Loudmouth representatives came out to treat their golden boys well
Curling’s most colorful boys are in Las Vegas for the Continental Cup. They’ll join forces with nations like Sweden and Japan in a plan to beat the North-American nations. Three women’s teams and three men’s teams represent each side as the tournament kicked off yesterday.
The boys didn’t turn down the chance to come to Las Vegas this week. They even came in a few days early, if they tell you it was to fight the jet lag, it might only be half-true. The solid second Christoffer Svae and his brother celebrated their birthdays here back in 2012 with a whopping 2o+ friends from Norway, Scotland and USA. You might say Chris’ personality works harmoniously with the sparkling city, in a good way.
This was the view from they guys’ room at the Bellagio during their jet-lag days
For Thomas Ulsrud this is a first. He’s a “Vegas virgin” as he put it, and seemed overwhelmed with the city lights like most newcomers do. The host of the Continental Cup arranged for Team Ulsrud to be picked up in a limousine in true Vegas fashion at the McCarran airport, kicking off the week in a great way.
All though Las Vegas rings synonymous with partying, drinking and gambling, it’s not all fun and games for the Ulsrud boys. They guys are here to do a job as curlers, and keeping in mind that it’s Olympic season, they can’t fool around too much. Team Ulsrud have always been good at combining pleasure and business, keeping themselves in good shape, but also happy and relaxed. Eating a steak for dinner accompanied by a beer might be frowned upon within cross-country skiing, but not in curling. Since curling is such a mental game, it’s imperative to keep yourselves happy, making sure you won’t get burned out. These guys practice a lot of curling, and hit the gym almost every day… knowing how to keep it going.
The team with the “clown pants” is again starting to get a lot of attention back home in Norway. Curling is only ever big in Norway at the Olympics. Almost 1/4 of the country watched Pål Trulsen win the gold medal back in 2002, we’re hoping we’ve got as many watching Team Ulsrud win the final in Sochi.
Norwegian media wants a piece of the action in Vegas
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