Team Denmark in Vancouver

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The Danes have arrived in Vancouver!

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Here's second Lars Vilandt – who also works for the Danish Curling Association – with the weight of the Olympic world on his shoulders.

The Danes are a tad late arriving due to their national championships, which were held last weekend to declare the Danish representatives for the worlds in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy in April.

Vilandt's team, skipped by veteran Ulrik Schmidt, won the championship.

The Danes won't be staying in the Olympic village too long – soon they are off to nearby Langley, BC for training on Feb. 11 and 13, returning to Vancouver on the 12th for the Opening Ceremonies (but of course).

Included in their warm-ups will be a friendly exhibition match against Marla Mallet and her 2009 B.C. women's champions, who lost the final to repeat Canadian winner Jennifer Jones. That game takes place tomorrow, Feb. 11 at the Langley Curling Club at 8:00pm.

Another exhibition game is scheduled for 3:00pm on Feb. 13 against the BC junior men's champions, the Tyler Klymchuk squad from Langley. Team Denmark will be available to meet the public and sign autographs an hour before that match, at 2:00pm.

[Lars Vilandt photo, click to enlarge]