SI: Have you seenother athletes in Turin who have white hair?
Baird: All thecoaches do. But I did see a couple of athletes so I'm not alone [laughs].
SI: When did youlearn you were the oldest Winter Olympian?
Baird: Not untilright before our first press conference in Turin. I was stunned. I'm thinking,Wow, I wonder how big a media event this is going to be.
February 27, 2006
SI: Your youngerteammates have razzed you a bit. What's the best one you've heard?
Baird: Now andthen they'll jab me with "the old wily veteran."
SI: You and yourwife, Lynn, play in a mixed Monday night curling league in Bemidji. What do thewinners get?
Baird: Sometimeswe get a little trophy at the end of the year. Or a $10 or $15 gift certificatefor a night out.
SI: How wouldMonday Night Curling do on ESPN?
Baird: With theright announcers, it might be exciting. I don't know if you can show a whole 21/2 hours. But you could do a scaled-down version and keep the country'sinterest for a while.
SI: The oldestOlympian ever was Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who was 72 when he competed in shootingat the 1920 Summer Games. Oscar's going down, right?
Baird: Absolutelynot. I'm not planning to shoot for 2010. But if I can be an inspiration to anysports enthusiast, I'm happy. If you still have passion and are in goodphysical condition, you gotta go for it.
SI: Let's hearsome curling trash talk.
Baird: Well, if aperson missed a shot, you could say, "Gee, were you throwing the in turn orthe out turn?" You could really jab them with that one!
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