Obama, Harper bet cases of beer on US-Canada Olympic hockey games

US President Barack Obama (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) shake hands as they...

US President Barack Obama (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) shake hands as they take a walk at the Cosmovitral Botanical Gardens in Toluca, Mexico, on February 19, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad)

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President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have put both national pride and cases of beer on the line in a friendly wager on the Canada-U.S. Olympic hockey matches.

In what has become an Olympic tradition between the leaders, Obama and Harper announced on Twitter that they have staked a case of cold ones on the outcome of each of the women's' and men's' matchups.

"For a very brief period of time, I may not feel as warm towards Canadians as I normally do, at least until those matches are over," Obama quipped to Harper during a leaders' summit in Toluca, Mexico on Wednesday.

The women's teams play for the gold medal on Thursday. Canada has won the gold three times in a row.

The Canada and U.S. men's teams face off in a semi-finals match on Friday.

In 2010, Obama delivered a case of Molson Canadian beer to Harper after Team Canada's men won gold in overtime in the Vancouver Olympics.

Their press secretaries bet on the women's game, and Obama's then-spokesman Robert Gibbs had to wear a Team Canada jersey to his daily briefing when he lost the wager to Harper's then-spokesman Dimitri Soudas.


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