TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Russian curling duo Alexander Krushelnitskiy and Anastasia Bryzgalova have made history as they secured Russia's first ever Olympic medal in the sport, claiming a bronze with a 8-4 win over Norway.
The mixed doubles, where each team consists of a male and a female athlete, is making its debut at the Olympics this year. The Russian pair have already won two world championships, in 2010 and 2016, since the International Curling Federation introduced the discipline into the circuit in 2008.
On Monday, Bryzgalova and Krushelnitskiy, both aged 25, failed to clinch a spot in the finals after losing a dramatic game to the reigning world champions Jenny Perret and Martin Rios from Switzerland, 5 to 7.
The Russian duo are not just paired on the ice – they’re a couple in real life too. Alexander and Anastasia have been married since summer last year. Besides their curling prowess, however, it was Bryzgalova’s looks that sent the Twittersphere into overdrive and grabbed tabloid headlines worldwide.
Anastasia has been compared to beauty icons like Angelina Jolie and Megan Fox, with many commenters claiming the sudden interest in curling is largely thanks to her appearance.