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Norway Curlers to Get Funky in Sochi

In this image provided by Loudmouth Golf,  members of the Norway's Men's Olympic Curling Team from left Thomas Ulsrud, Torgor Nergard, Christoffer Svae, and Havard Vad Petersson wear their new Sochi 2014 suits as they pose for a photographer in New York Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. So what will be the must-see moments at the Sochi Olympics? When it comes to curling, there’s no doubt what the show-stopper will be. Yes, Norway’s men’s team is back with their crazy, funky pants. And they’ll be more outrageous than ever when the players emerge for their first game at the Ice Cube.   (AP Photo/Cassie Kovacevich, Loudmouth Golf)

In this image provided by Loudmouth Golf, members of the Norway's Men's Olympic Curling Team from left Thomas Ulsrud, Torgor Nergard, Christoffer Svae, and Havard Vad Petersson wear their new Sochi 2014 suits as they pose for a photographer in New York Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. So what will be the must-see moments at the Sochi Olympics? When it comes to curling, there’s no doubt what the show-stopper will be. Yes, Norway’s men’s team is back with their crazy, funky pants. And they’ll be more outrageous than ever when the players emerge for their first game at the Ice Cube. (AP Photo/Cassie Kovacevich, Loudmouth Golf)

What will be the must-see moments at the Sochi Olympics? When it comes to curling, there’s no doubt what the show-stopper will be.

Yes, Norway’s men’s team is back with their crazy, funky pants. And they’ll be more outrageous than ever when the players emerge for their first game at the Ice Cube. “Put it like this, you’ll not see me wearing them,” Norway coach Pal Trulsen told The Associated Press. “Except maybe at a bad-taste party or something.”

The Norwegians — Thomas Ulsrud, Torgor Nergard, Christoffer Svae and Havard Vad Petersson — caused a stir at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 when they took to the ice for the tournament’s opening game against Canada sporting bold, diamond-printed golf pants in their nation’s colors. With curlers having always worn basic black uniforms, tradition was thrown out of the window. The pants became one of the talking points of the games, quickly going viral. Even the Norwegian monarch, King Harald V, received a pair.

Initially stunned, World Curling President Kate Caithness has embraced the pants. “I am a traditionalist, I must be honest,” Caithness said in a telephone interview with the AP. “But after I saw them in Vancouver, I actually liked them. They brought focus to our sport, these crazy pants.”