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Curling events a grind for the TV crew, too

The view inside a WCTV truck

By Luke Coley

EDMONTON – The round robin portion is a grind for the players; two games a day and it can take quite the toll both mentally and physically.

For some of us who are involved with the event, we too are having very long days. There are multiple days where many on the TV crew will be working all three draws. My role this week is as a commentator and by the end of the week I will have called 18 of the 22 draws. But I am not complaining… I love it!

There is always a short turnaround between draws but I find it important to stick to a familiar routine. After a quick meal between games, I head up to our booth and put together my notes on the game. For me, it is important to write down key information that I will refer to numerous times throughout the game. I make sure I have team rosters written down in my notepad with their current statistics throughout the championship.

Along with those stats, I put records as well as the other games on the ice and future opponents to be played for quick reference. Sometimes there isn’t time to reference a schedule in the moment and the more information I have at my disposal, the better.

After that I will normally head down to the ice and see if there is any anecdotes from curlers or icemakers. Sometimes it is a note from a coach from their last game or a unique tale of what they have done during their time in Edmonton. It is always nice to add insight from the people closest to the action.

As we get closer to the game, I will go over the start of the show with my partner to determine how we will approach the show and any interesting notes about the game. We also look at any unique information about players, the ice and what we should expect in game coming up. For example, this week Team Canada’s Geoff Walker is the only member of the team to not curl 100% in a game, including alternate Tom Sallows.

Next up, we watch practice and the teams throw their last stone draw challenge to determine hammer in the first end, we will go through a mic check with the truck and then await the opening stone. It is a blast to get to work with great people beside me like Canadian champ Alison Kreviazuk (now in Sweden), Olympians Ann Swisshelm (USA) and Hans Frauenlob (New Zealand) and the very talented broadcaster Alison Walker from Scotland.

As the round robin nears a conclusion, the playoff picture becomes clearer. For many countries, they may not make the playoffs but have qualified their country for the 2018 Olympics. Every outcome has to be calculated and changes every single draw as to how each nation ranks. The final day of round robin is always fun for those very reasons.

I hope you are enjoying the curling and if you have any questions or comments about the event or curling in general, I’d love to hear from you. I’m on Twitter @coleynotes and on Facebook at facebook.com/coleysnotes.

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March of time at curling worlds

By Luke Coley

EDMONTON – I always look forward to working at the world championships, but this year is extra special because the event is taking place in Edmonton, where I live.

 
It’s hard to walk into Northlands Coliseum without remembering the atmosphere during the 2005 Brier and 2007 men’s worlds. It still gives me chills as I remember the ovation for Team Randy Ferbey, winning their fourth Brier title at home, as the crowd was on their feet for that final shot by David Nedohin. The entire crowd singing the Canadian anthem while waving the Alberta flag.

Then to see Glenn Howard and Team Canada come out to a packed house wearing cowboy hats to a sea of Maple Leafs on clothes, hats
and flags.

How things have changed for curling and for me, since that world championship in ’07. Back then I was living the single life, working for CurlTV (remember that?) and covering my second world championship. Now I am doing commentary for the World Curling Federation and I have a lovely wife and two amazing children.

It’s been so much fun to bring them in and show them the experience of a world championship that I have now covered more than a dozen times.

Players that were participating at those ’05 and ’07 events are now on the coaching bench, like Peja Lindholm as national team coach for Sweden and Brier champ Marcel Rocque leading the Chinese team – in the same building in which he raised the Tankard for the fourth time. At this championship they are honouring all past champions to win major curling events in Edmonton, which includes Rocque’s part in the Ferbey Four win in 2005.

The World Curling Federation now also has a live YouTube channel – World Curling TV – that allows fans around the world to watch the live coverage throughout the event. There are two full broadcast trucks producing live coverage that is reaching 90 countries on TV and many more via the YouTube channel.

The building that is hosting this event will probably be the last curling event ever here as a new state-of-the-art arena, Rogers Place, has been built in Edmonton. While the Coliseum has seen its share of great curling moments, I am sure there will be new ones created as the championship continues through the week.

