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.
“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:
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.