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White House loses on Olympic bets

March 1, 2010 at 1:09 PM   |   Comments

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OTTAWA, March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama owes Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper a case of Molson's beer after losing a bet on the Olympic men's hockey gold medal game.

Canada beat the U.S. team 3-2 in a tightly played overtime game Sunday.

White House spokesman Mike Hammer said Obama watched the game in the Oval Office, the Canwest News Service reported.

Likely to be more visible than the beer bet was one between White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Harper's spokesman Dimitri Soudas.

Gibbs told Soudas if Canada won he would wear one of the Canadian team jerseys at an on-camera news briefing.

There was no indication when he planned to pay off on the bet, the report said.

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