Russia’s curling team unveils crazy trousers

Russia's curling team unveiled floral strides to rival anything sported by Norway's team (which has found fame world-wide with its eye-catching costumes. But it didn't stop them losing on Tuesday 9-8.

Russia's curling team unveils crazy trousers
The Russian (left) and Norwegian (right) curling teams sporting their brightest trousers - Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP and Loudmouth Golf
The Russian curling team may have lost their qualifier against Great Britain on Monday 7-4, but they easily won out on their outfits, despite the long tradition of colourful tartan 'trews' in Scotland, where all of the British team hail from. 
But on Tuesday afternoon, the Russian team returned to a more subdued appearance when they went head to head with their Norwegian rivals, who as ever pulled out a vibrant new outfit. 
In the end Norway beat their Olympic hosts 9-8 in a close-run match, adding to the 7-4 victory it scored against the US team on Monday. 
Here's the outfit the Norwegian team sported in their match against Russia: 
Here's the outfit their showed off before the games began: 

And here's what the Russian team wore on Monday: 

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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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