Thursday, 20 February 2014

Obama, Harper bet cases of beer on US-Canada Olympic hockey games

US President Barack Obama (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) shake hands as they take a walk at the Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens in Toluca, Mexico, on February 19, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad)
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have put both national pride and cases of beer on the line in a friendly wager on the Canada-U.S. Olympic hockey matches.
In what has become an Olympic tradition between the leaders, Obama and Harper announced on Twitter that they have staked a case of cold ones on the outcome of each of the women's' and men's' matchups.
"For a very brief period of time, I may not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do, at least until those matches are over," Obama quipped to Harper during a leaders' summit in Toluca, Mexico on Wednesday.
The women's teams play for the gold medal on Thursday. Canada has won the gold three times in a row.
The Canada and U.S. men's teams face off in a semi-finals match on Friday.
In 2010, Obama delivered a case of Molson Canadian beer to Harper after Team Canada's men won gold in overtime in the Vancouver Olympics.
Their press secretaries bet on the women's game, and Obama's then-spokesman Robert Gibbs had to wear a Team Canada jersey to his daily briefing when he lost the wager to Harper's then-spokesman Dimitri Soudas.

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