Recently, I’ve had some requests from high schools to get out and try the sport of curling. The success of these inquiries are still to be determined since some are in the planning and approval stages. The question I keep asking myself is “Why not try curling?”
Let the Olympics begin!!!
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Last Friday, CCC was invited to appear on the radio show “It’s Great Outdoors” on 89.3 FM WMKV. Hosted by Carol Mundy every Friday at 1pm, the show covers all things Cincinnati parks.
What does curling have to do with Cincinnati parks, you ask? Well, Carol is a self-described curling fan, so we were glad to speak with her even though we knew our curling was done in climate-controlled indoor conditions. But did you know that even today, curling is sometimes done outdoors, as it was when the game originally started? Recently, Rochester Curling Club hosted their annual* “Curling on the Canal” event, where participants are able to curl on the frozen Erie Canal.
Listen to our interview here, and thanks again to Carol and WMKV for having us!
*weather permitting, of course
Ah, Las Vegas! You know the tag line, “What Happens in vegas, Stays in Vegas”. Well, recently I was involved in the 2014 Continental Cup of Curling in Las Vegas and since it was broadcast around the world, I can tell a few stories.
Being an ice technician for the sport of curling is a bit of a thankless job. Kind of like that NFL referee that calls a great game, you never remember his name but the one who keeps blowing calls, he is all over the broadcast. Dressed in black to hide in the background and work once the cameras are off, between games our days are long, tedious and filled with coffee and salty snacks.
One of the first people I met when we arrived in Vegas was the head of the organizing committee, Anne Warner Cribbs. A former Olympic Athlete herself, working for BASOC (The Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee) and non-curler. Really? Yes, never has seen an event like this before. So, I asked (being a builder of the game) how it was going; ticket sales, hotels and other stuff outside the field of play. They budgeted for 500 full event passes and sold 3,400! The Orleans arena seats about 7,700 for hockey, I knew the place was going to look great with some full seats. Nothing worse than a empty looking stadium. Check out the NBA D-League some time on TV. Brutal. So ticket sales are great. Hotel rooms are being booked. Orleans Hotel and Casino is right next door and their sister resort is booking rooms too. Plus we are only slightly off-strip.
My first shift was at noon on Monday. So my Mrs (she’s volunteering too) and I spent some time together adjusting to the time zone. Prim rib, gambling and I’ve probably said too much. Vegas Baby!!
My first shift was my first introduction to the USA Curling ice gurus. They were all skilled at the fine are of curling ice. It was just a matter of some guidance from the Head Ice Techs. Considering the state of the arena before we got it, I think it went very well.
The talent in this event was outstanding. Nine of the twelve teams were Olympic bound. Team North America has all four; USA’s Shuster and Brown and Canada’s Jacobs and Jones. Team World had GB’s Murdoch and Muirhead, Sweden’s Sigfridsson and Edin and Norway’s Ulsrud. With so many Olympic preview match ups it was tough to focus on one game. There were great shots being made all over the place.
The staff at the Orleans had no idea what they signed up for. With crowds around the 4,000 mark per draw (or game time) and 3 draws a day; all these people wanted to eat at the same times. It created some busy times for sure. The predominately Canadian crowd was very polite and respectful. Classic curling fans. I must give the staff credit, they adjusted on the fly very well. By day 2 there were more staff in the key areas. My breakfast came so quick, I asked the waiter if he stole it from someone else. Straight faced he said “If I told you I’d have to take you out too.” Hilarious!! It was also amazing to watch the staff watching the games. So inquisitive. So curious. With a very knowledgable crowd, they gained a bunch of info at every meeting with the friendly crowd. I had chatted with security and ambulance staff mostly. I think the Las Vegas Curling Club might get a couple of new locals coming out to give it a try.
The Canadian fans that travelled to the event were outstanding. Obviously a knowledgable crowd but also purchased to the tune of selling out the merchandise stand, twice! Pins were a hot commodity, which I usually am on the look out for but I couldn’t deal with some of the lineups. I got some pins but only left with one of the Ace pins. I guess I’ll have some trading to do.
The event was great. Volunteers did a great job. The crowds broke records, for the event and for attendance at a curling event in the USA. If it doesn’t go back to Las Vegas, it will be a huge mistake.