Obama, Harper bet cases of beer on U.S.-Canada Olympic hockey games

WASHINGTON Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:30am EST

U.S. President Barack Obama joins Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) before a trilateral meeting in the Courtyard of the Palacio de Justicio at the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama joins Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) before a trilateral meeting in the Courtyard of the Palacio de Justicio at the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca February 19, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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 won the men's' 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.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by David Gregorio)

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nobule wrote:
this is a cute story, but unfortunately the winner’s beer will be customarily destroyed upon receipt due to safety concerns. since the brand of beer wagered is only slightly more tasty than human urine, its destruction is for the best.

Feb 20, 2014 12:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
morbas wrote:
They should have each bet on the opponent teams. This would have expressed commoness and unity to a higher degree. Silver or Gold represents an on any given day outcome. Please, oh please some give credit to all the teams that even touched the playoffs.
morbas(i)
PS go USA go…

Feb 20, 2014 12:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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