies in hand—all with gold medals dangling from their necks.

“We were hoping that celebration would stay private,” forward Caroline Ouellette said. “We’re very sorry if we may have offended some Canadians, but for some of our girls, it’s the last time they’ll ever skate at the Olympics. It’s a tradition for our team. To go back on that ice and kiss it and take a picture is something special.”

The International Olympic Committee said it would send a letter to Canadian organizers asking for more details about what happened, but was careful not to characterize the response as an investigation.

Asked whether a men’s team would face the same scrutiny in a similar situation, goalie Shannon Szabados said: “I don’t think so at all. When you’re watching the Stanley Cup, they’re all drinking champagne out of it.”

Vancouver organizing chief John Furlong said it was simply a matter of “young kids who were happy.”

“They had a great time,” Furlong said. “They let their hair down. Yes, they said they were sorry, but they’re great ambassadors for hockey, and they shouldn’t regret what they did for a moment.”

Well over an hour after the Canadians beat the Americans 2-0 on Thursday and were given their gold medals, 14 players returned to the ice still in their uniforms. Some wore wacky sunglasses and smoked cigars, while almost all were drinking beer or champagne.

Marie-Philip Poulin, the 18-year-old hero of the gold-medal game with two goals, had a beer in her hand while she’s still a few weeks shy of the legal drinking age in British Columbia. The drinking age in Alberta, where the team trains, and her native Quebec is 18.

“At that moment, I didn’t even realize it,” Poulin said. “We’re really sorry, and it won’t happen again. We just wanted to enjoy the game and go back out on the ice.”

Although the Canadians say they enjoy similar celebrations after most major international victories, including the Turin Games, they hadn’t been given much occasion to party after losing the previous two world championships to the Americans. They certainly enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a gold medal at home, though.

Haley Irwin poured champagne into the mouth of Tessa Bonhomme. Goalies Charline Labonte and Kim St. Pierre posed at center ice for Poulin, lying on their stomachs with a giant bottle of champagne resting just above the Olympic rings. Rebecca Johnston even jumped into the driver’s seat of the ice-resurfacing machine, mugging for pictures.

Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, said Thursday the antics were “not what we want to see.”

“If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing,” he said, “but not in public.”

A day later, IOC spokesman Mark Adams suggested the only outrage was coming from the press.

“To be honest, I think people are in search of a story that doesn’t exist,” he said. “I think people are looking for someone to say it’s terrible.”

The celebration was fairly brief, and included members of the team’s support staff joyously marking the end of what passes for tough times in the Canadian program, which lost to the Americans in the last two world championships.

The Canadians trained together in Alberta for much of the past year, moving away from their homes and playing a grinding schedule against teams of teenage boys to train for the Olympics.

“I can tell you the last time I had a cigar was probably in Torino,” said Jayna Hefford, a four-time Olympian. “No one on our team smokes, and we don’t drink often. … Some of the best memories we have are from going out on the ice and getting pictures by a logo. I guess we just got carried away with the celebration. We should have left it in the dressing room.”

Hockey Canada apologized in a statement several hours after the match and said it regrets any embarrassment to the IOC or Canadian organizers, vowing to uphold Olympic standards in the future.

Yet boisterous celebration hasn’t been uncommon at these Olympics.

After Jon Montgomery won a gold medal for Canada in skeleton, he walked the streets of Whistler guzzling from a pitcher of beer. American Scotty Lago, who won a bronze in halfpipe, voluntarily left the games after a party photo surfaced of a woman kneeling below his waist to kiss the medal.

And after photos of the hockey players got wide international attention, most athletes applauded.

“We were thinking about what we could do to rival them,” Michelle Gorgone, an American parallel giant slalom snowboarder, said with a laugh. “I’m probably not allowed to say that.

“The Olympics dates back a ways, so you’ve got to be respectful of the roots so when you’re partying, try to keep it respectful and keep it clean. But everyone wants to have a good time, and mistakes happen.”

AP Sports Writers Stephen Wilson and Will Graves, AP National Writer David Crary and Associated Press writer Erin McClam contributed to this report.

February 27, 2010
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Hey if the Gals want to blow off steam in the locker Room or at an Off Site venue, then all power to them...

But doing it in Public View and in their National Uniforms is inexcusable.....

I'll remember that next time the Canadians rail on the US fans for their behaviour... 😡

February 27, 2010
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For cryin' out loud! 😡

Their games were over for Pete's sake, and the public had left the rink (our Canadian rink on our Canadian soil btw). If they wanted to chug a few brews and smoke a few stoogies in the rink they won Gold on after all the intense training and stress that they've been under in the months leading up to this point, more power to 'em.

Greeney, none of the girls that were drinking were under age (our legal drinking age is 19).

February 27, 2010
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I had herd some of the girls were 18. I don;t think is that big of a deal, but the Olympic committee has to set the same standards for everyone including their own atheletes. They all worked hard to get what they earned, but so did Lago, who went home on his own, on advise of what the Olympic Committee was probably going to do to him--send him home. Not sure if it was this one or the last Olympics where an athelete was sent home due to a barroom fight, unbecomming the Olympic image.

February 27, 2010
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As far as I know, only one of the girls on the team is 18, and I didn't hear that she was one of the ones having a beer ... even if she was ... what's the big deal? I figure if your mature enough to stick to a training regiment that makes you a Gold medal Olympian, you ought to be mature enough to drink a beer.

As I said, their games were over and done ... they were finished competing. It's not like they were whooping it up in public, getting in bar fights and generally making a public nuisance of themselves in the middle of their tournament.

IMHO, it's getting blown waaaaaaay out of proportion by some sore losers.

February 28, 2010
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The IOAC is just a group of stuffy old people. The girls worked hard and deserved letting off a little steam. Hell, they went there for a good time and it didn't hurt anyone. The Olympic Committee distributes thousands of free condoms to the athletes, which is worse?

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" Let the Good Times Roll

February 28, 2010
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The IOAC also gave Tonya Harding grief for drinking beer and driving a pick up truck whilst Picabo Straights parents were smoking Weed while watching her compete and said nothing !

And I'm brassed off that Marty Brodeur was benched while playing for Team Canada...

March 3, 2010
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greeney wrote:

This was pretty unbecomming for behavior the Olympic committee sets for Atheletes. They really are required to step on eggshells with behavior issues, and they do send you home because of it. This shows a little bias of the rules when it involved a Canadian host and Canadian team IMHO. They shouldn;t be sent home, but they should have a slap on the hands and should apolgize for it. The cigars were if anything a disgrace to their parents watching, and if the girls were underage even swigging a beer, thats a legal issue. All harmless I admit, but the olympic committee sets strict rules for a reason.

I am assuming you would feel the exact same way if it had been the US men's hockey team ,doin' the celebrating,right?...especially if the event had taken place on "home soil"...or even not.

They do work hard, and maybe the canadian girls were talked into promoting beer(chuckles...joking)...
But it is a canadian thaaaaang....to drink beer..
surprised they didn't have some giant beer bottles at the closing ceremonies...(too much competition over brand I guess Laugh 😉 )

the beer would have been better than the beaver.....ok...maybe both

anyone catch Catherine O hara's bit..luv the way they introduced her...
did anybody laugh..just a bit?( i think thats her name...greeney's gonna be on me if I don't get her name right 😉 kidding)

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