Chinese curler Xu Xiaoming roots against wife, South Korean curler Kim Ji-sun, at Olympics

"Through curling we have a lot of interaction with the Chinese female team, so I would be very happy if they won," he says.
By Evan Bleier   |   Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM   |   Comments

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SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Married Olympic curlers Xu Xiaoming and Kim Ji-sun are lucky enough to both be in Sochi and have the opportunity to spend Valentine’s Day together.

There’s just one problem:

Xu is on the Chinese team and Kim is on the South Korean squad.

Kim and Xu married in May after meeting on a Chinese curling rink in 2007, and this is the first Valentine’s Day they will have the chance to spend time together as a married couple.

Unfortunately, Kim’s South Korean women’s team took on China on Friday and Xu said he was going to be rooting for his homeland.

“I think the Chinese team is very strong,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “Through curling we have a lot of interaction with the Chinese female team, so I would be very happy if they won.”

In this regard, Kim clearly is Xu’s better half.

“Of course I would cheer for the Korean team because those are my countrymen,” Kim said. “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.”

If they have a couch, Xu might find himself sleeping on it after China defeated Kim’s team 11-3 on Friday.

[Washington Post]
[Sochi 2014]

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