Girls On Ice!

And the old white guys who want to spoil their fun.

Seems the old boys who run the International Olympic Committee have their underwear on backwards because the Canadian women’s hockey team celebrated their gold medals on the ice.   With beer (Molson, of course), champagne, and cigars!

“It is not what we want to see. 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. We will investigate what happened.”  (Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director)

And now a word from Steve Keough, spokesman for the Canadian Olympic Committee.

“In terms of the actual celebration, it’s not exactly something uncommon in Canada.”

Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated has a first-hand account and the pictures here. 

It’s not exactly uncommon, and it’s not exactly debauchery.  It’s celebrating the realization of a dream.

Note to Gilbert Felli:  next time, grab a Molson, rev up the Zamboni, and take those girls for a victory lap.


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17 Responses to Girls On Ice!

  1. Couldn’t agree more, Gerry. Those pictures are great. Pure joy. Reminds me of the Australian tennis players, Newcombe, Laver, Rosewall, et all. We all knew they loved their beer and drank copious amounts after matches.

    Big deal. Rev up that Zamboni. And crack a few brewskis, ladies.

  2. Ok, I’m all for celebrating a victory when your team wins. Or for that fact if you win.

    I think the poor sportsmans (womans?)ship, has to do with the public found out about it. There was the one U.S. Olympian who had the ‘wrong’ pictures of him taken with a woman in kneeling in front of him where his medal was hanging, he ended up leaving Vancouver and coming back to the U.S.

    The people in the stands (including the Canadians) gave the U.S. A. Women’s Hockey Team a standing ovation, which shows class.

    With all the Olympians who have won their medals, they do not ‘rub it in’ the faces of the ones who didn’t win. To me for the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team drinking and smoking cigars on the ice is like watching the Yankees winning the World Series and showing off on the field drinking, and smoking.

    We want kids to see good sportsmanship. We want them to strive for something. Yet, if they were to see this, how would they re-act themselves?

    Sorry Gerry, I have to agree with the IOC on this one.

  3. The way we found out about it was due to the reporters. If the reporters weren’t there, we wouldn’t know about it, and I doubt the IOC would as well.

    So does that mean that we will hold the reporters in offense in this picture? Should the reporters leave the same time as the other people watching the event?

    Gee Mrs. Lincoln, other than that,,, how did you like the play?

  4. Kevin says:

    IOC should really just let them have this one, it’s probably the last time a womens hockey team will be celebrating for awhile. Go out with a bang, I say.

  5. Li'l Em-MacKenzie says:


  6. heather says:

    i probably shouldn’t go here…but…would it be a different story, or even a story at all, if it had been the men’s team?

  7. Cat says:

    Trying to picture what it would look like to see the Flyers or Bruins front page after the Stanley Cup win, sprawled on the ice , bottles of spirits and cigars in hand…

    Sorry but:

    Even they know when “to” and when “not”,, class……

    • I agree, the men would not do their celebrating on the ice. They would and do it in the locker room. The ice is the ‘sacred’ place.

      To go out there and celebrate is ‘tacky’ and the men know it. Even with the Men won 30 years ago, granted they were estatic, and skated around the rink with the American flag (like any athlete does when they win at the Olympics). Then they go and celebrate in the locker room or wherever.

      At this point the men show more respect for their game, and for the other team. I must congratulate the men on this, and look forward to the U.S.A. men play against the me on the Canadian team!

  8. Lori says:

    Give me a break!

  9. rick says:

    I have to agree with the IOC. This is an world wide broadcast. Thats what locker rooms are for.

  10. Gerry says:

    This turned out to be an interesting discussion. Thanks to all for your thoughts.

  11. Pat says:

    I actually found this pretty hot. Good for the Canuck girls! Hockey is about the only “sport” I’m even mildly interested in, and am sorry I missed the beer and cigar fest at the end. These are the kind of girls I’d love to meet if I were much, much younger.

    The IOC sounds like a bunch of fuddy dudd stuffed shirts that need to loosen up just a tad.

  12. James says:

    The politically correct reaction to the Canadian women hockey team celebrating was absurd! Moreover, if it had been the guys raising a little hell nothing would have been said.

    Champaign & cigars, before you know it, they’ll want to vote!!

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