The Norwegian men’s curling team was back on the ice in their fancy pants and dominating competition at the European Championships in Stavanger this week. After winning Olympic silver in Vancouver, they’re now hot prospects for gold in Sotchi this winter.
Skip Thomas Ulsrud and his team were said to be “in a class of their own” as they beat Finland (10-4) and Denmark (7-3) on Tuesday. That brought them up to seven victories in a row, with newspaper Dagsavisen calling them “seemingly unstoppable.” On Wednesday, they also beat the curling team from the Czech Republic, 6-4.
They’re as known for their expertise on the curling ice as they are for their colourful trousers. “We’ve had good control,” Ulsrud told Dagsavisen. “I think Finland played much better than the results showed.”
He added that “the guys are playing fantastic curling right now.” He admitted to being slightly ill the past few days, “therefore I prefer to relax at the hotel between matches.” The World Curling Federation’s Le Gruyere European championships run through Saturday at Stavanger’s Sørmarka Arena.