The saddest words a curling enthusiast might read today: The 2014 Winter Olympics curling events are over. Congratulations to the medalists, Canada, Sweden and Britain, who managed to take home all six medals this year. Canada claimed both the men’s and women’s gold, while the British men grabbed the silver, and their female counterparts earned the bronze. You can probably deduce who the men’s bronze and women’s silver went to from that.
But before we say goodbye to the Olympics and look forward to the curling world championships in March and April, let’s take a minute to remember 10 of this year’s more wacky Olympic curling moments.
10. The Sochi Olympic mascots curling before Britain and Canada met for the men’s gold medal match. Awkward.
9. British skip Eve Muirhead’s public apology for teammate Vicki Adams’ utterance of a “wee sweary word.” They’re Scottish.
8. Russian skip Andrey Drozdov’s face plant during his round-robin match against Switzerland. (Don’t worry, despite what it looks like, Drozdov wasn’t hurt, and his rink actually went on to win the match 7-6.)
7. NFL superstar Vernon Davis’s curling parody of a “Beats by Dre” ad, which he posted on his Instagram account while in Sochi as the honorary captain of the U.S. curling team for the second Olympics in a row.
6. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS TIGHT END VERNON DAVIS WAS IN SOCHI AS THE HONORARY CAPTAIN OF THE U.S. CURLING TEAM FOR THE SECOND OLYMPICS IN A ROW. (It’s worth mentioning twice.)
5. The Canadian fans’ hats.
4. The kerfuffle over the Canadian men’s perceived “aggressive” conduct.
3. The Canadian men’s biceps, Russian skip Anna Sidorova’s good looks and the bevy of other dreamy Olympic curlers.
2. The Norwegian men’s pants — all nine pairs of them — and the resulting “trouser crisis,” which begged the question, did their pants lead to their 2014 Olympic semifinal demise?!
1. Muirhead and her team’s record-breaking efforts against the United States during their round-robin match. Britain scored seven points in a single Olympic end. To put that score in perspective, it’d be like a baseball team earning 15 runs in a single inning at the World Series. Basically, it should never happen.
Your turn: What do you think was most memorable about 2014’s Olympic curling?