Thursday’s women’s ice hockey gold medal game was an emotional one for players on both teams, especially for Canadian Jocelyne Larocque who was clearly displeased with her team’s loss against rival USA.
The player took a bit of heat for removing her silver medal during the post-game ceremony and holding it in her hand for the duration of the event. The Globe and Mail reports that an International Ice Hockey Federation official later “forced” Larocque to wear the medal.
But now, Larocque is offering an apology, per Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur. In her statement, she explains her thinking in that moment.
“In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me,” she wrote. “I meant no disrespect – it has been an honor to represent my country and win a medal for Canada.”
While some on Twitter criticized what some perceived as a lack of “sportsmanship,” others have come to Larocque’s defense.
Whoever pressured Jocelyne Larocque into apologizing for not wearing her silver medal should be ashamed of themselves.
— David Shoalts (@dshoalts) February 23, 2018
Jocelyne Larocque taking the sliver medal off isn’t the right thing to do on the surface but to cast judgment on a player who just lost a gold medal game is silly It was a raw emotional reaction. In six months she will likely appreciate the medal more. I respect the honesty.
— Dave Campbell (@Dave_CHED) February 22, 2018
Thursday marked the USA’s first women’s ice hockey gold since 1998. Canada beat the U.S. for gold in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.