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Woohoo! The Simpsons on curling ice

It could have been bobsleigh.

It could have been hockey.

But in the end, The Simpsons will be curling… at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, no less.

And The Curling News has the first publicity release artwork.

The story is actually quite old by now. But if you haven’t heard, we’ll start at the beginning.

It was first revealed back in the summer of 2009 that The Simpsons, America’s longest-running TV comedy show (currently celebrating its 20th anniversary) had been researching and writing an Olympic episode in which Homer and Marge Simpson team up to represent the U.S. at this month’s Olympic curling competition.

The writers even visited a California curling club to experience the sport firsthand.

A second story from the Associated Press, in January, revisited the story.

Now The Curling News was the first media organization to receive the first publicity image of the episode Boy Meets Curl, which airs February 14 at 8:00pm ET on FOX (in the U.S.) and Global (in Canada). Click on the image to increase its size.

Another image now making the rounds shows U.S. sports TV announcer Bob Costas leaning into the frame.

Speaking personally, we can’t wait. This might end up representing curling’s high-water pop-culture mark in a season that has been quite full of such highlights.

[The Simpsons TM and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.]

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