BEIJING (AP) — The only things louder than the shouting in the Olympic curling venue are the shoes that Matt Hamilton brought with him to Beijing.
The mustachioed American is representing the red, white and blue in a pair of Nikes that feature virtually every color under the sun.
There is a photograph from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics that captured curling fans’ hearts worldwide. In it, Canadian curler John Morris and American rival Matt Hamilton sit side by side, arms draped around each others’ shoulders, grinning faces inches apart, beer cans mid-clink.
American Chris Plys will have two chances to take home a curling medal from the Beijing Olympics.
The only member of the 2022 U.S. men’s team who wasn’t a part of the gold medal-winning foursome in Pyeongchang, Plys also qualified for the mixed doubles field on Thursday along with Vicky Persinger.