Austrian Men's Hockey Team Apologizes for Partying Before Olympic Loss

Wednesday February 19th, 2014


Look, we've all done things we're not proud of after solidly defeating the Norwegian men's hockey team at the Winter Olympics.  So it should come as no surprise that a few members of the Austrian men's hockey team apologized today for partying 24-36 hours before their 4-0 loss to Slovenia.

According to a report from Der Standard, an Austrian daily newspaper, some members of Austria's team went out to House Austria (a bar sponsored by the Austrian Olympic Committee) after their victory over Norway and kept the night rolling at a private party.

In a statement, team leaders Thomas Vanek, Michael Grabner and Michael Raffl said, "We know that this behavior is not a professional one, yet we think this did not influence our performance against Slovenia in any way or form, the disappointing team effort was the reason for the loss."


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