Drinks on Obama as Canada take gold medal

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The Independent US

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper will toast a successful Vancouver Winter Olympics with a crate of beer courtesy of the White House.

President Barack Obama bet a case of beer with Mr Harper on the outcome of the US-Canada gold medal game in the men's ice hockey.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Mr Obama had a case of Yuengling, a Pennsylvania regional brew, riding on the game.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper wagered 24 bottles of Molson.

The beer battle pitted Canada's oldest brewery against the oldest beer maker in the United States but it will be Mr Harper who will be toasting the result after Canada pipped their neighbours 3-2 in an overtime victory.