Curling is a baffling sport for Americans. Despite Mr. T's passionate defense of that game with brooms and a rock, we remain ignorant and confused. And the Norwegian curling team's insanely fancy pants aren't clarifying anything.
If you haven't seen them yet, they're a likely candidate for greatest pants ever worn in competition, and possibly for greatest pants of all time.
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In the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Norwegians made their Olympic-fashion innovation. Curling pants had previously been decidedly unfancy. Curlers mostly wore black -- a serious color for the serious task of brushing ice in front of a sliding rock.
But that year, Norway showed up and dressed up. The team wore fantastically ugly argyle pants with diamonds in the colors of the Norweigan flag: red, indigo, and white. At Sochi 2014, the team brought even more patterns: zigzags and swirls and flag-prints and florals. While they didn't place in 2014, their bold looks lead to a Facebook group honoring the fancy pants. As of Monday, it has 484,836 members, which is both staggering and entirely understandable.
More varieties of fancy pants will be revealed as the tournament progresses, so you better hope they sweep (no pun intended) the competition this year so we can get the Olympic fashion show we deserve.
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James Chrisman is a News Writer at Thrillist who believes making snow angels should be the marquee event of the Winter Games. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @james_chrisman2.