Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Curling doesn’t appear to be a sport of much physical demand. Athletes move very little, don’t need to pick up anything particularly heavy, nor is anything especially explosive. Their movements are eased by the fact that they’re gliding or kneeling across the ice, though perhaps the sweeping could be a bit of an arm workout.

Aside from that, though, curling is not exactly a calorie burner.

And yet, many of the curlers in this year’s Olympic Games are undoubtedly very fit individuals. The Russian women’s team has turned heads, while Aleksandr Krushelnitckii may be more well known at this point for his biceps as his bronze medal.

Curlers aren’t the first athletes to remain exceptionally fit while playing a sport that doesn’t require a tremendous amount of physical exertion. Kickers and punters in the NFL have clearly been spending more time in the weight room (thank Steve Weatherford for that). Heck, even the refs are getting more muscular.

<p>Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and Canada’s John Morris celebrate winning the curling mixed doubles gold medal game between Canada and Switzerland during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and Canada’s John Morris celebrate winning the curling mixed doubles gold medal game between Canada and Switzerland during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

<p>Canada’s Brent Laing (L)and Ben Hebert brush in front of the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Canada and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018 </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Canada’s Brent Laing (L)and Ben Hebert brush in front of the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Canada and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018

<p>Canada’s John Morris celebrates winning the curling mixed doubles gold medal. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Canada’s John Morris celebrates winning the curling mixed doubles gold medal.

<p>Lauren Gray, Vicki Adams and Anna Sloan of Great Britain compete during the Curling Women’s Round Robin Session 2 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Lauren Gray, Vicki Adams and Anna Sloan of Great Britain compete during the Curling Women’s Round Robin Session 2 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

<p>Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii of Olympic Athletes from Russia have made headlines for their play and their looks. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii of Olympic Athletes from Russia have made headlines for their play and their looks.

<p>Sweden’s Niklas Edin reacts during the curling men’s round robin session between Denmark and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Sweden’s Niklas Edin reacts during the curling men’s round robin session between Denmark and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

<p>Havard Vad Petersson, Christoffer Svae, Thomas Ulsrud and Torger Nergard of Norway compete in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Havard Vad Petersson, Christoffer Svae, Thomas Ulsrud and Torger Nergard of Norway compete in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

<p>Oliver Dupont, Mikkel Poulsen, Johnny Frederiksen and Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark compete in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Oliver Dupont, Mikkel Poulsen, Johnny Frederiksen and Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark compete in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea

<p>Niklas Edin of Sweden competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Niklas Edin of Sweden competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

<p>Aleksandr Krushelnitckii doesn’t appear to miss too many arms days in the gym. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Aleksandr Krushelnitckii doesn’t appear to miss too many arms days in the gym.

<p>Kosuke Morozumi of Japan delivers a stone during the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 3 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Kosuke Morozumi of Japan delivers a stone during the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 3 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

<p>Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi of Japan waves to the crowd after Japan defeated Great Britain during the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 3 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi of Japan waves to the crowd after Japan defeated Great Britain during the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 3 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea

<p>Matt Hamilton of the U.S. has drawn comparisons to Ron Swanson and Mario. Either way, his gym routine seems to be working. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Matt Hamilton of the U.S. has drawn comparisons to Ron Swanson and Mario. Either way, his gym routine seems to be working.

<p>Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi of Japan competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 5 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi of Japan competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 5 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

<p>Japan’s Tetsuro Shimizu (R) brushes in front of the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Japan and Italy during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018 </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Japan’s Tetsuro Shimizu (R) brushes in front of the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Japan and Italy during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018

<p>Canada’s Marc Kennedy throws the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Canada and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018 </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Canada’s Marc Kennedy throws the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Canada and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018

<p>Canada’s Marc Kennedy throws the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Canada and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Canada’s Marc Kennedy throws the stone during the curling men’s round robin session between Canada and Sweden during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung on February 17, 2018.

<p>Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi of Japan competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 5 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi of Japan competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 5 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

<p>Thomas Ulsrud of Norway competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. </p>
Olympic curlers: Fitter than you think

Thomas Ulsrud of Norway competes in the Curling Men’s Round Robin Session 4 held at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 16, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

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