The world has fallen in love with this Russian curler...for pretty obvious reasons

Coleman Bentley
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The world has fallen in love with this Russian curler...for pretty obvious reasons
The world has fallen in love with this Russian curler...for pretty obvious reasons

Every four years, the world falls head over heels for curling—a combination of bocce, bowling, and hockey so bizarre and so niche that everyone can't help but stop and stare. This year the fixation has reached an ice-pebbling (CURLING TERM ALERT ) pitch, producing two brand-new superstars in the process. The first is American Matt Hamilton, who captured the internet's heart because he looks EXACTLY like Mario...

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...and the second is Olympic Athlete From Russia Anastasia Bryzgalova, who has become a global phenomenon because she looks absolutely NOTHING like Mario.

<h1 class="title">Curling - Winter Olympics Day -1</h1> <cite class="credit">Ronald Martinez</cite>

Curling - Winter Olympics Day -1

Ronald Martinez
<h1 class="title">Curling - Winter Olympics Day 4</h1> <div class="caption"> GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russia delivers a stone against Norway during the Curling Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Game on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 13, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </div> <cite class="credit">Ronald Martinez</cite>

Curling - Winter Olympics Day 4

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russia delivers a stone against Norway during the Curling Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Game on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 13, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez
<h1 class="title">Curling - Winter Olympics Day - 1</h1> <div class="caption"> GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 8: Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russia looks on during her game against Finland in the Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin Session 2 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 8, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) </div> <cite class="credit">Maddie Meyer</cite>

Curling - Winter Olympics Day - 1

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 8: Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russia looks on during her game against Finland in the Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin Session 2 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 8, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Maddie Meyer

Before you ask, no, she's not a plant, nor a cyborg, nor a reincarnation of a long-lost Romanov princess. She's just a badass curler—the 2016 World Mixed Doubles champion with husband and curling partner Alexander Krushelnitskiy (stay out of those DMs, fellas)—who happens to be easy-like-Sunday-morning on the eyes. Being the good patriots we are, we'll still be pulling for Matt and Becca Hamilton (Matt's sister and mixed doubles partner) on the ice, of course, but when it comes to Instagram, Anastasia gets the gold:

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