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When is it going too far in Olympic celebration?

The women of the Canadian hockey team politely accepted their gold medals and waved to an adoring home crowd just moments before the real celebration would begin. Taking to the same ice they had just beat the United States 2-0 on, the Canadians returned a half hour later from the locker room and staged what some are now calling “a party on ice” – swigging from bottles of champagne, guzzling beer and smoking cigars. And who said Canadians don’t have fun? In a sport that Canada invented, there was never an option besides gold, and with it finally in hand, the home team let loose in a celebratory spirit usually reserved for the more crass countries such as the US. Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin posed wearing goofy grins. Rebecca Johnston actually tried to drive the Zamboni. Haley Irwin poured champagne into the mouth of Tessa Bonhomme, gold medals swinging from both their necks. The celebration raised eyebrows at the IOC, which said it would look into the matter. But did the Canadians go too far? Did they deserve to go wild on the ice? Were they showing disrespect to their country, their sport and the entire Olympic games by parading around so carelessly? GO!

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