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GANGNEUNG, South Korea - Canadian women’s hockey player Jocelyn Larocque apologized after taking off her silver medal during Thursday’s ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Olympics, saying she meant no disrespect and was caught up in the emotion of a bitter loss.
The United States edged Canada 3-2 Thursday in a shootout victory in the gold medal game. During the postgame medal ceremony, Larocque took off her silver medal almost immediately after it was put around her neck. Her action sparked criticism from media and fans in Canada.
Later Friday, Larocque issued an apology through Team Canada, the National Post reported. Larocque expressed regrets to the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation, the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada, her teammates and fans.
“I take seriously being a role model to young girls and representing our country,” Larocque wrote. “My actions did not demonstrate the values our team, myself and my family and for that I am truly sorry.
“In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me.”
#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
Larocque said the action was something she wished she “could take back,” the National Post reported.
“I meant no disrespect — it has been an honor to represent my country and win a medal for Canada,” she wrote. “I’m proud of our team, and 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.”
If I was Canadian I would be proud to have her representing my country. She was obviously raised to be a winner and not be happy with 2nd place. This is what competition is all about. You play to win not just compete. #JocelyneLarocque— Chris B (@StarsPatriots) February 22, 2018
As a Canadian I am embarrassed. Grow up! You are playing with adults now! Shame! #CBCOlympics #TeamCanada #2018Olympics Rules are rules: After shunning silver, Jocelyne Larocque ordered to wear medal /via @globeandmail https://t.co/5xA0m03Wg3— Sharon Dorey (@sharon_dorey) February 22, 2018
#JocelyneLarocque I understand your disappointment but the world was watching & you were respresenting all of 🇨🇦. You embarrassed your sport & insulted the fans that supported your journey. We all deserve better.— Jander’s Better Half (@ibemomam) February 22, 2018