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)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Housing Project Discussed

Westbrook Estates 022615

A new housing development in Yankton is part of the planning process for economic development.

in Local

Thune Opposes Net Neutrality Regulations

computer

The Federal Communications Commission will issue new rules to regulate the internet.

in Local

Iowa’s Gas Tax to Increase

gaspump

Iowa’s gas tax is going up March 1st. Within the span of two-and-a-half hours, votes were taken in both the…

in Local

Iowa Company Granted Drone Exemption for Precision Ag

corn field

A north-central Iowa company is the first in the Midwest and one of only three nationwide to be granted a federal exemption to use drones for precision agriculture projects.

in Local

Nebraska Poll Finds Residents Not Afraid of Hard Work

nebraska

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension recently completed their 19th annual Rural Poll and a portion of that includes employment statistics.