'I'm not drunk, I'm just Canadian' - husband of curler defends excessive drinking

When it comes to women's curling at the Olympics, there has been one constant since it become a medal sport in 1998: Canada has always made it to the medal round.

If the Canadians reach the medal round, the stakes will be higher and nerves will be taut.

The dramatic game between Team Homan and Team Fujisawa had everyone in the stands glued to their seat - everyone but Homan's husband. "They did their best, they did what they can do, maybe it's not as well as they've played, but these teams are playing well against them".

The first pressure-packed test comes Wednesday morning in South Korea (Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET) against Great Britain.

With a record of 3-4, the Canadian curling team is on the brink of missing the semifinals. "The improvement from Vancouver to Sochi, Sochi to here is unbelievable".

Thinking her team could benefit from his tactical and strategic expertise, Muirhead asked Howard via email in the spring of 2016 to consider coaching them.

"We control our own destiny so if we come out and win then we are in a decent spot", Canadian third Emma Miskew said.

"Canadians have to understand that these teams outside of Canada are really good and it's becoming more and more apparent", said Howard.

Eve Muirhead initiated the rally for Great Britain. It's been incredible. To panic and say something like that I think is ridiculous. "But now I can't".

"Everyone thinks it's unknown territory for us, but we've definitely grinded it out before", she said.

What makes this moment even better though, is that Germain allegedly missed the end of the match as Canada picked up the 8-3 win, because, wait for it. he was getting beers. He has won the title on four occasions - the last two as a skip - and went on to win the world championship each time.

"Not as big as people are making it out to be", Sonnenberg said.

"There's a lot of weight, that Maple Leaf is heavy". It's just cause past year we went undefeated at the worlds, everyone thinks that it's unknown territory. "It's hard to do sometimes because you know those other teams are coming for you". "Whatever they feel they're missing in their game, they're going to find it and they're bringing it in". "Who would have thought certain countries would do as well as they did?"

And so now, after spending his entire life curling in Canada and winning for Canada, Howard is trying to beat Canada.

Canada led 4-2 at the end of the opening seven ends, after Team GB started the slower of the teams but significantly they managed to restrict their opponents to one point in the ninth end. "The parity across the world in curling has never been more apparent than it is right now".

"That's just the way it is now", he says.

  • Rosalie Stanley