SI: Have you seen
other athletes in Turin who have white hair?
Baird: All the
coaches do. But I did see a couple of athletes so I'm not alone [laughs].
SI: When did you
learn you were the oldest Winter Olympian?
Baird: Not until
right 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.
SI: Your younger
teammates have razzed you a bit. What's the best one you've heard?
Baird: Now and
then they'll jab me with "the old wily veteran."
SI: You and your
wife, Lynn, play in a mixed Monday night curling league in Bemidji. What do the
we get a little trophy at the end of the year. Or a $10 or $15 gift certificate
for a night out.
SI: How would
Monday Night Curling do on ESPN?
Baird: With the
right announcers, it might be exciting. I don't know if you can show a whole 2
1/2 hours. But you could do a scaled-down version and keep the country's
interest for a while.