Rachel Homan brought the Canadian women’s curling team back into playoff contention with an 8-3 win over Japan in PyeongChang.
The dramatic game between Team Homan and Team Fujisawa had everyone in the stands glued to their seat — everyone but Homan’s husband.
In the first four highly-uncertain ends he could be seen drinking beers — yes, at 9 a.m. local time — and pacing back and forth in the stands. Chalk it up to a nervous husband watching his wife compete in a must-win scenario.
— Bob Richardson (@Rb_richardson) February 19, 2018
Favourite Olympic moment so far: Canadian curler Rachel Homan's husband double-fisting his third and fourth beers while watching his wife compete against Japan. It's 9am in Korea. Not all heroes wear capes. #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/jzrVsu06Vi
— Ben Johnson (@Ben_T_Johnson) February 19, 2018
But this is where things get interesting.
With a shot that would surely take the edge off, Homan stole four in the fifth end, giving Canada the commanding lead. Then after Japan answered with a deuce, Homan scored two points in the seventh, prompting her opponent to concede.
The celebration was on, but Homan’s nervous husband was nowhere to be seen.
I saw that. Pretty sure he missed the end of the game because he was in line for beer! Most Canadian moment ever.
— J R Manning (@J_R_Manning) February 19, 2018
Best part was that he was out getting beers when the Japanese team conceded, came back in and the match was over.
— Andykat (@andykat2) February 19, 2018
That’s right. Homan’s husband Shawn Germain, an ex-hockey player, was out getting his third and fourth beers when Team Fujisawa conceded. He strolled back into the arena, seemingly unaware that the job was done, with a beer in each hand — oops!
You can judge all you want. The stress level is high, I’m not a drunk, I’m just Canadian. #WeBelieve
— Shawn Germain (@GermainShawn) February 19, 2018
But Canadians back home took to Twitter to show their support for the very-stressed-looking-husband.
Because hey, when it’s 9 a.m. in PyeongChang it’s 7 p.m. in Toronto, and a few beers seem to make sense to calm the nerves.
— Derek Nighbor (@DerekNighbor) February 19, 2018
— Dana Dirks (@danadirks48) February 19, 2018
Good old Canadian boy here supporting his wife. High stress situation.
— Trevor Ogrodnick (@togrodnick) February 19, 2018
— Brittany Hennig (@AgGirl_BHennig) February 19, 2018
The win put Canada into a tie for fourth place with China and Britain. Team Canada will play the Chinese on Tuesday and Britain on Wednesday to close out the event’s round-robin.
Women’s curling semifinals will take place on Feb. 23, with the tournament concluding the next day.
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