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At the Sochi Olympics, Canadians went bananas for the men's and women's hockey teams, both of which took home gold medals. But they weren't the only Canadian ice-sport teams to sweep their respective events (pun only kind of intended?). The men's and women's curling teams both won gold at Sochi too, and with it the hearts of the nation.
Manitoba's own Jennifer Jones, skip of the gold-winning womens curling team, will be in the red chair tonight, April 2 at 7 p.m. on CBC.
Jones's win was particularly impressive because she and her teammates went undeafeated throughout the Olympic tournament, the first time anyone's ever pulled that off in the women's competition. That feat got us thinking about other cool things that have happened in the sport — and not just on the ice. In the list below, you'll find five of the best — and most unlikely — pop culture moments in curling.
The Tragically Hip Soundtrack
When Men With Brooms came out in 2002, the Canadian movie threatened to make curling really, legitimately cool. It had Paul Gross, Leslie Nielson and a whole lot of leather jackets. But what really gave the movie its cool factor was a brief cameo from The Tragically Hip — one of Canada's greatest all-time rock bands. The band also lent three songs to the soundtrack: "Oh Honey," "Throwing Off Glass" and "Silver Road" (which was recorded with Sarah Harmer).
Will Ferrell Commentary
In the leadup to the release of Anchorman 2, Ferrell went on a long press tour for which he made several appearances as his character, the inappropriate loudmouth news anchor Ron Burgundy. One of his stops was at the Canadian curling trials in Winnipeg, where he joined TSN as an announcer for the tournament.
David Attenborough Narrates
As part of the BBC's coverage of the Olympic curling tournament, the British public broadcaster enlisted David Attenborough to make a parody video explaining the sport to non-fans. The video was in the style of Planet Earth, Attenborough's famed nature documentary series, and featured the filmmaker narrating the first few rocks of a curling match. It's worth watching the whole thing, which you can find here.
Zombies are definitely having a moment in pop culture, taking over nearly everything they can get their undead hands on. But curling? Not curling too! Well, in Deadspiel, a short film by Canadian filmmaker Pat Corcoran, they take over a curling match, too.