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Canada’s Larocque apologizes for removing silver medal after Olympic hockey loss

Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13

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)

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PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Canadian defenceman Jocelyne Larocque says she got caught up in the emotion of Thursday’s devastating shootout loss to the United States in the Olympic women’s hockey final and regrets taking off her silver medal almost immediately after it was placed around her neck.

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In a statement Friday, Larocque apologized to the IOC, International Ice Hockey Federation, the Pyeongchang Olympic Organizing Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada and her teammates and fans.

She said she meant no disrespect.

“In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me,” she said. “I’m proud of our team, and proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games.”

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