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Jocelyne Larocque Releases Statement After Removing Silver Medal

A picture of the Olympic Rings in South Korea.

(Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Entering the 2018 Winter Olympics as the heavy gold medal-favorite, Canada's women's hockey team bulldozed its way into the final Canada had won the gold medal in the last four Winter Olympics.

That streak did not reach five last night as the United State defeated Canada in a shootout. The Americans scored a game-tying goal in the third period and forced overtime - which ended in a scoreless 20-minute period.

The shootout was tied after five attempts. Team USA eventually won it on the sixth go with an epic goal. You can watch it here.

Following the loss, Canada, the United States, and Finland lined up for the medal ceremony. Understandably, the Canadian team was devastated from its heartbreaking loss - one player in particular was very unhappy.

Jocelyne Larocque, a 29-year-old defenseman, removed the silver medal immediately after it was draped around her neck. She received plenty of flack from those watching the moment.

After having time to process the loss, she released a statement apologizing for the incident.

"I want to apologize to the IOC, IIHF, the PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada and most especially to my teammates and our fans for removing my silver medal after it was presented to me. In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me. I meant no disrespect - it has been an honor to represent my country and win a medal for Canada..."

You can read her full statement below.

Larocque immediately faced criticism for what she did. With some calling her a poor sport and a sore loser.

And yet, we can all understand why she did what she did. It's the Olympics - the biggest stage in athletics and sometimes those tough losses are hard to deal with.