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Canada Women's Hockey Team Members Hold Their Own Under Drubbing by Press at BC Media Centre

Jennifer Botterill in a photograph by Linda Solomon

Although the New York Times had already declared it over, the Canada Women's Hockey Team, fresh from winning a Gold Medal, still underwent a drubbing by (male) journalists today at a press conference at the BC Media Centre.  In a blog entitled "Furor Over Canada Women’s Team Celebration Fizzles", Ian Austin described the incident over, but the hammering happened anyway with (male) reporters questioning four of the team's members about a party they held on the ice after their victory.

I've attended  numerous press conferences with newly minted medal winners over the last twelve days and the tone was never like this.   And it felt way off kiltre.  Like the boys were telling the girls they'd been bad.

So mainly the press conference consisted of the four women having to apologize in a new way for each questioner, and it really got old.

Over and over they said they had hoped for the celebration to remain private.  They were exhausted.  They hard worked hard for the medal. 

I described the scene at the restaurant I was in when they won.  How people jumped to their feet and applauded.  How incredibly proud they were.  How proud I was. I asked what they would say to young girls who want to play.

Jennifer Botterill, 30, a graduate of Harvard University, said she had only played hockey with boys from the age of 10.  There had been no girls teams to play with.  "I'm so proud of how many girls play now," she said. "We felt like we had Canada behind us.  There is no place in the world we'd rather play."

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