February 19, 2018 5:46 pm

Olympic curler’s husband settles nerves of event with beer: ‘I’m not a drunk, I’m just Canadian’

Canada's skip Rachel Homan, center, launches the stone during their women's curling match against Japan at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.

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The stress of watching his wife competing in the curling event at the Winter Olympics has driven one Canadian to have a drink or two to settle his nerves.

Canadian skip Rachel Homan’s husband Shawn Germain was spotted double-fisting beers while his wife was facing Japan at the Pyeongchang Games early Tuesday morning.

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An eagle-eyed viewer was keeping score of his beer count while noting, “not all heroes wear capes.”

Germain moved toward cult hero status when he noted on Twitter: “You can judge all you want. The stress level is high, I’m not a drunk, I’m just Canadian.”

At least one Canadian said they were trying to keep up with him.

Reports circulated suggesting Germain missed the end of his wife’s win over Japan but he denies those reports.

Germain wasn’t the only Canadian spectator making a spectacle of himself at the Olympic bonspiel. Canadian Tomas Vidal also turned heads as he stripped down to his skivvies to support Canada.

Tomas Vidal poses for a photo in the curling venue of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games, in Gangneung on February 19, 2018.

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A former ECHL player, Germain may have realized his antics were stealing some of the spotlight from his better half.

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After a tough start in Pyeongchang, Homan’s team has won three straight to lift their record to 3-3, moving into 6th place.

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“We had to let go of the past and focus on the present, one game and one shot at the time,” said Homan of the turnaround. “Stay in the moment, but still enjoying our time here and our experience as Olympians. I’m really proud that we’re here representing Canada and we’re going to give it our all and leave it out there.”

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Canada plays China on Tuesday and Great Britain on Wednesday to close out the round-robin portion of the event.

*With files from Canadian Press

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