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Women's Curling - Just finished

post #1 of 18
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Results will be in next post so it doesn't appear on the front page
post #2 of 18
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GB v Switzerland women's curling just finished - scroll down for result.
GB v Switzerland women's curling just finished - scroll down for result.
GB v Switzerland women's curling just finished - scroll down for result.
GB v Switzerland women's curling just finished - scroll down for result.
GB v Switzerland women's curling just finished - scroll down for result.

Switzerland WON the silver, by one point.

post #3 of 18
What's so exciting. The sport was invented by a bunch of drunken, bored Scots and GB has more of them than any other country.

I see Canada beat the US for the bronze. No biggy since we'll get payback in both hockey contests.
post #4 of 18
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Thanks for your enthusiasm, I guess if other teams were in the final, you might have been more interested.

post #5 of 18
I am embarrassed my country even fields a team. My god, have you seen that sport. It looks like something out of a dream sequence in a Bergman film. What is sad is the US/Canada curling match will probably get more air time than the men's GS over here.
post #6 of 18
You beat me to it, Fox!

Was poised to do just the same, only with this link for those who - unlike Rio - might want to taste into the Olympic spirit for a milisecond...

mega brill result!!!

And Rio, no, most of the world's curlers are Canadians and Americans, not "drunken, bored Scots". Have a nice day yourself.

post #7 of 18
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Oh, and I must stand up for scotski, and her fellow countrymen.

Not all scots are bored.

post #8 of 18
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Not all scots are bored <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm not bored and I'm not a drunk either. But I am a Scot(sort of) who likes his Scotch.
post #9 of 18
The curling was riviting. Great stuff. I loved the American team, especially Ericson. If you take the time to watch, it's a really complex game . It got great exposure in these games. Growing up in a place that stays below zero six months a year and has a tavern on every corner helps. It's a mentality.. these are things people do to keep from going mad elevated to high art! Congratulations Great Britain!

This just in; the annual Lake Winnebago Ice Fisheree in Oshkosh was canceled this year for the first time ever due to soft ice and warm weather.. bad sign
post #10 of 18
Rio - Too bad you didn't get payback in women's hockey.

Heck, you even had an extra player, in a striped shirt out there!!
post #11 of 18
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jimmy P:
Rio - Too bad you didn't get payback in women's hockey.

Heck, you even had an extra player, in a striped shirt out there!!

I respect women's hockey & Canada should be proud of that team. I just have a hard time accepting curling as an Olympic sport. Crap, they won't let bowling in so why should curling be allowed. The Olympics are getting diluted by psuedo-sports not ready for prime-time including women's half-pipe & almost all snowboard racing.
post #12 of 18
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No, I think Curling is nearly the perfect Olympic sport.
The athletes use the identical stones - not their own.
It requires skill, judgement, timing and teamwork.
It is not in-your-face competitive (I mean people are gentlemanly in their participation)
It does not depend on one short game to produce a result.

What are you looking for in an Olympic sport? is it a competition between ski manufacterers? or wax? or your draw defining how good the conditions are that you compete on? or just something that your country wins?

post #13 of 18
Rio; sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the curling!

Curling, like golf, is more of a player's sport than spectator's sport. Its one of those pastimes that has have never been a part of US culture. In Canada, every tiny town has a curling rink. I once lived in a northern community with a population of 500. EVERYONE in town curled; the cops would be playing against or on the same team as the crooks they just let out of jail in the morning; the mayor, the miners, local artists, minister, teachers, retailers, kids; and even the gas station closed when there was a bonspiel (or tournament). It held the community together, and is part of what makes our true North strong and free.

In the US there is a game called football that much of the world doesn't quite see the point of... what's so exciting about a sport where you dress in a suit of armour and run around for 20 seconds at a time and before stopping to pick your nose for 5 minutes and running for 20 seconds again? Yet in America, its even bigger than hockey! Different strokes for different folks.

The wonderful thing about the Olympics is it allows us to share our diversity with other cultures, and perhaps understand, if not appreciate each other in a competitive environment. Perhaps American football will one day be an Olympic event.

Is there a curling rink in your area? Give it a try... you may be pleasantly suprised at what an enjoyable pastime it is.
post #14 of 18
Curling is a socializing sport which is great. So are bowling, croquet, darts & billiards and none of those are in the Olympics even though they probably have move participants.

I'm not sure how it is on the other side of the Atlantic, but curling is popular in small town Canada & small US towns running along the Canadian boarder. The people in these towns are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. But the fact that the sport is played by nice people doesn't mean it merits Olympic status.

The Olympics have become a joke. Canada added curling when they hosted the Winter Olympics. The LA Olympics added an even worse event, synchronized swimming. TV, needing events that attract the younger audience advertisers love, has spurred the Olympics to add sports like skeleton, snow boarding, sand volleyball & others often before they are ready. (I realize skeleton is an old event but it has few participants & was almost extinct before the Olympics added it back to the line-up.) I guess the good news is the US Winter Olympic medal count will continue to go up since we seem to be embracing the newer events over the old.
post #15 of 18
Curling, it seems to me, meets all the Olympic criteria.

It requires physical skill and precision - how many of you could have pulled off that last stone?

It embraces high levels of physical fitness - the Scottish (sorry, British) team had spent 36+ hours on the ice, in chunks of up to three hours at a time, to reach that final.

And it requires great mental discipline and complex strategic thinking.

So what's the problem? Just because it's not to everyone's taste doesn't mean it's unfit to be an Olympic sport.

Some people find alpine ski-ing as interesting as watching paint dry - we might think they're sad souls who should get a life, but they're still entitled to their view.
post #16 of 18
I've really benn enjoying curling. It is a great strategic sport. All sports don't need to be all out physical contests. Curling almost seems more akin to "chess on ice," which seems pretty cool to me.

My personal pick for a "sport" to eliminate is ice dancing.
post #17 of 18
I don't think there is anything wrong with curling - but if you are not a fan, it certainly is like watching paint dry. Yesterday I went into my office for lunch after working with some instructors all morning, theres a TV in my office up on the mountain so I pulled up the Olympics . . . instructors popping in my office to say hello got no end of amusement at seeing curling on the screen! I played along and after every good throw (or is it 'toss', 'slide', 'push' ???) I would scream and holler like a typical football nut type. We ended up with a crowd standing there saying things like "the athleticism!", "the stunning tactics!" . . . and etc. It was fun!
post #18 of 18
I've curled a bit in my life, even threw the winning rock in a bonspiel when I was younger.

I like the description of the game as chess on ice. Strategy and a fine touch are what wins the games.

I do remember when Calgary was going to include it in the Olympics for the first time, there was great concern over who would get to represent Canada. In the "old" days the winners were quite often pot-bellied middle aged guys, that nobody would mistake for elite athletes. I seem to remember certain rinks were told to trim down, before they would be allowed into the playdowns.

Like others have said, it's incredibly popular in the small towns, especially across the prairies. I mean, when it's 40 below outside, with the wind howling, what better thing to be doing than sliding across the ice, in between taking a drink of beer??
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