Last year I was surprised to find that I resided in a nation that just did not care about curling
. In fact, a good deal of my American friends don't know the basics of curling, while others have never even heard of the sport. Growing up in a community that had ample curling clubs, school programs dedicated to grooming the next generation of world class curlers, and was home to the incredible Sandra Schmirler
, it had never occurred to me that some folks just did not have an interest in the sport.
It has been a difficult adjustment to switch gears and watch the NFL, the NBA, and college football. The most difficult part of this transition has been going cold turkey on curling as the television networks here do not seem to cover the sport. I am thrilled at the prospect of watching Olympic curling but it will be interesting to see just how much coverage the event will receive on NBC
, and even then it will understandably be the American teams that are featured.
In the meantime, expats who are in desperate need of a curling fix with a Canadian twist can drop by CBC Sports' website
which is currently dedicated to the Olympic curling trials. The site also has links to a curling themed game called Ringo and a championship curling game where the virtual you can hurl a few rocks.