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Canadian men’s curler E.J. Harden gets his Olympic gold medal tattooed on his chest

E. J. Harnden, center, dlievers the stone. (Ints Kalnins/Reuters)

Olympic curlers aren’t known for their bodies — unless they’re from Canada. After shooting to (relative) fame for their muscular physiques and taking home the gold in Sochi, the Canadian bad boys of curling are back in the news, or at least one of them is. But E.J. Harnden hasn’t caught the public’s eye for what he accomplished on the ice this time…

Yes, that’s Harnden’s Olympic gold medal inked forever over his left pec. The project is only about one-third finished, however.

“I still have a ways to go. I have two more sessions left,” Harnden told Yahoo! Canada over the phone. “It was not as bad as I thought it was gonna be.”

Harnden reports he has two more three-and-a-half hour sessions to go before the 10-hour project — and Harnden’s first tattoo — will be complete.

“I said I would only get one if we [he and his teammates brother Ryan Harnden, Brad Jacobs and Ryan Fry] won the Olympic Games. Once we won, I decided to go through with it because it’s something I’ll always be able to see and obviously it’s extremely special to me. That was the reasoning behind it,” Harnden told Yahoo.

Braggadocious? Sure, but it’s a little more artistic than his brother Ryan’s post-Sochi tat, which he got two months ago.

Yes, that’s a tattoo of his brother E.J. and himself on himself, along with a giant gold medal.

Will the final two members of the Sochi team join in? E.J. Harnden says yes.

“I think everyone has plans to. I think Ryan (Fry) is probably going to be the next one to follow through. And Brad has claimed that he would like to do something, but I don’t think he’s in any rush to do so,” Harnden said (via Yahoo!).

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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