Canada's 'Buff Boys' up 2-0 at Worlds

Canada's skip Brad Jacobs watches the line of the rock during their game against Finland at the...

Canada's skip Brad Jacobs watches the line of the rock during their game against Finland at the World Men's Curling Championships in Victoria on Sunday. In the background is an Inukshuk, a stone landmark or cairn used by the Inuit, on display made of driftwood. Andy Clark/Reuters

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

EDMONTON -  It's definitely not old time curling.

This used to be a "win or lose, stick with the booze" sport where late nights were part and parcel of proceedings, not a sport which might inspire a tweet like the one Ryan Harden sent out at the crack of dawn on Easter Sunday.

"@RyanTHarnden - 6am team workout before our game."

It was a 9 a.m. morning draw at the Ford world men's curling championship against Finland and Canada's so called "Buff Boys" from Sault Ste. Marie were in the gym at 6 a.m. at the old Empress Hotel, a place where little old ladies enjoying High Tea is a tradition.

Ryan and brother E.J. Harnden are the son of Eric and nephew of Al, who finished third in the 1990 Brier in their home town of Sault Ste. Marie.

This is not something older Harndens would have done.

"Oh, no," said Ryan. "They were probably getting up an hour before the game back then."

 


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