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Alicia Vikander respects Olympic curling after failing herself: "I was like a Bambi on ice"

2018.02.27 03:37

Alicia Vikander hails from Sweden, the country whose mens team lost to the Americans in the dramatic Olympic curling final on Friday.

But Vikander has nothing but respect for the American team who took home the gold medal against all odds in a historic event dubbed "The MiraCurl on Ice."

"I love that curling is becoming a sexy sport," Vikander tells USA TODAY while promoting her new role as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (opening March 16).

Vikander points out that the ice sport is incredibly difficult. While she mastered martial arts and gained 12 pounds of muscle for her role as the explorer Croft, Vikander says she was a total flop curling with friends.

"I was like Bambi on the ice, I fell over a lot," says Vikander. "And I always ended up smashing (the curling rock) against the wall. Its so delicate, the amount of force required."

Vikander has been a fan of Swedish Olympic curling efforts in the past. Their mens team took a bronze medal in 2014, while the womens team has won gold in 2006, 2010 and took silver in 2014.

"It’s very addictive to watch," says Vikander.

She found herself in the same situation as many Americans, learning the rules.

"When we were doing well, I was like, I need to learn about curling. I didn’t know anything about it. And then I was totally watching the finals. One year I had to set my alarm to watch the finals at 2 a.m," she says.

Either way, Vikander believes anyone performing at that high level of sport deserves major credit.

"Whoever is competing at the Olympics is really a superhero," she says.

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