Canadian Ice Hockey Player Criticised After Removing Silver Medal
For most people winning a silver medal at the Olympics would be pretty good. However when you're aiming for gold it can feel like failure and that's clearly how Canadian ice hockey player Jocelyne Larocque felt today.
When it comes to a national sport it's supposed to be so because it's really popular in your country and generally you're supposed to be pretty good at it, it's why cycling is obviously England's national sport and always has been.
It's also whilst we're enjoying the Winter Olympics and we are quite handy at some of the sports on show it's hardly our area of expertise, we just don't have the conditions or facilities for it.
Canada on the other hand, they bloody love the ice. Especially if there's pucks, sticks and fighting involved then, in between the scuffles, they can play a bit of ice hockey.
Having won four golds in a row in the sport from 2002 to 2014 they'd have been expecting to win again but today lost to fierce 'local' rivals USA in the final on penalties. Of course that meant 'only' winning silver but that wasn't enough for Jocelyne Larocque as she removed her medal instantly:
Jocelyne Larocque took off her silver medal literally as soon as it was placed on her neck pic.twitter.com/m32VdrVueo- Katie Brown (@katiebhockey) February 22, 2018
And people aren't too happy with the disrespect the defenseman showed to her runners-up medal:
Not classy. Someone loses. It stings but don't be a poor sport. Not Canadian- mummabear (@jammers77) February 22, 2018
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#Joyclyn Laroque as a Canadian fan I'm very disappointed in your in-sportsmanlike behaviour! Your team still played very well and yes you didn't win gold but, silver is nothing to sneeze at either. To see you take it off as soon as it was put on was very sad!- Karon Shepperdson (@KShepperdson) February 22, 2018
She has brought shame on her country- Sean Clayton (@BrewmeisterSTC) February 22, 2018
#JocelyneLarocque you are an embarrassment to Canada and Manitoba not even wearing your silver medal. Ripped it off once it was put on. Maybe you should concentrate on less turnovers instead of embarrassing your province and country- Bobbyorama (@BobbyBoucher204) February 22, 2018
Jocelyne Larocque getting her silver medal. pic.twitter.com/doxd4TYWxf- Jimmy Edwards (@JimmyEdwards_15) February 22, 2018
#JocelyneLarocque 1st world problems I guess. Great game but that silver must have been so heavy for your head. Classless- Patrick Wilson (@raiderdad_of_2) February 22, 2018
So Jocelyne Larocque Wikipedia page has been updated as well. She is the Canada hockey player who ripped off her silver medal. pic.twitter.com/IOGeN43ILq- Adam (@Buckeyes0331) February 22, 2018
Some people were defending the 29 year old who won gold with her fellow countrymen four years ago in Sochi, thinking it was the kind of passion they like to see in their sports stars.
Where do you stand on it, should she have kept the medal or gone all Jose Mourinho and chucked it into the crowd?
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