The Curling Dude Abides

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The word is out, just prior to today's Olympic curling men's draw.

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Chris Plys, the young man we first noticed two years ago and declared to be "Dude"... is going in.

The former world junior champion, seen here throwing Olympic practice stones with Team USA, is off the bench and into the lineup at skip position for today's match against France.

Plys will throw third stones, with regular third Jason Smith throwing last rocks.

As this AP story reports, the decision was made by team coach Phill Drobnick Thursday night.

Some blogthoughts from TCN/Canwest scribe Al Cameron can be found here.

Good luck Dude!

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