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Curling Wed May 09 2018 14:43:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The U.S. men’s curling team that won the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics is shuffling its lineup after vice-skip Tyler George decided he wants to take a break from competing. The team led by John Shust
His trophy case complete after winning the Champions Cup for the first time, Brad Gushue and his St. John’s team are aiming for even bigger things over the next quadrennial. “There’s still lots to play for and just becau
It is good to see that the old 'British Open' trophy is being played for this weekend at the Peak, Stirling. The trophy's history is worthy of mention. It was first played for at the Falkirk Ice Rink in 1945. That rink had opened on Wednesday, Novemb
CALGARY — Brad Gushue capped an undefeated 7-0 run in the Champions Cup to close out the Grand Slam of Curling season with an 8-2 win over Glenn Howard on Sunday. The St. John’s, N.L., crew of Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Br
It is easy to ask a question, but often rather more difficult to find the answer. This I found out when, some time ago, I wondered, "When was the first photograph of curling taken?"I knew there were some old photos of curling and curlers out there. B
CALGARY — Winnipeg skips Jason Gunnlaugson and Mike McEwen won tiebreaker games Saturday morning to reach the playoff round at the Champions Cup. Gunnlaugson scored a single in the eighth end for a 4-3 victory over Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste.
I do like a good mystery, and there are many lurking in curling's history. For example, why did the Murray Trophy cease being played for as a competition for young curlers in 1935, just six years after it had been presented to encourage such play?In
OESTERSUND, Sweden — Canada won gold in the men’s and women’s competitions Saturday at the world senior curling championships at the Ostersund Arena. Sherry Anderson’s Saskatoon team of third Patty Hersikorn, s
The Clydesdale Bank was for many years a great supporter of women's curling in Scotland. The bank first came aboard in October 1977, when the national competition was to find a team to represent Scotland at the European Championship. The European pla
CALGARY — Saskatoon’s Colton Flasch upset world champion Niklas Edin of Sweden 5-3 at the Champions Cup on Friday. Flasch opened with a deuce and never trailed in the early draw at WinSport Arena. Glenn Howard of Tiny, Ont., edged
The season 2001-02 was a great one for the women curlers of Scotland. Not only did Rhona Martin, Debbie Knox, Fiona MacDonald, Janice Rankin and Margaret Morton win Olympic Gold in Ogden, Utah, representing Great Britain, but just weeks later Jackie
CALGARY — Olympic gold medallist Anna Hasselborg of Sweden beat Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 6-2 in six ends on Thursday in the ninth draw of the Champions Cup, the final stop on the Grand Slam of Curling tour. Hasselborg (2-1) opened wi
Did you know that Pingu went curling in January 1991 with his friend Robby the Seal? The episode was called 'Pingu's Curling Party'. The five minute animation was one of the episodes in Series 2 of Pingu's exploits. You can watch a remastered version
Laura Crocker and Kirk Muyres finished second in Group E with a 6-1 record at the massive 40-nation championship in Sweden
It is not as well known as it should be that when you win an Olympic medal you also receive a diploma which recognises the fact. Initially it was only winners of medals who received these, but nowadays those finishing in the first eight places in an
Calgary’s Kevin Koe rebounded with a 6-5 victory over Kurt Balderston of Grand Prairie, Alta., on Day 2 of the Champions Cup in Calgary on Wednesday. Koe, who was the runner-up at the 2017 event, fell behind 4-2 after five ends, but rallied
With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games almost upon us, here are some photos to remind you of those who have represented Great Britain at the Games in years past. Just how all these teams fared on the ice can be found in the World Curling Federation's His
CALGARY — Winnipeg’s Jason Gunnlaugson toppled Calgary’s Kevin Koe 6-3 on Tuesday to open the Champions Cup, the seventh and final event on the Grand Slam of Curling tour. The two teams were tied 3-3 through four ends, b
There is a rather odd reference to a bonspiel between Scottish and English curlers, said to have occurred in 1795 at Kirtlebridge. I wondered if this actually took place, so I set out to examine the evidence.The match is referred to in History of Cur
After taking some time off following a disappointing performance at the Pyeongchang Games, the members of Team Homan recently got together at a Toronto hotel to discuss their future plans. They decided they will continue to curl together as a foursom
Curlers have always liked to sing. Not necessarily on the ice of course, but at post-match festivities, and club dinners. Or on friendship tours, and at international competitions. At the 2004 Ford World Curling Championships in Gavle, Sweden, altern
TORONTO — Calgary’s Kevin Koe maintained his perfect record en route to capturing the Players’ Championship with a 6-2 win over Sweden’s Niklas Edin on Sunday. It is the fifth curling Grand Slam title of Koe&am
I was searching in the British Newspaper Archive last week for articles about curling on Christmas Day in times past, and my search took me to this page of the Daily Record of January 14, 1914. There was a photo of a group of curlers on the page. The
TORONTO — Calgary’s Kevin Koe maintained his perfect record en route to capturing the Players’ Championship with a 6-2 win over Sweden’s Niklas Edin on Sunday. Koe avenged his loss to Edin in the world champion
Driving today into Lochwinnoch from the south, you pass between two large expanses of water, the Barr Loch, and Castle Semple Loch, both now part of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Lochwinnoch Reserve. Both lochs have a curling history!
