I still remember the moment that curling went mainstream.
2002. The Salt Lake City Olympic Games. And a team of five battling, brave warriors hailing from the fair Isles of Britain, led by Rhona Martin, who looked a bit like Colin Hendry.
They claimed a rare Winter gold medal for Great Britain and captured the hearts of a nation with their curious sporting antics involving a massive stone, an ice ring, and some frantic brooming.
In fact, so carried away did we all get that, at a mate’s house party that got out of hand, we buttered the floor of his kitchen and re-enacted our medal-winning performance using his mum’s ornamental curling stone. What a time it was to be alive.
Well now curling fever seems to be making its way across the Atlantic, finding itself the most unlikely cheerleader in the form of Mr. T.
Yes, the A-Team and Rocky III star is officially a massive curling fan, and he’s even coined the greatest hashtag in Twitter history to express his love for the sport.
Posting on Twitter, Mr. T, now aged 65, has been enthusiastically following the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, first getting involved with the opening ceremony on Saturday:
So far, so heartwarming. But then he found something new. Something exciting. He found curling.
I am really Pumped watching the Winter Olympics. I am watching events I never thought I would watch before, like curling. You heard me, curling Fool!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
Then: more heartwarming motivational stuff.
It takes a lot of Dedication, Discipline, Desire, Determination, and Sacrifice to get to the Olympics! Then, the rest is up to the Athletes.— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
I like tough competition, but I also like to see good sportsmanship. Just do your best, give it all you got, and then shake hands when it’s over.— Mr. T (@MrT) February 11, 2018
I feel so bad when an athlete slips and falls after all those years of training. But, they don’t stay down.. they get back up and try to finish their routine. Wow!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 13, 2018
That’s inspiring and it really makes you feel good. Because winners never quit, and quitters never win!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 13, 2018
I like a good Underdog story where an athlete or a team makes it to the top, inspite of it all.— Mr. T (@MrT) February 13, 2018
That’s what the Olympics is all about. Each country sends their best to do their best! And each Olympian feels it’s their duty to try!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 13, 2018
Let me tell you something, you may not win, but you never lose if you try. Nothing beats a failure, but a try!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 13, 2018
I Pity The Fool who won’t even Try!
YES. This is what it’s all about isn’t it? Why the Olympic Games are so wonderful to watch; the glorious sight of watching humans give everything, to win, to lose, but above all to try. We pity the fool who won’t even try!
But then, back to the main event:
THERE IT IS. The greatest hashtag in history. #curlingiscoolfool
CURLING IS COOL FOOL.
Like I said before, Curling is not as easy as it looks. I must be honest with you.. That little broom reminds me of my Swiffer Sweeper! I’m just saying...— Mr. T (@MrT) February 14, 2018
(We just looked it up and a Swiffer Sweeper is basically a mop. He’s not wrong.)
Anyways, I see curling as a finesse sport, more straight and controlled strength. Not brute strength, like when I was a bouncer, oh no!— Mr. T (@MrT) February 14, 2018
Mr. T gets it. He knows.
Welcome to the club big guy. You’re welcome to come round and butter my kitchen floor any time you like. Consider this an open invitation.
The men and women’s events get underway today (Wednesday 14 February) with the finals on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 respectively, so stay tuned for more Mr. T updates.
And remember kids, if anyone tells you you shouldn’t love curling, just tell them: CURLING IS COOL FOOL.