SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Whether their wacky pants are on or off, Norway's men's curling team can't stop causing a stir.
The hippest team at the Sochi Olympics was pictured in one of their country's national newspapers posing — in the middle of the day and in the middle of the Olympic Park — with no pants on.
All the four curlers had on below the waist was a pair of boxer shorts, socks and trainers.
They were asked to pull the stunt to highlight a directive, laid down by the Norwegian Olympic Committee, which prevents the team from wearing its competition clothing outside the curling arena. When they aren't curling, they have to wear attire sponsored by the Norway team's official clothing supplier, Phenix.
One of the curlers, Thomas Ulsrud, says it was not a protest, just "a bit of fun."
"A Norwegian newspaper wanted to take a picture of the four of us guys (in their pants) away from the curling," he says. "We said we have some rules in the Olympics, so we aren't allowed to do that. So they asked could they have a picture without pants.
"I said 'Sure, I have great legs.'"