In this picture, a few of the workers at the games in South Korea celebrate after getting the rink in perfect shape for the next… We have just been notified that these are, in fact, athletes and have just won the bronze medal in curling. This honestly is something we should have figured out since they have big, bold “JAPAN” on their shirts.
Curling is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to winter sports, but it’s taken off in a big way internationally. Using heating brooms and a large stone, athletes try to land the stone right in the center.
Do You Trust Me?
"Yeah, no problem, just toss me up into the air while I'm wearing knives on my feet, and then catch me moments before I suffer an ice-related demise." No doubt this is what Russian figure skater Natalia Zabiiako had going through her head as she spun feet above Alexander Enbert in 2018.
We can only hope the things going through Enbert's head were “Catch her, catch her, catch her,” over and over until Zabiiako was safely back on the ground. Maybe he also threw in a “Watch out for the knives on her feet” in there somewhere, just to cover all of his bases.
Worth it All
Reaching the podium at the Olympics is big. Really big. You only get the chance to compete every four years, and you're going up against the best in the world, no matter what country you're from. So if, like Norway's Marit Bjørgen, you get all the way to the gold medal spot, and you jump for joy, nobody will think anything of it.
Bjørgen brought home the gold to her home country, and it's no surprise to anyone – she is the most decorated Winter Olympian ever, and this medal in cross-country skiing was just one more for the trophy case.
He Gets Good Signal Up There
While Swiss snowboarder Michael Schaerer is spending some time warming up for his big-air snowboarding event, one photographer captured an image of him with an array of towers around him. At first glance, it looks like they could be cell phone towers, but they're actually poles that have huge amounts of incredibly bright lights so that events that take place during the night.
Since it is winter, that's anything after about four o'clock – have enough visibility for the competitors, judges, and audiences. Plus, what's he gonna do while he's up there? Snapchat?
Yup, Those are Curlers
Nothing like a bit of curling to take your mind off of things like sweeping and moving heavy stuff around. Those four random dads are celebrating their gold-medal victory over Sweden. Curling is a unique winter sport in that it's the only one you can comfortably play in slacks and a polo shirt.
This was the United State's first gold medal in the sport since it joined the other Winter sports in 1998. It had been a demonstration sport for about sixty years, since 1932, but it was a medal sport the first time it appeared, in 1924.