Curling - Thomas UlsrudPhoto Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

A few years ago I came out as a curling fan – and a curler myself with my professing of my fandom of Thomas Ulsrud and his Oslo based Norwegian National Team. It extends so far as that I’ve been following all of the webcasts online to watch him play.

What draws me to his team, as opposed to say other teams? Well I like a bunch of players, it’s just the assertiveness and fact that the boys are having fun that makes it so appealing to me. They aren’t afraid to wear loud clothing and look sometimes hideous – that in itself is totally hot.

Alexey StukalskiyPhoto Courtesy of The Sochi 2014 Olympics

Meanwhile in other news, other curling stars have emerged, but on lessor scale a player has caught my eye as having good future in curling in a country that really isn’t know for it. His name is Алексе́й Стукальский (Alexey Stukalskiy) of the Russian Federation. While he’s not as skip, he throws fourth stones for the clinchers. Plus he’s got a 1990’s style hair twizzle. Keep on rockin’ at the Olympics, even if you’re out of the tournament!

Thomas Ulsrud
Photo courtesy of Bjarte Hetland/Wikimedia Commons

I’m coming out as a curling fan. I’ve followed curling for many years now, and I’ve even played it. I haven’t had the opportunity of playing it now, because I can’t afford belonging to a curling club as fees are too high, but any chance that it’s on TV I manage to squeeze into the action.

I’m also coming out as a huge fan of my home team: Sweden and the omnipresent reality of them winning championships, but also I’m coming out as a huge fan of Thomas Ulsrud.

Not only is he a fantastic competitive skip from Norway, but he’s incredibly charming, hilarious, and hot as fuck. For lack of better words, I’m smitten beyond belief not only by his talent, but also by him. Always in the thick of things, he makes me a proud fan.

I can only aspire to cross paths one day with him and Team Ulsrud (as unlikely as that may be), but I don’t know what I would do. I’d probably end up saying something embarrassing then falling flat on my face on pavement. Should he ever stumble upon this posting, he would understand how much of a fan I am, and I suggest that he leave a comment in order to inspire me as a curler!

I’m so much of a fan, that I’ll be purchasing some of his not-so-trendy, but simply outrageously-awesome trousers.

I’ll keep on sweepin’ in the meantime, pining over the one that’s left me smitten.