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article imageNorwegian Olympic Curlers' Pants Raising Money for Charity

By Caroline Menzies     Feb 28, 2010 in Sports
The Harlequin style outfits worn by the Norwegian Men's Curling Team at the Olympics raised many eyebrows. Now they are raising money for an American charity.
The Norway men's curling team made a huge splash at the Olympics with their audacious and colourful pants, sporting blue, white and red diamonds. You either love or you hate em. One MSN site calls them distracting, ugly and unflattering. But a Facebook page in their honour now has over half a million fans.
The site was setup and is managed by Tony D'Orazio who at first hoped to attract just a few of his friends. D'Orazio, a curler himself, has now received an official thank you from the Norwegian team for his support. When an offer came from makers of the crazy pants, Loudmouth Golf, to give him money to put a link on the Facebook page, D'Orazio offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to an American charity in honour of Katie Beck, a curling hopeful who died of cancer at the age of 24.
Tony D Orazio  who manages the Facebook  pants  site that has so far garnered half a million fans  a...
Tony D'Orazio, who manages the Facebook "pants" site that has so far garnered half a million fans, and launched a campaign to donate proceeds from pant sales to a charity.
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Scott Woodworth designed the pants a decade ago and went on to found the company, Loudmouth Golf. After having no luck at finding "loud" pants so he could "make a statement" while playing golf, he went into a fabric shop and spotted appropriately bold patterns in the children's area. He then asked a seamstress to stitch a pair with the wild fabric he found. When his landlord remarked that they were ugly, and others reacted strongly - some for, some against them, he knew that he had a hit. Woodworth began designing his own patterns in 2007.
Executives from Loudmouth Golf wearing the pants.
Executives from Loudmouth Golf wearing the pants.
Courtesy Scott Sprague
To get a pair, with part of the proceeds going to the Omaha charity, Katie Beck Memorial Fund, use this link.
Norway won the silver medal at this year's Olympics.
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