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Norway’s curling team back with crazy trousers

Norway's Olympic curling team missed gold at the Vancouver Olympics, but their crazy curling trousers were a sensation. Now they're back - the trousers that is - and they're wilder than ever.

Norway's curling team back with crazy trousers
The curling team in one of their new outfits. Photo: Loudmouth Golf
The team, which is in the US this week for a pre-games event in Las Vegas, was featured wearing an outfit from their vibrant new wardrobe in the New York Times on Tuesday. 
 
The trousers, which use the colours of the Norwegian flag for an a eye-watering zig-zag pattern, were designed by Loudmouth, the same US company who made their striking trousers for Vancouver games, and which also  sponsors the team. 
 
“They needed to be Norway colours,” Scott Woodworth, the company's founder, told the New York Times of the design the company came up with for Vancouver. “They needed to look good and be striking.”
 
When the team arrived in Vancouver, an unofficial Facebook page celebrating the trousers sprung up, peaking at 695,000 followers before falling back to 540,000 today. 
 
Norway's coach Pal Trulsen, speaking to The Associated Press, would not be drawn on what outfits the team was packing for Sochi.   
 
“Put it like this, you’ll not see me wearing them,” he said.  “Except maybe at a bad-taste party or something.”
 
Christoffer Svae, one of the four team members, told AP that the trousers had been good for him and his teammates. 
 
“It’s definitely been life-changing for us,” Svae said. “Not so much in the everyday but when we travel around the world for curling, it doesn’t always matter if we do well or not, people still think that we win stuff because we are always in the media.”

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WINTER OLYMPICS

Russian curler stripped of Olympic medal for doping

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics bronze medal Thursday after admitting doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.

Russian curler stripped of Olympic medal for doping
Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova celebrate after winning the mixed doubles curling bronze match. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

The 25-year-old was one of 168 Russian athletes who passed rigorous testing to compete as neutrals in Pyeongchang after Russia were banned over a major doping scandal.

“The athlete has admitted the anti-doping rule violation; he is disqualified from the mixed doubles curling event,” the court said in a statement.

Krushelnitsky, who won mixed doubles bronze along with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, has protested his innocence and officials have hinted at foul play.

But Krushelnitsky decided not to contest Thursday's CAS hearing, saying it was “stupid to deny” testing positive for meldonium, an endurance booster.

However, CAS said Krushelnitsky, who is provisionally suspended, “reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility based on 'no fault or negligence' following the conclusion of the Games”.

The International Olympic Committee will this week decide whether to lift Russia's suspension in time for Russian athletes to carry the national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony, taking into account the conduct of their athletes in Pyeongchang.

Norway's Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten lost out to Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova in the bronze medal play-off. But the World Curling Federation said separately that they would now receive their bronze medals “in due course”.

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