Alicia Vikander is totally fine with Team USA beating Team Sweden in curling

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There’s a lot of after-action drama following the PyeongChang Olympics. Here in America, there’s already soul-searching and reporting around the fact that American Olympians didn’t win as many medals as predicted. While that seems like a dumb thing to care about in the larger scale of issues facing America, it’s worth noting that America spends a lot on our athletes and all of our Olympic programs. We want “good bang for our buck” and that means we want to see medals, even in the winter Olympics when the “colder” countries usually dominate in many sports. I’ve also seen analysis about how Russian and Scandinavian countries have put less emphasis on legacy-athletes, athletes who will return over and over to the Olympics to win medals in several Olympic games, instead those countries are putting money behind their bright-young-things, a new crop every four years.

All of that to say, Team USA picked up 23 medals overall. We were far from the medal leader, Norway, who picked up 39 medals. Germany picked up 31, Canada picked up 29, and Sweden picked up 14 medals. And now Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is talking about the Olympics and how much she loves to watch curling:

Alicia Vikander hails from Sweden, the country whose men’s team lost to the Americans in the dramatic Olympic curling final on Friday. But Vikander has nothing but respect for the American team who took home the gold medal against all odds in a historic event dubbed “The MiraCurl on Ice.”

“I love that curling is becoming a sexy sport,” Vikander tells USA TODAY while promoting her new role as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (opening March 16). Vikander points out that the ice sport is incredibly difficult. While she mastered martial arts and gained 12 pounds of muscle for her role as the explorer Croft, Vikander says she was a total flop curling with friends.

“I was like Bambi on the ice, I fell over a lot,” says Vikander. “And I always ended up smashing (the curling rock) against the wall. It’s so delicate, the amount of force required.”

Vikander has been a fan of Swedish Olympic curling efforts in the past. Their men’s team took a bronze medal in 2014, while the women’s team has won gold in 2006, 2010 and took silver in 2014.

“It’s very addictive to watch,” says Vikander. She found herself in the same situation as many Americans, learning the rules. “When we were doing well, I was like, I need to learn about curling. I didn’t know anything about it. And then I was totally watching the finals. One year I had to set my alarm to watch the finals at 2 a.m,” she says.

[From USA Today]

I think the appeal of curling is that it feels like something you could pick up late in life, you know? It doesn’t seem like a sport where you have to be trained in it from the age of 2, and if you “missed your window” by the age of 10, you’ll never be any good at it. It feels like you could pick up curling as an adult, and maybe even the average Joe could be good at it. Anyway, I like that Alicia is being nice about our Team USA men beating the pants off of Team Sweden in curling. U-S-A! U-S-A! Team Shuster! And do people in Sweden just get to try curling all the time? Is it that prevalent in Sweden?

Also: Team Sweden Women did win gold in curling! But Team USA men took the gold over Sweden.

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  1. Argonaut says:

    a bunch of minnesotans won the gold, so not far off from sweden anyway ;)

  2. SM says:

    What’s with her eyes in those pictures?

  3. sunnydeereynolds says:

    She looks like she has a bobblehead in the photo.

    I have tried curling when I was in Michigan and let me tell you, it’s not as easy at it looks. It’s fun but hard.

  4. Izzy says:

    “dramatic Olympic curling final” LMFAO words no one ever imagined would be strung together.

    I remember the good old days when TSN called curling (and every sport) “real life, real drama, real TV.” I mean, I does get men to pick up brooms…

  5. bitchyarchitect says:

    Did anyone catch the Danish curling team? Holy Sh*t were they hot. Please Please someone bring them to the US on a tour a la Thunder from Downunder…

  6. Mindless Contemplations says:

    *Accidental double post

  7. Mindless Contemplations says:

    LOL this makes me happy. I am a curler at the club level. I started at Age 14 curled through high school then took 20+ years off and returned when I was 37. Let me tell you it was NOT like riding a bike lol. I love that Curling got a lot more attention this year and that famous people are talking about it :-)

  8. Snazzy says:

    Did you see Mr T’s tweets about curling? He loved it! Even hashtagged it #curlingiscoolfool

  9. Kiki says:

    I am so sorry to say this but Alicia Vikander is so BORING.

  10. The Original Mia says:

    I love curling! Discovered it a few years ago. Being from the South, it’ll never be big here. The strategy and skill to drop the rock where it needs to be is exciting to watch.