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.
Then: more heartwarming motivational stuff.
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.
(We just looked it up and a Swiffer Sweeper is basically a mop. He’s not wrong.)
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.