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Volume 60 Issue 4: February 2017

  • ONE YEAR TO GO

    Hall-of-fame columnist Terry Jones looks ahead to next year’s mammoth curlfest in Korea and wonders: Will Canada win any Olympic gold?
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  • “SPIRIT OF CURLING” IS NOT ENOUGH TO PROTECT US

    Rodger Schmidt says the sport just dodged a bullet, and the time to act is now

  • THE STOH PREVIEW

    A huge event preview, launching multiple videos and image galleries, published before the results of the Ontario STOH are known? You betcha…
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  • FEBRUARY CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    The sheer amount of curling available to watch in February is so enormous it forced its way onto a second page. Only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings
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  • CLUB CORNER: THE 40-60 AGE DEMOGRAPHIC

    Mark Inglis with his latest must-read column aimed at the continued health and welfare of your curling facility – read and learn

  • BERNARD, TEAM LAYCOCK PAY IT FORWARD

    Our columnist and one of our favourite teams are both giving back to the sport
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  • MORE CURLING DOPING SCANDAL

    The reaction, Paralympic medal concerns and the professor’s curling past

  • CURLING HARTUNGS SEND A STRONG RURAL MESSAGE

    Inside the town of Langenburg, Sask. and the Hartung curling family
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  • THE CURLING NEWS GOLD TRAIL

    We are the only ones to track every dollar won in the sport, regardless of event affiliation

  • CURLING’S NEW FRONTIER: THE UNITED STATES

    Warren Hansen: No other nation in the world is able to provide the same opportunity for growth and expansion
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  • B.C., ALBERTA TOP ONATRIANS (NORTH AND SOUTH)

    Roundup of the Canadian Junior shootout in Victoria
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  • MASTERWORKS? THE ART OF CURLING POSTERS

    A whack of colourful bonspiel adverts has caught our eye
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  • CURLERS: BRING YOUR EH! GAME

    This unabashedly “Canada and Curling” T-shirt is made for the nation’s 150th anniversary… and you simply must have it
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Threepeat Curling in Vegas

Follow #SamInVegas this week, starting Thursday

By Sam Corea

In 2013, I began seeing TV ads showing scenes of curling action cut with the bright lights of Sin City and an announcer asking the question “Curling in Vegas?”  Well, here we are four years later with the third edition of the Continental Cup of Curling in Las Vegas.  And here I go again to take in the Vegas curling experience for the third time, and for your benefit, dear reader.

It seems Las Vegas has become a permanent stop on the international curling event calendar. And it’s Canadian travellers who are supporting curling in Vegas, despite the lower value of the loonie, as they look for any reason to escape the winter cold to enjoy some desert sun and curling.  I am one of those Canadians this year, as the usually mild West Coast winter weather has been anything but balmy with sub-zero temperatures and half a dozen snowfalls in Vancouver since December. So, sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-teens, coupled with watching Team North America battle with Team World will help chase away the January blues.

In 2014, the teams were scouting each other in Vegas as that edition of the Continental Cup was held just weeks before the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Last year’s edition, in my view, suggested that the teams were more focused on friendly competition and fun.

This year, with the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games just 13 months away, organizers tell us the event is a chance for curling fans to get an advance look at many of the teams who will be chasing gold in South Korea (and we’ll have lots to say about that in future editions of The Curling News).

Of course, we’ve got some curlers who’ve been to many Continental Cups and the last two editions in Vegas. But there are many first-timers this year, so I’ll be looking to get their impressions of curling in the desert (along with Elvis and Marylin Monroe impersonators escorting them onto the ice) for my social media posts this week and weekend, which you can follow on two platforms: The Curling News Twitter feed and also on The Curling News Facebook page.

During last year’s Cup in Vegas, the former director of marketing for Tourism Nevada told me that Canadians love Nevada and they love curling, so hosting these events in the land of casinos, big buffets and showgirls is a natural fit. And the slogan adopted by those involved – Las Vegas Rocks – just seems to roll off the tip of the tongue.

Attendance for the 2016 Continental Cup topped 62,000 – the most people to ever watch a curling event in the United States.  Officials are gambling that the success of the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Cup events will result in even more bums in the seats in the spring of 2018, when the Orleans Arena hosts the Men’s World Curling Championship – soon after the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

I don’t think the novelty of being in an arena in Vegas filled with curling fans has worn off yet. In fact, as I tell folks I’m heading to Vegas for a curling competition, some still raise an eyebrow, but admit that it seems like something fun to do in January.