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Canadian ice hockey player apologises for removing silver medal on podium

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A Canadian ice hockey player has caused a storm out in Pyeongchang by removing her silver medal on the podium, after favourites Canada suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the final.

The gold medal match finished in dramatic style, with the USA squeezing past their great rivals Canada following a sudden death shoot-out.

A pulsating encounter ended 2-2 after the game went to overtime and it was just a case of who could hold their nerve going into the penalty shoot-out.

Yet one of the best Olympic finals ever will now be remembered for the actions of Jocelyne Larocque, who despite obvious disappointment, went against the very values of the Olympics with a clear show of disrespect, taking the medal from around her neck seconds after it was awarded.

You can watch the incident in the video below which prompted plenty of criticism on social media.

Following the angry reaction to Larocque’s behaviour, the 29-year-old has been forced to apologise and released a statement on Friday. 

“Please understand this was a moment in time that I truly wish I could take back,” she said, as per The Guardian.

“I take seriously being a role model to young girls and representing our country. My actions did not demonstrate the values our team, myself and my family live and for that I am truly sorry.”

“Emotions run high at the Olympic Games and never more so than in a gold-medal game, but at all times we expect our team to act professionally and demonstrate sound sportsmanship. I would like to congratulate the United States on their victory.”

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Larocque also added she was “proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games. Being on the podium at the world’s biggest sporting event is a great achievement and one that I’m thankful I was able to experience with my teammates.”

Judging by her actions at the time that seems a little hard to believe, but in some ways you can understand why she was so frustrated in such an emotional moment

Is her behaviour acceptable and clearly shows a will to win or is it a slap in the face to everything the Olympics stands for? Let us know your thoughts below!

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