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U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper bet cases of beer on Olympic hockey

Barack Obama, Stephen Harper

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, walks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Cosmovitral in Toluca, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, during the seventh trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting. This year’s theme is “North American Competitiveness.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


There was already a lot riding on Thursday’s gold medal game between the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams and tomorrow’s semifinal match between the men’s teams. Now there’s beer and bragging rights on the line between the two countries’ leaders.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a friendly wager on Twitter: one of the losing country’s cases of beer goes to the winner of each game:

A few quick thoughts:

1. Let’s take a wild guess which country brought up the prize in these bets:

Sochi Olympics

Michael Wrigglesworth uses his Canadian passport to open a refrigerator with free beer in the Canadian House at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Morry Gash

2. What kind of beer will be sent? The big name brands seem likely, but there are plenty of breweries in Obama’s beloved Illinois to choose from, too, if the U.S. loses.

3. Hopefully neither drinks any bragging beer before making any major decisions.

UPDATE: Harper tweeted after the game.

I look forward to watching the game later and @barackobama, I look forward to my case of beer. #Sochi2014 #WeAreWinter @HC_Women

— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) February 20, 2014

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