Canada’s Jocelyne Larocque has suddenly become one of the biggest names to emerge from the Olympic Games….but not for the reason she wanted.
After a heartbreaking loss to the U.S.A. women’s hockey team in the Gold Medal final, Larocque shunned her silver medal almost immediately upon receiving it, yanking it off her neck; a move on the podium that has some celebrating her competitiveness, while others have branded it as disrespectful.
Granted, the Canadians women hockey team worked hard. For four years. For that game, for that moment. To lose in a shootout (don’t get me started) has to be like pouring salt on the wound and, as defending champs, it might’ve been just too tough to outright embrace what both teams pretty much considered a participation trophy.
However, as the old adage goes, “you can’t win ’em all”. And if you don’t succeed, you should at least lose with class. And to her credit, Jocelyne released a statement a few hours after the incident..
“I want to apologize to the IOC, IIHF, the PyengChang Olympic Organizing Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada and most especially to my teammates and our fans for removing my silver medal after it was presented to me. In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me. I meant no disrespect – it has been an honour to represent my country and win a medal for Canada. 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. For all fans, young and old, please understand this was a moment in time that I truly wish I could take back. I take seriously being a role model to young girls and representing our country. My actions did not demonstrate the values of our team, myself and my family live and for that I am truly sorry.”
No matter what you think of Jocelyn’s actions after the game, I know this much…..it took a lot of guts to write that and, essentially, admit that she was wrong. And if we can cheer like mad for our country at the Olympics, we can certainly extend some grace when one of them has a flub. I’m thinking Jocelyn’s best plan going forward? Re-claim the gold in four years. There’ll be no need for any apologies then. ~ Jason