When the International Olympic Committee banned Nicklas Backstrom from the Sochi gold medal game last month, it seemed doubtful the Swede would receive the sliver medal awarded to the rest of his teammates.
Following an appeal, however, the IOC has relented under pressure. Announcing the news Friday afternoon, they ruled that Backstrom had no intention of taking Zyrtec D as a performance enhancer and decided to award him a silver medal after all.
Following the Capitals’ 4-3 win over the Canucks, Backstrom spoke about the decision for the first time.
“I’m just happy that it’s over,” Backstrom told reporters. “I’m glad I got the silver medal.”
“I’m disappointed that I couldn’t play in the final game against Canada,” he added. “That being said, I’m happy the IOC acknowledged everything I’ve said from the beginning.”
So, when will Nick get his hardware?
“Hopefully they’ll FedEx it to me,” he joked. “Who wouldn’t be happy to get a silver medal?”