TORONTO — Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa defeated Edmonton’s Laura Crocker 8-3 in a tiebreaker game Saturday morning at the Players’ Championship. Fujisawa will face Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones in quarterfina
The European Championships twenty years ago were held in Fussen, Germany, December 6-13, 1997. That's the winners, above. The women's champions were (L-R) Elisabet Gustafson (skip), Katarina Nyberg, Louise Marmont, Margaretha Lindahl and Elisabeth Pe
TORONTO — Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones defeated South Korea’s EunJung Kim 8-2 on Friday afternoon to remain unbeaten at the Players’ Championship. Jones, the reigning world champion, needed only six ends to comple
Not all old curling stones are made from Ailsa Craig granite. When David Smith wrote 'Some facts about old stones' back in 2008, see here, he listed many of the different types of stone that had been used to make curling stones, as he had found in ad
TORONTO — Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones is off to a strong start at the Players’ Championship. The reigning world champion is 3-0 to begin the sixth Grand Slam of Curling event of the season after downing Edmonton’
I've written already about some of the pioneering women who took to the curling ice at the end of the nineteenth, and beginning of the twentieth, centuries, see here and here. When an old postcard came up for sale on eBay earlier this year, I realise
TORONTO — Scotland’s Bruce Mouat defeated Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen 6-3 in men’s round-robin play Wednesday morning at the Players’ Championship. In women’s play, American Jamie Sinclair defeat
The Scottish Ice Rink at Crossmyloof, Glasgow, opened for business on Tuesday, October 1, 1907. This image, from the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Annual for 1907-08, is the only photo of the outside of the rink that I know of. I think we are looking
The current norm on the elite curling scene is to approach lineup decisions and future plans with a full quadrennial in mind. Veteran skip Glenn Howard is bucking that trend by taking things one season at a time. Howard recently announced he&#821
 Chuck Hay, legend, died last week, aged 87. That's him in happy times on the hack at the Brora rink. You will find the World Curling Federation's obituary here.Some years ago I wrote the following about Chuck and his team of John Bryden, Al
LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue fell a win short of a second straight men’s world curling championship and settled for silver Sunday. Sweden’s Niklas Edin avenged a loss to Gushue in last year’s worl
In 2009, Robin Copland wrote 'Curling in the Footsteps of History', looking back one hundred years to when Canadian curlers visited Scotland for the first time. Robin's booklet was reproduced on the Curling History blog in four parts, here, here, her
LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue advanced to the semifinal at the men’s world curling championship with a 6-4 win over Greg Persinger of the United States on Saturday. Gushue, from St. John’s, N.L., faced Scotl
In 1908, the Wanlockhead village school received a letter from the Reverend John Kerr. The Royal Caledonian Curling Club chaplain wanted to know about the school curling club. John Edmond, the schoolmaster, organised for photographs to be taken, and
LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue fell 6-5 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin today at the men’s world curling championship. The loss for Canada means Gushue won’t get a bye to Saturday’s semifinals. Gu
Wednesday, February 21, 1855, dawned cold and fair. The ice on Corsebar Pond was good. The curlers of Paisley were soon engaged in a bonspiel, those from the north side of the town playing those from the south side. Many came to watch.A brass band wa
LAS VEGAS — A more generous playoff format at the men’s world curling championship is getting mixed reviews from skips. The World Curling Federation added a 13th country to the field this year and increased the number of playoff t
Back in the eighteenth century, when it was not possible to travel far, curlers would only have had the opportunity to play against those from the neighbouring parish. These were the days before railways, and even getting to a neutral venue for a bon
LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue, Sweden’s Niklas Edin and Scotland’s Bruce Mouat have made the playoffs at the World Men’s Curling Championship. Gushue was idle in Thursday morning’s draw a
Curling these days is very colourful, and the painted circles at each end of the sheet contribute to making the game look attractive to those who are seeing it for the first time. The circles, the head, or the house, is that area which stones have to
LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue defeated Norway’s Steffen Walstad 8-2 at the men’s world curling championship Wednesday. Gushue improved to 6-1 and sat tied with Scotland for second behind Sweden’s N
I wrote recently about the Royal Bank Ladies World Curling Championship in 1979 (the first world women's championship, see here) and noted that the programme contained two pages with a montage of cartoons entitled 'To see ourselves ... as others see
LAS VEGAS — Canada’s Brad Gushue defeated Norway’s Steffen Walstad 8-2 at the men’s world curling championship Wednesday. Gushue improved to 6-1 and sat second behind Sweden’s Niklas Edin at 7-1. The
 Recognise the curlers on the photo above? This is a photograph of a Swiss women's curling squad, from a promotional postcard, duly autographed by all involved. They were Swiss champions, and about to take part in the first women's world cur
LAS VEGAS — Not content to be one of the best curlers in the world, Kevin Martin went rogue to make the sport more lucrative for athletes and more marketable. The 51-year-old from Edmonton was inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame on