Canadian women's ice hockey player takes off silver medal in disgust after dramatic Olympic final defeat to USA
A Canadian ice hockey player has caused outrage by seemingly refusing to wear her silver medal after her country's dramatic Winter Olympic final defeat to the USA.
Canada were beaten on a shootout by their neighbours, denying them a fifth consecutive women's ice hockey Olympic gold and giving the US their first since 1998.
Jocelyne Larocque yanked the medal from her neck just seconds after being awarded it by an official.
And the 29-year-old then ignored calls from American fans and even her own teammates to put it back on.
"It's just hard," she said. "You work so hard. We wanted gold but didn't get it."
The match finished 2-2 after 60 minutes and the teams could not be separated after an extra 20-minute period.
Monique Lamoureux netted the crucial penalty shot to end 20 years of hurt for the Americans.
Larocque later apologised for her refusal to wear the medal.
“I want to apologize to the IOC, IIHF, the PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada and most especially to my teammates and our fans for removing my silver medal after it was presented to me," she said in a statement.
“In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me. I meant no disrespect – it has been an honour to represent my country and win a medal for Canada.
"I’m proud of our team, and proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games.
"Being on the podium at the world’s biggest sporting event is a great achievement and one that I’m thankful I was able to experience with my teammates.
“For all fans, young and old, please understand this was a moment in time that I truly wish I could take back. I take seriously being a role model to young girls and representing our country.
"My actions did not demonstrate the values our team, myself and my family live and for that I am truly sorry.”
Some fans hit out at Larocque for the refusal on social media, with one labelling her actions 'classless'.