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Volume 60 Issue 6: April 2017

  • GREAT GUSHUES ME B’YS

    Hall-of-fame columnist Terry Jones dissects that amazing Brier in St. John’s and previews the worlds
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • SPORTSNET VERSUS TSN

    Matt Brouwer tracks the data and reveals which broadcaster is curling’s best friend
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • APRIL CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    Only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings of every curling match you can watch on TV or the interweb
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINKS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • PHOTOS OF THE YEAR

    Page after page after page of the best curling imagery from 2016-17
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES EXTRA PAGES WITH VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERIES (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • FROST WARNING

    Guest columnist Håvard (from Norway Pants fame) reveals how honest Gushue was, and issues a warning to authorities

  • WORLD WOMEN’S WRAPUP

    It was quite a show in Beijing, so let your click-fingers do the walking
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE WITH MULTIPLE VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERIES (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • CLUB CORNER: IN SUMMARY

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

  • PYEONGCHANG PREVIEW

    Guest columnist Kirk Muyres got an inside look at next year’s Olympic locales
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • IT’S OFFICIAL: CANADA CHALLENGE

    Robbie Gallaugher reveals how Canada will be challenged for its worlds berth in 2018

  • BY GEORGE, IT’S TYLER

    The inside scoop on the interesting third for Team USA in Edmonton
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE CURLING NEWS GOLD TRAIL

    We are the only ones to track every dollar won in the sport, regardless of event affiliation – and the money totals are just getting silly

  • 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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Volume 60 Issue 5: March 2017

  • YES B’Y: IT’S THE NEWFOUNDLAND BRIER

    Hall-of-fame columnist Terry Jones looks ahead to the Brier in St. John’s and gives his infamous predictions with odds
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • MORE PUGNACIOUS PROGNOSTICATIONS

    Three-time champion Wayne Middaugh – with wife Sherry batting cleanup – makes a bold claim as to who will win the Brier
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • PREPARING FOR THE NL BRIER

    Multiple nationals competitor Cathy Cunningham reveals all the excitement teeming on The Rock
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES AMAZING RETRO PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • STOH IN ST. CATHARINES

    What really happened at the Canadian women’s championship, and why it matters
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE WITH MULTIPLE VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERIES (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • MARCH CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    Only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings of every curling match you can watch on TV or the interweb
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINKS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • CLUB CORNER: THE 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

  • GUESS WHICH UGLY ARGUMENT AIN’T GOING AWAY

    Warren Hansen recalls the infamous athlete cresting issue and why outstanding concerns need to be addressed
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 3,533 CURLING GAMES AND COUNTING

    Meet the man who has tracked every single curling game he’s ever played – and intends to make it to 5,000
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • HOW JUNIOR CURLING GOT A SLAM SERIES

    The inside scoop on an eye-opening junior high-performance initiative
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE CURLING NEWS GOLD TRAIL

    We are the only ones to track every dollar won in the sport, regardless of event affiliation – and the money totals are rising and rising

  • BREAKING NEWS: WE HAVE CURLING’S BEST NEW STATISTIC

    Prepare yourself, curling world – wDF is here
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • WORLD JUNIORS IN KOREA

    The official test event of the PyongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE LAUNCHES VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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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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?
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • “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…
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE WITH MULTIPLE VIDEOS AND PHOTO GALLERIES (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINKS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO AND MULTIPLE PHOTO GALLERIES (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • B.C., ALBERTA TOP ONATRIANS (NORTH AND SOUTH)

    Roundup of the Canadian Junior shootout in Victoria
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE LAUNCHES VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • MASTERWORKS? THE ART OF CURLING POSTERS

    A whack of colourful bonspiel adverts has caught our eye
    DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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
    DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINK WITH PROMO CODE DISCOUNT (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

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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.

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Volume 60 Issue 3: January 2016

  • CURLING DOPING SCANDAL

    An exhaustive examination of the McLaren Report reveals that curling athletes were swept up in Russia’s state-sponsored cheating effort
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES MULTIPLE VIDEOS, EVIDENCE SAMPLES, WEB ARCHIVES (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • JANUARY CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    The sheer amount of curling available to watch in January is so enormous it made our page designer cry. Only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINKS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • SENSATIONAL SCRAMBLE

    Columnist Terry Jones tries to make hay of the CTRS and declares the next two Olympic trials teams from “The Curling News Election Desk”
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • CLUB CORNER: ATTRACTING THAT ELUSIVE AGE DEMOGRAPHIC

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

  • EUROPEAN CONFETTI CHAMPIONSHIPS

    It was simply shock and awe at Scotland’s Braehead arena
    – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE FEATURING MULTIPLE VIDEOS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • FROM TONKIN, SASK. TO ZURICH

    Guy Scholz sits down with the Canadian coach of Switzerland’s Team Tirinzoni
    – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE FEATURING VIDEO (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • DOUBLES WITHOUT THE MIX?

