In Riga Latvia, The Women's World Curling Championship was held Mar. 16th-24th Watch the Canadians Play the Russian and other full matches on YouTube. Here.
The official site and result can be seen here at http://www.wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/
The United States Curling Assocation (USCA) hosts national championships each year. The Mens and Womens even was February 9th -16th,2013 in Greenbay, WI. (website - http://www.2013usacurlingnationals.com/)
Anyone can watch recaped highlights at Universal Sports. Full matches if you subscribe to dish network. (Sorry, Time Warner does not support Universal Sports).
The winners (Clark and Brown) of these events will play in the World Curling Championship held in Victoria, British Columbia, CA Mar 30, 2013-Sun Apr 7, 2013 for the Men. (website - http://www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/ ) and Riga, Latvia March 16th-24th for the Women. (website - http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com/home).
The Winners will also be one of 4 seeds playing down for a spot on the US Olympic Team in November 10th-17th in Fargo, ND. (Background Into - http://www.teamusa.org/Media/Games/2014/Preview/Team-USA/Curling.aspx)
USCA Press Release for Women (PDF)
USCA Press Release for Men (PDF)
You Tube interviews
Our Winter season starts the end of September and ends around the first of April , in which we have two opportunities nearly every week to curl. Choose either or both.
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Thanks to Canadian Curling Association for producing these great set of videos. Our members can relate and add to these experiences about this surprising energetic sport.
While most curling clubs close for the summer, We can offer curling nearly year round. and no, we will be curling on ice.
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In a previous article, we talked about knowing when to sweep. But knowing when to sweep does not do much good if your well-timed sweeping is ineffective. So, what does it take to be
Column by Jon Mielke and USA Curling
Column by Jon Mielke and USA Curling
Look around during league play or at a bonspiel. You will see almost as many sweeping techniques as there are curlers, and some of them are pretty entertaining. But watch a world or Olympic event – the participants’ techniques are strikingly similar. Everything is done to create maximum heat via pressure and velocity. Here Column by Jon Mielke provided by USA Curlingare some related things to strive for when you are modifying your sweeping technique to achieve maximum results:
It is also important to note that there are two basic body positions for sweepers. In one, the sweeper’s back is fairly vertical and the hands are roughly 1/3 and 2/3 of the way down the shaft of the broom. In the other position, the sweeper’s back is nearly horizontal, with one hand about halfway down the handle and the other hand within about a foot of the brush head.
Both of these positions are effective but the upright option is easier to teach and puts less stress on the lower back. More accomplished curlers may, however, want to experiment with the more horizontal option. In either case, the sweeper’s legs are angled away from the stone, putting the sweeper into a tripod position involving both feet and the head of the broom. This position transfers the maximum amount of body weight and pressure onto the head of the broom.
Whatever changes you make to your current technique will feel awkward, but don’t give up. Personally, I remember all the adjustments that I made over the years. I went from a corn broom to a brush, from sweeping with a slider to two grippers, from sweeping strictly on one side of the stone to being able to sweep on both sides, from sweeping with the handle of the broom on my thigh to getting all my body weight going down the broom and on to the ice, etc., etc., etc.
None of these changes came easy but they were all worthwhile, because effective brushing truly does contribute to winning the battle. It may even be the difference between winning and losing. Good shooting, by itself, does not win games, and good strategy, by itself, does not win games. Similarly, effective brushing, by itself, will not win games. But, all three taken together, along with good team communications and compatibility, are what it takes to be a really good team. Do your part and work at being a good sweeper. It really does make a difference.
Until next time – good curling!
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