Ulsrud eager to face Martin

By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — Kevin Martin makes nothing of the fact it’s Norway again.

Eight years ago, it was a different guy when Pal Trulsen beat him for the gold.

Different pants, too.

Now, it’s Thomas Ulsrud and his Norway curlers — who wore loud, diamond jester pants throughout the round-robin and in their 7-5 semifinal win Thursday over Switzerand’s Ralph Stoeckli — who will face Martin’s Canadian rink in Saturday’s gold-medal game.

Ulsrud is eager for the matchup.

“It’s awesome to meet Martin in Canada in the final,” he said. “Playing in the Olympics in Canada is the ultimate for a curler. You are not going to play so many games in the Olympics in the final, so make the most of it.”

Ulsrud remembers being at home in Oslo eight years ago watching Trulsen win the gold.

“I was biting nails,” he said. “I remember hearing the lead Don Bartlett saying ‘It’s heavy. We need a

piece of it.’ And, all of a sudden, I’m saying ‘Norway is going to win!”

King Harald of Norway was in Vancouver to watch the team play the other day and was presented with a pair of their outlandish pants.

But Ulsrud doesn’t think the King will be here wearing his pants for the gold-medal game.

“The 50 k in cross country skiing is on that day. That’s his favorite sport and it’s very big in Norway.”

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca

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