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    Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    Curling Rocks
    by Expat

    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.






    Posted by Expat at 8:41 AM







    I'm trying to learn since the soon husband curles every sunday. I went to a game once and have tried to learn more and more. He speaks about me joining up next year. Who knows, it might wear off on me. And yes I was basically one who knew next to nothing about curling before moving to Canada.




    You'd think that any sport where you can drink during the game and still feel okay to play would be popular all over.




    Particularly a sport where drinking is actually encouraged during gameplay! ;)

    Have you caught on to the secret of loving curling, Expat Traveler? LMAO




    Acutally the World Championships will be held in Lowell, MA in 2006. See this link: http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_3262367


    Posted by Anonymous Alex at 9:31 PM, December 06, 2005  



    That is great news!

    Thanks Alex! :)




    Well I think his club is more social, but when you still have to get in your car and drive home, I wouldn't exactly consider it a beer fest. ;-)




    True...

    It would be a sad state of affairs to have to line up a designated driver for a curling match. ;)




    I attempted curling once.. I had no idea just how difficult the sport is and how much skill is needed to play well. My attempt ended with a pulled thigh muscle and much more respect for the game and the players.







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