Canadian Jocelyne Larocque Doesn’t Give a Damn About Silver

In a move that likely received applause from the anti-participation trophy crowd, Canadian defender Jocelyne Larocque stirred up some drama by removing her silver medal after Team Canada’s loss to the United States in the women’s ice hockey final.

Larocque, who is clearly accustomed to gold after winning at the 2014 Winter Olympics, immediately removed her silver after it was placed around her neck.

Canada's Jocelyne Larocque took off her silver medal immediately after receiving it. #WinterOlympics

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) February 22, 2018

Jocelyn Larocque took off her silver medal almost as soon as it was put on.

— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) February 22, 2018

“It’s just hard,” she told the media after the game (via the NY Times):

The Canadians, who had pushed the Americans around for much of the game and taken penalties for it, wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals. Jocelyne Larocque took hers off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold.

“It’s just hard,” Larocque said. “You work so hard. We wanted gold but didn’t get it.”

As one would imagine, Larocque is currently getting skewered for poor sportsmanship by the high and mighty morality police of Twitter:

@HockeyCanada Please tell Jocelyn Larocque that winning silver in ice hockey is an honor. Taking her medal off on World Wide TV just told the audience that she is a sore loser. Sad moment for Team Canada

— Dennis G. Reeves (@DennisGReeves) February 22, 2018

@Canada I’m so sorry Jocelyn Larocque is a spoiled, disrespectful, pouting crybaby. Your country is so much better than that. #Olympics #OlympicHockey #PourSportsmanship

— Adam Hyman (@breakerAHY) February 22, 2018

What I hate was the piss poor sportsmanship that Canada’s Jocelyn Larocque displayed by removing her Silver Medal immediately after receiving it. Millions of athletes would kill just for the chance to compete for one. No class.

— Buzz Atkinson (@BuzzysLosers) February 22, 2018

Suffice it to say that people really need to get a grip here — it’s not like she outright refused it and stormed off the ice.