Winter Paralympics: 'Wheelchairs curling, more cooler!' says aficionado Mr T

Mr T tweeted about his love of unfashionable curling throughout February's Winter Olympics.
Mr T tweeted about his love of unfashionable curling throughout February's Winter Olympics.PHOTO: REUTERS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AFP) - Curling-mad Mr T swung back into action on Monday to support his favourite sport - firing off a volley of tweets urging his followers to watch wheelchair curling at the Winter Paralympics.

Mr T, who made his name playing big-hearted tough man B.A. Baracus in 1980s TV hit The A-Team, tweeted about his love of unfashionable curling throughout February's Winter Olympics.

The retired American wrestler is also following this month's Paralympics in Pyeongchang closely, in particular the version of curling adapted for disabled athletes.

"Wheelchair curling! This is my first time ever watching wheelchairs curling!" tweeted Mr T, known for his gold chains and mohican haircut.

"I said it before and I'll say it again.. curling is cool fool! But wheelchairs curling, more cooler!"

Wheelchair curling is similar to curling at the Winter Olympics with one major difference - no sweeping is allowed.

The Paralympic teams are mixed, unlike at the Olympics where there are separate male and female teams.

Mr T also sent out a flurry of tweets to his 232,000 followers expressing admiration for the disabled athletes in Pyeongchang, such as: "I am so inspired by these Paralympians!"

"Knowing the athletes' stories and backgrounds, you won't ever hear me complaining again! I would pity myself if I did," said the 65-year-old, whose real name is Lawrence Tureaud.

Ahead of the United States men's curling team's final against Sweden in the Winter Olympics, Mr T called the players to offer his encouragement. The team went on to win their country's first Olympic men's curling title.

The US are also competing at the Winter Paralympics.