    Warren Hansen visits Top Golf in Las Vegas and thinks of more changes to the Roaring Game

  • RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR A NEW YEAR

    Matt Brouwer muses on rock handle colours, more curling podcasts, the Viking Horde’s logo and the Dutch qualifying for the worlds

  • CURLING IN AMERICA: WISCONSIN JUNIORS

    Eau Claire, Wisconsin had never hosted a junior bonspiel before – now Canadian kids are invited to the 2017 sequel
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINK (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

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Volume 60 Issue 2: December 2016

  • KING NIKLAS HAS RISEN

    No non-Canadian team had ever won a Grand Slam title. Then the red-hot Swedes won two of them in a row
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • DECEMBER CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    The sheer amount of curling to watch in December is truly remarkable, and only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINKS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • OLYMPIC PODIUM ALREADY DECIDED

    Columnist Rodger Schmidt returns with a stunning declaration: Only four nations will win all the medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • PACIFIC INTRIGUE WITH 14 MONTHS TO GO

    The Pacific Championships provided intriguing storylines as the 2018 Olympic Winter Games draw ever closer
    – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • CLUB CORNER: KEYS TO SUSTAINBLE CURLING

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

  • THE CURLING NEWS TOP 15

    Updated regularly online and appearing for the first time in print, The Curling News Top 15 ranks the best curling team performances as they occur around the world, for both men and women, and utilizes savvy curling knowledge, complex mathematical theorems, and plain old subjectivity. Got it? Good. Now, argue away
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTOS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • WANT WOMEN? HURRY HARD RIGHT NOW

    The 2017 Women of Curling Calendar is almost sold out; order now to grab the best-selling stocking stuffer of the curling season
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTOS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • IS THE CORNER GUARD STILL EFFECTIVE?

    Andrew Denny plays the numbers game with the corner guard, featuring all kinds of statistics that melt our brains
    – DIGITAL EDITION GUARANTEED TO CONFOUND YOU AS MUCH AS THE PRINT EDITION

  • ON WARREN, WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY

    Kevin Palmer sat down to chat with our columnist, aka the man in the dark robes
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • SALUTING THE REAL TOP CURLING COACHES

    Robbie Gallaugher sings the praises of the curling coach you’ve never heard of, because he or she is still toiling away at the rec/club level

  • THE MOOSE RAN LOOSE… AND OTHER TALES

    The Canadian Mixed is proving to be a top competition that commands respect
    – DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • 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
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES DIRECT WEBLINK (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • CHERYL AT CURLERS’ COURT

    Cheryl Bernard finally went to Scotland and battled in curling, golf and Scotch
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES VIDEO (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • DECEMBER NEWSDESK

    Ontario rivals coach for Scotland (there’s actually three of them)… Ben is not so gentle… The Curling News Gold Trail sees six teams with over 50K so far

  • YES, HE ACTUALLY STOLE THE BOOK

    Matt Brouwer reviewed a curling book, and liked it so much he is refusing to give it back
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

  • THERE’S A LITTLE TORONTO GOING ON IN VANCOUVER

    Sam Corea is back home in B.C. and lo and behold, the Harvest Bonspiel revealed evidence of a healthy new club spirit
    – DIGITAL EDITION LAUNCHES PHOTO GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

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Volume 60 Issue 1: November 2016

  • THEY’RE BACK: THE WOMEN OF CURLING

    12 athlete models from four nations have teamed up to raise much-needed funds for 14 different charitable causes – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. EXCLUSIVE IMAGES NOT SEEN IN THE CALENDAR (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • FROM BROOMGATE TO… NYLON OXFORD 420D?

    “The Guy Who Ruined Curling” is back with an investigation of all post-Broomhaha decisions and, well, he’s not sure the war is over – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • WORLD MIXED MAYHEM IN RUSSIA

    Thirty-seven nations battled for the second-ever World Mixed Championship title –DIGITAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • CURLING TV/WEB GUIDE

    You simply won’t believe the amount of curling to watch in November, and only we have the most in-depth and accurate listings – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. EXPANDED LISTINGS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • THE CURLING NEWS TOP 15

    Updated regularly online and appearing for the first time in print, The Curling News Top 15 ranks the best curling team performances as they occur around the world, for both men and women, and utilizes savvy curling knowledge, complex mathematical theorems, and plain old subjectivity. So there… – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. UPDATED PHOTO INFO (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • OUT OF RETIREMENT?

