I don’t know when someone decided that athletes were supposed to be virtuous role models, but apparently athletes didn’t get the memo. The International Olympic Committee got pissed off at the Canadian women’s hockey team who won gold medals and promptly cracked open some beers and champagne right on the ice. So they’re chilling on the rink, boozing it up and the Olympic Committee is all, “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.” And then Canada’s Olympic Committee is all, “In terms of the actual celebration, it’s not exactly something uncommon in Canada.” Because, apparently, Canada wasn’t founded by lame-o narcs. [Newser]
I understand why they crack down on Olympians for illegal activities, but shouldn’t adults who just dedicated their lives to earning Olympic medals be allowed to celebrate? Apparently not, according to these instances of Olympic fun-crushing.
- Snowboarder Scotty Lago got reprimanded by the U.S. Olympic Committee after letting a girl pretend to “service” his bronze medal … or more accurately, letting TMZ get a hold of the pictures and posting them on the internet. So, Scotty packed his bags, apologized to the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and volunteered to go home. I can’t imagine why this is a big deal, but the negative attention definitely killed the joy of years of hard work. Give the kid a break, jeez! [TMZ]
- During the 2006 Winter Olympics, U.S. alpine skier Bode Miller got himself in some hot water after giving an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” and saying, “Talk about a hard challenge right there. I mean, if you ever tried to ski when you’re wasted, it’s not easy … You hit a gate less than everyone a second, so it’s risky, you know. You’re putting your life at risk there. It’s like driving drunk only there’s no rules about it in ski racing.” All’s forgiven now that Bode got gold, silver, and bronze medals this year and won the title of “the most successful skier in US history,” proving that partying doesn’t actually kill your game. It just means you’ve got to watch your mouth … and maybe camera phones too. [Huffington Post]
- The 1998 Nagano Winter Games was the first time snowboarding was an acknowledged Olympic sport and Canadian Ross Rebagliati was stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana. Then he was given back his medal because marijuana wasn’t a banned Olympic substance at that time. Rebagliati showed his support for Michael Phelps when the media went nuts over pictures of Phelps with a bong saying, “I think Michael Phelps is an incredibly talented athlete and it’s a shame the media is choosing to focus and scrutinize one photo taken months ago at a private college party. The guy has 14 Olympic medals.” Marijuana is an illegal substance, but it’s not exactly a performance enhancer. If anything, it’s really impressive that stoners can do anything requiring physical prowess! [Canada.com]
- Meanwhile, Japanese snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo almost got kicked off of Japan’s Olympic team for having dreadlocks, wearing an un-tucked shirt and saggy pants, and not treating the Olympics with the gravity Japanese officials believed it deserved, after calling it, “just another snowboard competition.” The Japanese media wasn’t thrilled that he risked a double-cork when there wasn’t enough pipe left at the end of his run, finishing in eighth place, but Kokubo said it was a matter of “not wanting to make a compromise to my style.” So, I guess U.S. Olympians should be glad they’re only getting in trouble for inappropriate behavior and not for simply “being themselves.” [Sports Illustrated]