"You said WHAT?!?!?" China's Xu Xiaoming, left, is in hot water with his Korean wife, Kim Ji-sun
Any husband who forgot to send a card or pick some flowers for his better half on Valentine's Day can now point to Chinese curler Xu Xiaoming to put his absent-mindedness in perspective. For Xu may just be the least romantic person on the face of the planet.
Xu is a member of China's 4-0 men's curling team, and his wife of nine months, Kim Ji-sun, captains South Korea's women's team.
Friday will mark their first Valentine's Day as a married couple. Kim's Facebook photo reportedly portrays the two canoodling on the ice together in their respective uniforms.
And that's where the romance between the two ends and a love for country takes over — at least from Xu's perspective.
According to the Washington Post, Xu will be openly rooting against his wife on Valentine's Day, instead cheering on the Chinese women against Kim's South Korean squad. Both teams enter Day 7 of the Sochi Olympics with a 2-2 record, so there could very well be medal implications on the line.
"I think the Chinese team is very strong," Xu said, predicting a win for his homeland.
"Through curling we have a lot of interaction with the Chinese female team, so I would be very happy if they won."
As you might expect, Kim isn't in total agreement with her husband, whom she met on Chinese ice in 2007.
"Of course I would cheer for the Korean team, because those are my countrymen," she countered.
"But I would at the same time be cheering for China because that is my husband. In the end, I would hope for my husband that he would win."
Sounds like someone might be sleeping on a sofa somewhere in the Olympic Village.
Then again, Xu might've pulled up a cultural defence. South Korea does celebrate Valentine's Day, although in a twist, it's the women who are supposed to ply the men with chocolates.
(The quid pro quo comes a month later on White Day, when the ladies are on the receiving end.)
However, while the westernised Hong Kong citizens get suckered into observing the event, China doesn't - although it does have an equivalent romantic day, called the Yuen Siu Festival.
And as luck would have it, notes the South China Morning Post, this year it just happens to fall on Valentine's Day.
Better hope that sofa is nice and comfy...
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