As the final days of Olympic competition wrap up in South Korea, the humanity of the athletes competing is still on full-display. After the women’s gold medal hockey match between the United States and Canada, which needed overtime and a shootout to be decided– Canada lost.
For the first time in 20 years, they were not the best team in the world and one of their athletes, Jocelyne Larocque, let the world know she was not happy with the outcome.
As an Olympic official put a silver medal around Larocque’s neck, she immediately took it off. The camera hadn’t even panned over to the next Canadian in line yet. It was that quick.
Larocque was one of 23 Canadian players devastated by the loss, but she was also the only player to not wear her medal.
Larocque won gold in 2014 at the Sochi Games and according to The Globe, as she left the ice and headed to the locker room, US fans chanted, “put your medal on!” But, she didn’t. Eventually, as the team made it into the locker room an official from the International Ice Hockey Federation told Larocque that there were rules about wearing your medal at the Olympics and she had to put it on.
When asked why she didn’t want to wear the medal Larocque replied, “We were going for gold.”