Russia’s second Alexandra Saitova, left, and lead Ekaterina Galkina, right, prepare to sweep as skip Anna Sidorova, center, delivers the stone in their women’s curling round-robin game against the U.S. on Tuesday. (Ints Kalnins / Reuters)
Despite ongoing stereotypes, the slovenly curler is the exception now, not the rule. Many of today’s top curlers are as fit as figure skaters — Russian skip Anna Sidorova, in fact, is a former figure skater. And guess what, she’s pretty darn good-looking, too. (That’s her, above, flanked by two hot teammates.)
And the Russian curlers aren’t the only crush-worthy women competing in Sochi’s curling events this month. If you fancy the fairer sex, you might want to lay your eyes on these ladies, too.
British skip Eve Muirhead watches after releasing the rock during the women’s curling competition against Canada on Wednesday. (Wong Maye-E / AP) South Korea skip Kim Ji-sun releases the rock during the women’s curling competition against China on Friday. (Wong Maye-E / AP) Britain’s Anna Sloan throws the stone during a game against Japan on Friday. (Jung Yeon-Jejung / AFP/Getty Images) Denmark’s Lene Nielsen throws the stone against Sweden on Thursday. (Damien Meyer / AFP/Getty Images)
And then there’s the men’s competition. If these sometimes fashion-forward guys don’t make your toes, um, curl, then no man can.
Norway lead Haavard Vad Petersson, center, delivers a stone during his team’s round-robin game against Germany on Wednesday. (Ints Kalnins / Reuters) Denmark skip Rasmus Stjerne delivers a shot during a men’s curling round-robin game against the U.S. on Wednesday. (Ints Kalnins / Reuters) Canada vice Ryan Fry throws a stone during a men’s curling round-robin game against Norway on Friday. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud throws a stone with style on Friday. (Damien Meyer / AFP/Getty Images) Germany skip John Jahr shouts instructions during a round-robin game against China on Wednesday. (Ints Kalnins / Reuters)
OK, so Jahr, a 48-year old German millionaire who says he works “in this and that,” is kind of a curveball, or rather, an out-turn throw, but, hey, to each his or her own. And if all those curling hunks don’t make your Valentine’s Day special enough, it’s not too late to get the first ever Men of Curling calendar. There’s still a whole lot of 2014 left.
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