Women hockey players are a force to be reckoned with. As a kid who grew up playing hockey, I've had the chance to play with some girls, and they knocked me around on more than one occasion. Don't underestimate a female hockey player, because chances are she's beaten up somebody bigger than you before and then had a beer with them afterwards. They're rough, they're tough, and they like to have fun.
According to the International Olympic Committee, though, the Canadian women's team had a bit too much fun. Last night, after beating out the US in the gold medal game, the team did what anyone who just won it all would; they celebrated. As soon as the fans had left, the women decided to take their celebration back on the ice, and a lot of media saw them sipping back beer and lighting up cigars.
Severely upset, the IOC has released statements stating the disappointment they have in the girls' actions. In a media availability I attended earlier today, Jayna Hefford , Jennifer Botterill , Marie-Philip Poulin , and Caroline Ouellette of the women's team were presented with questions from the media, many focusing on the event.
The women stepped up and apologized for the decision to go on the ice but insisted that they didn't do it to upset anyone. One journalist for CBC criticized the girls for the image they have left as role models, to which they replied that they were simply celebrating a great game and shouldn't be looked down upon for being excited and having fun. After spending the past year training for hours on end and seeing all of their hard work pay off, they were simply ecstatic. Much like NHL players drinking out of the Stanley Cup after a win, the girls continued a tradition that has been practiced by the women's team for years now.
It's unfortunate that these women's victory is getting washed out due to an interesting postgame decision when they should be getting praised. They have brought a lot of honor to their nation and the sport and should be commended for their accomplishments. It's good to be a Canadian right now, and we owe a lot of that to these women.