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Friday, March 12, 2010
Gibbs pays up on Olympic hockey bet

By ESPN.com

Robert GibbsMark Wilson/Getty Images

When it comes to the 2010 Winter Olympics, you can't say Robert Gibbs doesn't make good on his word.

The White House press secretary paid up on his end of a bet with Dimitri Soudas, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's spokesman, by wearing a Team Canada hockey jersey at the start of his press briefing Friday.

The two spokesmen bet on the Olympic men's hockey gold-medal game. Sidney Crosby scored in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win over the United States.

"Somewhere several hundred miles north, [Soudas is] laughing," Gibbs told reporters.

The Canada jersey sported the No. 39 -- the same number American goalie Ryan Miller wore in the Olympics. Moments after he took the podium, Gibbs took off the Team Canada jersey to reveal a Team USA sweater.

Harper and President Obama also made a bet around the game: a case of beer. Gibbs told reporters Friday that he ordered cases of Yuengling (from Pennsylvania) and Molson (from Canada) for the prime minister.

What? No Guinness?