February 23, 2014 8:50 pm
Updated: February 24, 2014 12:54 pm

Canada and Sweden demonstrate true sportsmanship

Canada forward Jonathan Toews scores past Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist as Patrik Berglund looks on during first period men's gold medal final hockey action at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

TORONTO – After Team Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 to win gold in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics Sunday, you’d think there would be some hard feelings and nasty words being flung around. Maybe an “In your face!” or “Take that Sweden!” Especially on social media sites like Twitter.

READ MORE: Memorable Canadian moments from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Turns out both countries have gracious fans who, instead of trash-talking each other, showed true sportsmanship as the hashtag #hardtotrashtalkCanada trended in Sweden, while #hardtotrashtalkSweden trended in Canada.

Canada and Sweden are similar in many ways. We’re generally both recognized as friendly, polite countries with lots of snow and free healthcare.

Canadians all seem to agree that Swedes are beautiful people.

There was even the idea we merge into one country.

Many agree that Americans could learn some sportsmanship from both of us.

The nastiest it got? A few playful IKEA jabs.

For our full coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, click here. 

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