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Olympics: Obama owes Harper beers after Canadian ice hockey wins

Published on Feb 22, 2014 6:06 AM
Gold medallists Canada's Catherine Ward (left) and Marie-Philip Poulin pose after the women's ice hockey gold medal game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper aimed to collect on Friday on a wager for beer with US President Barack Obama after Canada's women's and men's Olympic ice hockey teams beat US squads.

"Like I said, team USA is good but we are winter," Harper said in a Twitter posting. "I look forward to my two cases of beer." Canada defeated the US men 1-0 in the Sochi Olympic men's semi-finals, advancing to Sunday's final against Sweden in a tournament filled with stars from the National Hockey League.

"That is a shame," White House press secretary Jay Carney commented after learning the final score.

"Congratulations to Canada, they certainly know their way around a hockey rink," he added.

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