United States' Matt Hamilton sweeps the ice as his teammate and sister Becca watches, during a mixed double curling match against Olympic Athletes from Russia Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung. Photo: AP Photo

PYEONGCHANG The United States men's curling team go into their Olympic final later Saturday in Pyeongchang with the encouragement of their biggest fan ringing in their ears  the curling-mad Mr. T.

Team USA play Sweden for the gold medal and retired wrestler Mr. T, who made his name playing big-hearted toughman B.A. Baracus in 1980s TV hit "The A-Team", will be cheering them on from his sofa with some iced tea in his hand.

The 2018 team are already the most successful US curling side in Olympic history, even if they lose the final and settle for silver.

"I'm your biggest fan back here in the USA," the 65-year-old Mr. T, who also played boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film "Rocky III", told the US curlers, according to a video of the call posted on Twitter by the team.

Mr. T added: "I know what you are doing and I understand the athletic ability that it takes."

Tyler George, one of the Team USA curlers, later tweeted to say: "Huge thanks to unofficial team captain Mr. T for calling in for pep talk just now!! 

"I'm ready to run through a wall."

Mr. T, with his gold chains and mohican haircut, has become an unlikely cheerleader for the unfashionable sport of curling, tweeting his love for the game throughout the fortnight of the Olympics.

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