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
IOC Probing Boozy Hockey Gold Party
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)

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.
(More women's hockey stories.)

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