News

Obama, Harper bet beer on U.S.-Canada Olympic hockey match

Obama, Harper bet beer on U.S.-Canada Olympic hockey match

FRIENDLY WAGER: 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 Feb. 19. Photo: Reuters

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.

SPECIAL SECTION: 2014 Sochi Games

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)

Latest News

in Entertainment

‘Downton Abbey’ eyes ’70s revival

Fresh
downtonabbey

The show could come back and be set in the disco era.

in Lifestyle

Healthy lunches could land you in the White House

Fresh
The North Lawn of the White House, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Washington.

If you know of a kid who can whip up a healthy lunch, they might earn a trip to the White House.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Governor: ABC As It Is Now Is Not Working

Fresh
McAuliffe Terry 040115 (DZ)

Governor Terry McAuliffe was the guest speaker Wednesday morning at a breakfast meeting of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

in Albemarle County, Local

Lower Home Insurance Rates Possible

Fresh
Fire 02810 (we took)

Lower homeowner insurance rates could be coming to Albemarle

in Local, Surrounding Counties

Two Suspicious Fires Investigated In Nelson

Fresh
State Police Logo

State Police are investigating two suspicious structure fires in Nelson County.