    2010 Olympic heroine Cheryl Bernard hit the ice not once, not twice, but four times between September and the end of October… what is going on? – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • LET’S TALK EIGHT ENDS… AGAIN

    Warren Hansen says national and word curling needs to go to eight-end games, and here’s why…

  • CURLING PODCASTS: GAINING POPULARITY

    Matt Brouwer explains podcasting and spotlights some of the shows available for audio bliss – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. DIRECT CONTENT LINKS (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • WHERE PRAIRIE CURLING LIFE MIRRORS THE RIDERS

    “On The Road” Columnist Guy Scholz went home – almost – for the 112th Saskatoon Men’s Bonspiel and experienced prairie family, faith and vocations – DIGITAL EDITION FEAT. IMAGE GALLERY (SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)

  • NOVEMBER NEWSDESK

    A new face of Russian curling masks deep problems with the country’s sport administrators… new expanded “pool” formats for Canada’s major championships… In two provinces, Sportsnet is out and Shaw and Title Sports Live are in… and we say farewell to an old friend from Grande Prairie

  • BRUSHING BADASSERY ON THE RISE

    “Curling In America” columnist Dean Gemmell is super busy these days as his Badass Brushing machine continues to roll

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12 athletes featured in new 2017 Women of Curling Calendar

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Three years after a men’s curling calendar broke recent sales records, the Women of Curling are back with a new, high-quality 2017 wall calendar featuring 12 athlete models from four countries.

Each athlete’s photography was designed and shot according to her specifications, in conjunction with a volunteer photographer from her community. In addition, each athlete will be selling units to raise funds for a charity or cause she has personally selected.

“I didn’t hesitate to join this project, not for a second,” said Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, whose 2014 Olympic bronze medal-winning squad captured the top prize at the Curling Champions Tour event in Basel, Switzerland on Sunday. “This is all about strong women, dedicated to training, competition and accomplishment in today’s world. And it’s also about fundraising for causes that are near and dear to each of us.”

Muirhead, who has won every medal colour at the World and European Championships, is raising money for Mindspace, a mental health counselling and recovery centre in Perth, Scotland.

The calendars are on sale now at womenofcurling.com for CDN $29.95 (U.S. $34.95).

Free shipping is also available to curling facilities that wish to sell product to their members.

Muirhead threw down the gauntlet to the men’s calendar athletes, and to her fellow 2017 athlete models.

“I understand the men’s calendar in 2014 sold extremely well,” said Muirhead. “Congratulations to them, but now it’s our turn. I think the ladies will have the last word on sales figures, because we’re going to bring it.”

2014 Olympic champion Dawn McEwen watched her husband, Mike McEwen, appear on the cover of the men’s calendar. Now, the lead for Winnipeg’s legendary Team Jennifer Jones has made her own appearance, and looks forward to a friendly rivalry within her home.

“I might have an advantage because I can draw sales from the city I grew up in,” laughed the Ottawa-born Olympic and world champion, whose team finished second at a World Curling Tour event in Calgary on Monday night. “We’ll see how it goes. I look forward to my husband pushing for sales as he’s competing on tour as well.”

The 2017 Women of Curling are:

Emma Miskew – Team Rachel Homan – Ottawa, Canada – raising funds for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation

Taylor McDonald – Team Kelsey Rocque – Edmonton, Canada – raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation

Sofia Mabergs – Team Anna Hasselborg – Härnösand, Sweden – raising funds for the Swedish Curling Academy

Eve Muirhead – Team Muirhead – Stirling, Scotland – raising funds for Mindspace

Dawn McEwen – Team Jennifer Jones – Winnipeg, Canada – raising funds for Manitoba UNDERDOGS Rescue

Rachel Brown – Team Val Sweeting – Edmonton, Canada – raising funds for Boarding for Brant

Daniela Jentsch – Team Jentsch – Füssen, Germany – raising funds for Right To Play

Jocelyn Peterman – Team Chelsea Carey – Calgary, Canada – raising funds for the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation

Anna Sidorova – Team Sidorova – Moscow, Russia – raising funds for the Konstantin Khabensky Charitable Foundation

Jamie Sinclair – Team Sinclair – Minnesota, USA – raising funds for youth development at the Charlotte Curling Association

Joanne Courtney – Team Rachel Homan – Ottawa/Edmonton, Canada – raising funds for the Kidney Foundation

Chelsea Carey – Team Carey – Calgary/Winnipeg, Canada – raising funds for KidSport Calgary and Vic’s Little VIPs Memorial Fund

The 2017 Women of Curling Calendar is a co-production of The Community Fundraiser and The Curling News. Additional fundraising revenues will be directed to the Curling Canada Foundation.