WE all indulge in a little guilty pleasure now and again.
It could be anything from randomly belting out cheesy love songs to watching Dirty Dancing on DVD – or even digging into our favourite ice-cream straight out of the tub!
But for Danish women’s and mixed doubles player Christinna Pedersen (pic) it’s watching the hit American TV series Modern Family.
“Travelling to different cities all year round can get a little bit monotonous at times ... so, it’s nice to be able to unwind in front of the TV,” said Pedersen.
“I like to watch movies and TV shows – my favourite now is Modern Family.”
The premise of the show, currently in its fifth season, revolves around Jay Pritchett as the patriarch of a “modern family” made up of his wife much younger wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and new baby Fulgencio as well as his two other children from his previous marriage – Claire and Mitchell, played by Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson – and their respective families.
“I quite like the show, I think it’s really funny. I like Manny a lot. He’s just hilarious. You can have a good laugh ...” said the 27-year-old.
And much like the modern TV family that sticks together, the shuttler from Aalborg swiftly defended her mixed doubles partner Joachim Nielsen Fischer after the latter commented he played badly in their 17-21, 21-15, 21-18 come-from-behind win against Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Miyuki Maeda.
Fischer had said after the match that he didn’t play well and credited the win to Pedersen’s strong game.
But Pedersen was having none of it.
“He always does his best. Today, I think he had some trouble with his game but we were both helping each other to stay calm, especially after losing the first game,” said Pedersen.
Fischer and Pedersen, who paired up prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, struck bronze in London last year and also triumphed at the recent Maybank Malaysian Open.
“We all have off days. Sometimes, he doesn’t play well ... other times I don’t play well. We know our strengths and weaknesses and how to overcome them. Mainly it’s how we stay together that matters,” she said.