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SOCHI SCENE: Norwegian threads

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Photo - Norway's Haavard Vad Petersson, center, releases the rock to his sweepers Christoffer Svae, left, and Torger Nergaard during men's curling competition against Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Norway's Haavard Vad Petersson, center, releases the rock to his sweepers Christoffer Svae, left, and Torger Nergaard during men's curling competition against Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Four years on from the Vancouver Olympics, Norway's men's curlers haven't lost their taste for fashion.

The Norwegians were the talk of the 2010 Games for wearing a range of funky, diamond-printed pants during their games. And they have emerged for their first competitive games of the Sochi Olympics — against the United States on Monday and Russia on Tuesday — with more eye-catching patterns on their pants.

First, they donned the Ice Blocks range — a mixture of red, white, blue and gray squares and shapes. Then against the Russians, the pattern was red-and-blue splattered paint.

Whisper it, but it was something of a let-down. Because for their practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday, the team wore flat caps, soccer socks from the Norwegian national team and flowery knee-length knickers.

Maybe they're saving that outfit for the final.

— By Steve Douglas — Twitter http://twitter.com/sdouglas80

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