Jocelyne Larocque apologizes for removing silver medal

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.

6 PHOTOS
Canadian hockey player removes silver medal during ceremony
See Gallery
Canadian hockey player removes silver medal during ceremony
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Jocelyne Larocque #3 of Canada refuses to wear her silver medal after losing to the United States in the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Jocelyne Larocque #3 of Canada refuses to wear her silver medal after losing to the United States in the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Gold Medal Final Match - Canada v USA - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Jocelyne Larocque of Canada holds her silver medal in her hand, next to teammates wearing their medals during the medal ceremony. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Jocelyne Larocque #3 of Canada refuses to wear her silver medal after losing to the United States in the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Jocelyne Larocque #3 of Canada refuses to wear her silver medal after losing to the United States in the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Jocelyne Larocque #3 of Canada refuses to wear her silver medal after losing to the United States in the Women's Gold Medal Game on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

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.  

 

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. 

 

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.