Danish curler supports sisters and fiancé at Olympic Winter Games

  • Oliver Dupont Photo © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

There will be one particularly nervous spectator watching Monday night's match-up between Denmark and the Olympic Athlete from Russia team (OAR).

Oliver Dupont - lead for the Danish men's curling team, also competing at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 - went through a whirlwind of emotions at the Olympic Qualification Event in Czech Republic where not only he earned his spot in PyeongChang, but his two sisters as well.

A few weeks later, he flew to Sochi to go through it all again with his fiancé, Victoria Moiseeva, skip of OAR. Moiseeva faced off against Anna Sidorova in a best of seven series to qualify for her first ever Olympic Winter Games.

"Being in Czech Republic with my sisters and watching them qualify [pictured above with Madeleine © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik] just before us was really emotional because to be honest, they didn't expect it. So, it was a really emotional day. Then I went to Russia to watch Victoria's team qualify and that was even more emotional. It was only me in the spectators [stand] and even I cried," said Dupont.

The two first met at a World Curling Federation curling camp years ago, and then faced each other in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 years later.
The following year, Moiseeva and her team won the European Championship [pictured right © WCF / Jeffrey Au], where Dupont cheered from the stands.

"I think my result happened because he was there to support me. We're trying to support each other and watch every game," said Moiseeva.

The two are set to tie the knot this June, in Moiseeva's hometown of St. Petersburg in Russia, but don't have any plans for after the wedding. "Less than four months!" Dupont said. "It's a pretty exciting year, Olympics and getting married and everything, it's a lot."

Thanks to a busy curling schedule, the two manage the distance to the best of their abilities.

"It's pretty hard, but I'm never home anyways. So, it's always going to be a distance relationship for me. This has been the toughest of all because now we are engaged and we want to see each other more but we can't. Sometimes it's three months in between seeing each other but it makes the next meeting even more exciting," Moiseeva said.

While at the Games, the two are focused on their own teams, only running into each other in-between games. Oliver undoubtedly will be watching the match between his sisters and his fiancé with one eye open, although is happy regardless of the outcome.

"It's going to be a tough one. No matter what, they are here and they are doing their best. They know each other so well, both on ice and off ice. They have played each other a few times this year, I think it's one win for each. It will be an exciting game," he said.

The back-end of the Danish team is made up of the Dupont sisters, Madeleine and Denise. Madeleine agreed it's special to be at the Olympic Winter Games in the first place, let alone with her brother. "We qualified hours before him. Just to see him qualify as well; he's been working for it for so many years so that was perfect."
[Dupont siblings pictured above © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik]

Denmark and OAR are set to play in the ninth round-robin session at 20:05 (Korean Standard Time), where Dupont is guaranteed not to be the only spectator in the stand, this time.

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by feature writer, Emily Dwyer